Will There Be A Third Series Of The Traitors? (& How To Apply)
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Will There Be A Third Series Of The Traitors? (& How To Apply)

Are you Faithful, or a Traitor?

The BBC’s favourite game of detection, backstabbing and trust has got us through January – and, after the tense finale, we’re already itching for it to return. Here’s everything you need to know about The Traitors series 3, including how to apply to be a Traitor (or a Faithful, of course) in the next series.

The Traitors: Everything You Need To Know

Claudia Winkleman in front of Ardross Castle, where The Traitors was filmed

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Will There Be A Third Series Of The Traitors?

Yes, the BBC has confirmed that a third series of The Traitors will happen at some point in the future. This was actually confirmed way back before series two even kicked off – back in November 2023 – with the channel’s Head of Entertainment, Kalpna Patel-Knight, quipping: ‘The BBC will always remain faithful to The Traitors.’

When Will Series 3 Of The Traitors Air?

No confirmed date just yet, but we anticipate series 3 of The Traitors will air in January 2025 to mirror 2024’s schedule. If the schedule is exactly the same, The Traitors series 3 will kick off on Wednesday 1 January 2025 – but New Year’s Day celebrations might push it back to 8 January.

In case you didn’t notice, The Traitors was delayed on the BBC One schedule this year, being pushed back from December (when series 1 aired in 2022) to January. This is because the BBC wanted all eyes on its latest reality competition series, Survivor, which aired in December in The Traitors‘ place. With a second series of Survivor confirmed, we expect the same schedule next time around. Meanwhile, The Apprentice has also been impacted by this shuffle around, kicking off in February instead of its usual January to make space for The Traitors.

How To Apply

Fancy yourself a Faithful – or a Traitor? Applications are now open for series three of the hit competition series. Click here to apply – you have until 11 February 2024.

Where Is The Traitors Streaming?

You can find all episodes of The Traitors on BBC iPlayer, from series 1 to series 2.

All caught up? The Traitors US and The Traitors Australia are also available to stream on BBC iPlayer, with a New Zealand version coming soon, too.

What Is The Traitors About?

The Traitors is a reality game show broadcast on the BBC which sees 22 strangers come together at a beautiful Scottish castle to try and win a prize of £120,000.

How It Works

The series is similar to the party game Mafia, in that amongst the contestants (the ‘Faithfuls’) there are a handful of ‘Traitors’ – recruited by Claudia Winkleman on the first day – who are conspiring to steal the prize pot for themselves. The Faithfuls must try and find out who the Traitors are by voting someone out (‘Banish’ them) at the Round Table, while any remaining Traitors convene in the evenings to send home (‘Murder’) another contestant – who is revealed at the start of the next episode.

Throughout it all, the group of contestants are tasked with missions to win money for the prize fund, with some challenges allowing for some players to visit the Armoury and be secretly awarded a shield that grants them immunity from being Murdered (but not Banished). Attempts to Murder a shielded contestant will result in no Murders taking place that night.

At the Round Table, the player with the most votes is Banished, and they must reveal their affiliation. If Traitors are eliminated at any point in the show by Banishment, they can then recruit another from one of the Faithfuls.

Should the Faithful contestants eliminate all the Traitors, they will share the prize fund, but if any Traitors make it to the end, they win the money instead.

Claudia Winkleman stood outside in Scottish Higlands

The Traitors Series 1 Episode 12, BBC/Studio Lambert Associates/Llara Plaza

Who Hosts The Show?

Claudia Winkleman is the show’s host for series 2.

Who Were The Series 2 Contestants?

At the beginning of the show, there were 22 players in The Traitors series 2 (many have since been banished, but we won’t put any spoilers here). Learn all about them below.

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Andrew in The Traitors II

Andrew

Age: 45

Job title: Insurance Broker

Location: Talbot Green

Why did you apply to be on The Traitors?

