Yes, it’s true! The popular reality television series will return for a second season. Continue reading to find out more.
It’s no surprise that this beloved series has been greenlit for a 12-part second season on the BBC network, as it has received 34 million views on BBC iPlayer and is the BBC’s biggest brand-new entertainment launch in just two years! This is impressive for a show that was one of the biggest new series for younger viewers across all BBC titles last year and the best new entertainment series on the BBC for young audiences since at least 2017.
The overall reception alone indicates the show’s popularity, along with the fairly good critical acclaim from the audience and critics, which makes it even more exciting for the creator’s something unique! Also, the announcement was confirmed by the official Twitter handle of the BBC, quoting, “The Traitors series two is OFFICIALLY coming! Think you could be the next Maddy Marple? Or go totally undetected in a glorious hooded cloak with @ClaudiaWinkle?” Take a look at the official post below:
🏰 The Traitors series two is OFFICIALLY coming!
Think you could be the next Maddy Marple? Or go totally undetected in a glorious hooded cloak with @ClaudiaWinkle?
Find out more ➡️ https://t.co/AltcNCrXQ1 pic.twitter.com/a5vX2h9uxX
— BBC Press Office (@bbcpress) February 27, 2023
The show is hosted by Claudia Winkleman who also expressed views on the series renewal, quoting, “I can’t wait to go back to the castle to watch people play the greatest game on television. I’m knitting a high funnel sweater immediately.” The Traitors is a nail-biting psychological reality competition where 22 strangers play the ultimate game of detection, backstabbing, and trust, in the hope of winning up to £120,000.
In most episodes, the group gathers at the Round Table to discuss who they suspect of being a Traitor and has the option to “banish” a contestant from the game by “banishing” them. Will the Faithfuls be able to detect a traitor among them, or will the traitors remain undetected? The contestant with the most votes is expelled from the show, but not before revealing to the rest of the group whether they are Faithful or a Traitor.
The traitors gather in secret and select one of the faithful to “murder,” effectively eliminating them from the game. When the chosen faithful receive the “death warrant,” they will learn they have been murdered, and the rest of the group will learn the identity of the “murdered” contestant at breakfast the next morning. The total number of traitors in the game at any given time is never revealed to the faithful, but it can fluctuate due to banishment or recruitment.
If a traitor is banished before the end game, the traitors may recruit them as a traitor, and if they agree, they become a traitor for the rest of their time in the game. Additionally, Kalpna Patel-Knight, Head of Entertainment at the BBC, says: “Last year’s ambitious and binge-able hit The Traitors with Claudia Winkleman is coming back with the brilliant team at Studio Lambert set to bring viewers another magnificent series full of drama and suspense. We can certainly expect even more deceit and psychological games for the Traitors and Faithfuls.”
The Traitors is produced by Studio Lambert Scotland for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. The second series has been commissioned by Kalpna Patel-Knight, Head of Entertainment Commissioning for the BBC. The executive producers for Studio Lambert Scotland are Mike Cotton, Sarah Fay, and Toni Ireland, and the production executive is Abi Lambrinos. The commissioning editors for the BBC are Neil McCallum and Syeda Irtizaali. The format is devised and developed by IDTV in cooperation with the RTL Creative Unit.
In the meantime, check out the first series of The Traitors and The Traitors US which are available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
Catch up on the previous episodes while you wait for more The Traitors Season 2 updates.