Claudia Winkleman to host new BBC One show The Traitors

The Traitors is an intense psychological game in which players must decide who they can trust.


The Traitors is a new unscripted competition series built on strategy and suspicion which has started filming in a castle in the Scottish Highlands.


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’.


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 the 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. Whoever 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.


Speaking about hosting The Traitors, Claudia Winkleman said "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."


Made by Studio Lambert Scotland, The Traitors will be executive produced by Mike Cotton, Sarah Fay and Toni Ireland. Mike Cotton said "The series is a nail-biting psychological adventure game and Claudia is a huge fan of the format and is the perfect puppet master to oversee this dramatic game set in the heart of the Scottish Highlands."


The Traitors will air on BBC One