I loved last year’s show, I was really immersed in it and just loved the format. I like the game play and thought I could be good at it. Over the last couple of years, I’ve been going through a personal growth journey where I’ve been trying to learn a lot about myself – I’ve grown a lot. I want to step out of my comfort zone. I’ve been a Steady Eddy all my life I suppose, never taking any risks or challenges.

You only have one life, and I know that more than anyone because I suffered a serious accident many years ago. Your life is short, and it can get taken away at any moment. I live my life as best I can and take as many opportunities as possible that come my way. I never thought I’d get on the show in a million years. I’d like to inspire thousands of people out there who’ve maybe had a traumatic experience or suffered with their mental health. I want to inspire people and give them hope. To tell them that if you keep fighting and believing you will get to your dreams.

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Anthony in The Traitors II

Anthony

Age: 45

Job title: Chess Coach

Location: Birmingham

Why did you apply to be on The Traitors?

When I saw the show, I thought to myself – this has me written all over it! It’s like a real life, live game of chess. That’s what it is. Instantly, I was intrigued by that, and I just felt it was for me. I’ve never applied for a game show or anything before but this format, is 100 percent me.

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Ash in The Traitors II

Ash

Age: 45

Job title: Events Coordinator

Location: London

Why did you apply to be on The Traitors?

I was looking for an adventure. I’ve spent my life moving around, moving cities, moving countries, doing different things but lately I’ve been in the same place kind of doing the same thing. I’m happy where I am, I’m happy with the way my life is but I do need a little bit of an adventure.

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Aubrey in The Traitors II

Aubrey

Age: 67

Job title: Retired Shop Owner

Location: Loughborough, Leicestershire

Why did you apply to be on The Traitors?

When I watched it last year, I thought to myself: I could do that. That was it. Then I think Claudia had announced that applications were open and before I knew it, I was on the link. I’d never ever dreamt in a million years that I’d be where I am now. So that was it really, no other reason. Oh and, to speak the truth, the location is beautiful, that castle is fantastic, and why not at 66?

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Brian in The Traitors II

Brian

Age: 33

Job title: Photographer

Location: Glasgow

Why did you apply to be on The Traitors?

I watched the first series and, obviously, really enjoyed it. I like that it’s different and it’s a sort of mystery, whodunnit, type thing. I am also familiar with the format because every Christmas I play a game called Werewolves with my family which is quite similar. I also want to test myself. Whenever I’m watching TV, I always think, ‘I could do that’, even for shows like SAS: Who Dares Wins, although in retrospect I’d probably last two minutes and then start crying. I felt the same way when watching The Traitors and now I get the opportunity to see if I will be any good!

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Charlie in The Traitors II

Charlie

Age: 34

Job title: Mental Health Area Manager

Location: Bristol

Why did you apply to be on The Traitors?

I loved series one, I love the game and it’s just a little bit of me, it literally is my personality. I like to analyse everything. Everywhere I go I’m constantly thinking, looking at people’s body language, trying to work people out. To the point that sometimes I have to switch off my brain! Obviously, the prize is great! I love the adrenaline too even though I’ll get nervous as you know anyone would. I loved the missions too, they were so cool. I loved the hay bale one… I hope they use the hay bales again!

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Charlotte in The Traitors II

Charlotte

Age: 32

Job title: Recruitment Manager

Location: Warwickshire

Why did you apply to be on The Traitors?

Because it looks quite challenging. You don’t see many shows like this, so when I saw it on TV I thought it was really refreshing to watch something different. So, I applied for the challenge, I wasn’t even thinking about the money. Personally, I’d prefer to be a Traitor but if not, I definitely want to try and catch one. I applied on Christmas Day last year while I was with my family and they were encouraging me, I started it and then left it. I went back to it in the first week of January and now here I am! I wasn’t quite expecting this.

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Diane in The Traitors II

Diane

Age: 63

Job title: Retired Teacher

Location: Lancashire

Why did you apply to be on The Traitors?

