THE TRAITORS: BBC EYES UP SECOND SERIES BEFORE THE FIRST HAS AIRED
Claudia Winkleman is the host of BBC One’s show The Traitors, a new unscripted competition series built on strategy and suspicion which has started filming in a castle in the Scottish Highlands.
The Sun now reports that the BBC are set to commission a second series, which could go into production as soon as this Autumn.
A TV insider said: "Rumours are Beeb bosses are so impressed with the finished product they've already got the wheels in motion with the production company. And host Claudia has also been blown away by the experience of making the 12-parter."
"It's unusual for executives to be so excited y a programme that they take this step. It's certainly a vote of confidence in the format."
The Traitors, made by Studio Lambert Scotland, is an intense psychological game in which players must decide who they can trust. In each episode, the players work together to complete spectacular physical and mental missions.
If they are successful, they add money to a prize pot, which is worth up to £120,000. But to win the prize pot, players must survive to the end of the game – they must avoid being ‘murdered’ or ‘banished’.
Claudia Winkleman says: “I’m obsessed by psychological games and I couldn’t stop watching the Dutch version of the show. The fact that the BBC version is set in a castle in Scotland and the producers want me to wear tweed meant I was all in.”
At the start of the game, a small number of players are secretly selected by Claudia to be The Traitors. The rest of the players are known as ‘The Faithful’ and none of The Faithful know who The Traitors are.
Players are eliminated in one of two ways; each night, The Traitors meet in secret and decide to ‘murder’ one of The Faithful and next morning when the group meet for breakfast the ‘murdered’ player does not appear.
Then, later in the day, all the players meet at the ‘Round Table’ and decide to ‘banish’ a player they suspect of being a Traitor. Whomever they pick will then reveal if they are indeed a Traitor or a Faithful.
At the end of the game, the few remaining players will share the prize pot if they are all Faithful, but if there is still a Traitor among them, the Traitor takes all the prize money.
The Traitors (12 x 60’) was commissioned by Kate Phillips in her previous capacity as Director of Entertainment Commissioning and developed from Syeda Irtizaali for BBC One.