BBCs The Traitors renewed for second season with Claudia Winkleman to return as host

After becoming a fan favourite after “just a few weeks”, BBC’s The Traitors has been renewed for a second series with Claudia Winkleman expected to return as host.

The BBC has struck a deal with Studio Lambert so that The Traitors can return for another run next year following its climactic debut last month.

Speaking to The Daily Record, a source said that the choice to commission a second series was a “no-brainer” given its popularity.

“The Traitors has become a big hit after just a few weeks,” the insider said. “It was a no-brainer to commission another series.

“Everyone is hoping it will be even more popular by next year and become one of the biggest shows on TV.”

The show’s current host, Claudia, is also set to return for another stint, and an official announcement with all the juicy details is expected in the coming days.

The insider added: “Claudia absolutely loves the show and thinks it’s a brilliant format.

“It’s basically a done deal that she’ll be back.”

Described as the Highland Hunger Games, the gameshow is located at Ardross Castle in Scotland and sees contestants attempt to work out who among them is the traitor.

Meanwhile, the chosen traitors are tasked with going undetected while choosing one of the other contestants to “murder” each night.

Shockingly, contestants can even win a share of £120,000, which some fans were shocked over given that other shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race UK are unable to offer cash prizes.

The UK version of The Traitors is based on a Dutch version called De Verraders, which is produced by Marc Pos.

Stephen Lambert of Lambert Studios told The Guardian that the show had an immediate appeal because there was nothing like it on the market.

“I can’t think of a reality show quite like this in terms of the setting and the presentation,” said Lambert.

“The fact it talks about people being murdered … [the traitors] are wearing cloaks and there are lots of burning fires makes it different. Most reality shows tend to be in a contemporary setting whereas this is clearly evoking the past in some way.”

He added: “The format ramps up the tension,” which is “brutal” and “because we know who the Traitors are it’s much more interesting. Obviously the paranoia builds up, they take it all quite seriously because it’s quite intense and a big prize.”

And it looks like Stephen was right, because the show has gone down a treat with fans on social media.

“#TheTraitors IS SO GOOD. Like are you kidding me, all the scheming, the lies and the accusations. It makes for amazing tv, the British have done it again omgg,” wrote one person on Twitter.

“The Traitors is the best thing the BBC has done in years. Absolute chaos, camp as Christmas, Claudia Winkleman in increasingly massive jumpers. Flawless,” another wrote.

A third added: “#TheTraitors is the best thing on the BBC at the moment, block out 6 hours and watch all the episodes released so far. Also Amanda is the People’s Prince of Wales.”


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