BBC Three launch date confirmed – and it’s good news for RuPaul fans

BBC Three is to return to our screens, six years after the channel was axed from TV.

In 2016, the BBC turned BBC Three into a purely digital offering, targeted towards younger viewers. It has aired shows such as Normal People, the adaptation of Sally Rooney’s acclaimed novel, and Drag Race UK.

However, BBC Three has proven so popular that the broadcaster has decided to bring it back to our screens, with the relaunch confirmed for Tuesday, February 1st.

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The channel will make its comeback with the launch of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Versus The World. The show will see drag queens from its UK version competing against international queens, and has recently confirmed an amazing line-up of judges, including Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall, Mel C, Michelle Keegan and Daisy May Cooper. They will join RuPaul, Michelle Visage and Alan Carr on the judging panel.

The BBC also confirmed that will be broadcasting live football matches from the ongoing African Cup of Nations. BBC Three viewers will be able to watch the semi-finals and final of the competition which is also being shown by Sky Sports.

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Fiona Campbell, Controller at BBC Three, emphasised how exciting it will be to show the final stages of the football tournament on free-to-air TV.

‘We know how popular sport is with younger audiences and it’s going to have a big part to play on BBC Three,’ she said.

‘AFCON is set to be an incredibly exciting tournament with some of the best players in the World on show and its brilliant news that we will be showing the climax of the competition on free to air television.’

BBC Three will broadcast from 7pm every night, and will be available to watch on Freeview, Sky, Virgin and Freesat, as well as on BBC iPlayer.