Now that I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! has ended, you’re probably itching to watch people take on trials that look simple on paper but are far more complex in reality. Well, BBC One has got you covered with their latest game show The Traitors. Hosted by Claudia Winkleman, the show sees 22 total strangers living in a Scottish castle while competing in challenges to win up to a total of £120,000. However, all the contestants are at risk of being “murdered” or “banished” by each other during their time in the castle, so they have to resort to backstabbing and deceit to win. There’s certainly potential for the BBC to extend this beyond one season, but will The Traitors return for Season 2?
According to a report from The Sun in July, the BBC had already ordered a second series of the show before the first had even aired. “Rumours are Beeb bosses are so impressed with the finished product they’ve already got wheels in motion with the production company,” a TV insider told the newspaper, adding that Winkleman was so “blown away by the experience” of making the first season that she’d be “likely to return” to host the next.
“It’s unusual for executives to be so excited by a programme that they take this step,” the source added. “It’s certainly a vote of confidence in the format.” A representative for the BBC declined to comment.
Winkleman is unquestionably prepared to return to host a potential second season, having jumped at the chance when the show was initially pitched to her. “I’m obsessed with psychological games and I couldn’t stop watching the Dutch version of the show,” she said in a press statement. “The fact that the BBC version is set in a castle in Scotland and the producers wanted me to wear tweed meant I was all in.”
For the meantime, fans can watch the American version of the series hosted by Alan Cummings. Taking place in the same Scottish castle, this debut differs from the UK’s in that the contestants are reality TV stars from the U.S., including Below Deck’s Kate Chastain, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Brandi Glanville, and Big Brother’s Cody Calafiore.
The Traitors U.S. will premiere on NBC’s streaming platform Peacock on Jan. 16. Peacock is available to use on Sky and NOW in the UK, but it’s not clear whether The Traitors will be streaming on the platform. Bustle has reached out to NOW for more clarification.
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