Mainly because my children said I could never do something like this! We started watching series one together and l just loved the idea of the challenge. I thought it would be great to have a go and see if I could do it.

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Evie in The Traitors II

Evie

Age: 29

Job title: Veterinary Nurse

Location: Inverness

Why did you apply to be on The Traitors?

I’d watched the previous series before and everyone I know has watched it and loved it as well. It was a real topic of conversation at work, and it’s filmed 30 minutes up the road!

I’m 29, so it’s the last year of my 20s and I think I may be having a bit of an existential crisis about turning 30, just overthinking it a bit too much. When I turned 29, I said to myself, ‘I’m going to do 30 things before I’m 30 that I’ve always wanted to do.’ I ran the Edinburgh Marathon this year, I’ve visited Scottish islands and I do a lot of hiking. Working my way through my list I still had two more things to complete. I’d left two free to see what would happen, see if something came up, if I decided on something half-way through the year that I wanted to do then I’d do it. When I had one remaining, The Traitors series two came around and I said, ‘OK, that’s going to be my last thing. That’s going to be my final 30 before 30.’

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Harry in The Traitors II

Harry

Age: 22

Job title: British Army Engineer

Location: Slough

Why did you apply to be on The Traitors?

I just thought it was a great opportunity. It’s a life changing experience and not many people get to say that they’ve been on TV! It will be such a great experience. Don’t get me wrong though, the money at the end would also be life-changing.

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Jasmine in The Traitors II

Jasmine

Age: 26

Job title: Sales Executive

Location: London

Why did you apply to be on The Traitors?

I just think I’ll be great at it. I work in sales so I’m a professional truth embezzler which is kind of my tagline, and why I wanted to go on to The Traitors. I also think that ultimately, I have the personality to do well. I’m very personable, and people tend to want to befriend me a lot which is how you get people on side. It’s a game of making allies, isn’t it? You don’t want people to vote you out.

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Jaz in The Traitors II

Jaz

Age: 30

Job title: National Account Manager

Location: Manchester

Why did you apply to be on The Traitors?

A bloody great question to hit me with! I think it was my in-laws to be honest, they were halfway through an episode of series one and said to me and the missus, ‘Have you watched this? Sit down with us and watch this right now.’ We watched it, looked at each other and said, ‘This is just amazing.’ I liked everything about it. Obviously, we then watched the whole series and it totally resonated with everything I’ve been through. After watching, I never thought there was going to be A) a second series, B) that I was going to apply, and C) I was going to be selected. It’s like the stars have aligned themselves. I’m a bit cheesy and I think everything happens for a reason but, genuinely, everything just feels right.

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Jonny in The Traitors II

Jonny

Age: 31

Job title: Ex-Military

Location: Bedfordshire

Why did you apply to be on The Traitors?

It’s my cup of tea, I love that sort of thing. I did a lot of research on the show and also looked at the Dutch version too to try and figure it out a little bit. I’m definitely lacking in those sorts of adventures and that sort of mindset from being in the Army, there’s an excitement to it. It’s about getting myself out there, I’ve got two young kids, and it would be nice to make them proud as well.

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Kyra in The Traitors II

Kyra

Age: 21

Job title: Apprentice Economist

Location: Kent

Why did you apply to be on The Traitors?

I applied to go on The Traitors because I watched the first season with my family, we watched it all together. Me and my sisters are really close. We then watched the American version and I went through a stage where I was like ‘I really want to be on a game show’, but then I got scared and didn’t want to do it. Then I just plucked up the courage and decided to do it. The main motivation behind it is that my sister is getting married soon, we come from a lower-class background, and I’d love to win something to help towards her wedding – and hopefully honeymoon. I am also very physically active as well, so this can push me both mentally and physically. Why not try to play and have fun with it at the same time?

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Meg in The Traitors II

Meg

Age: 22

Job title: Illustrator

Location: Herefordshire

Why did you apply to be on The Traitors?

I just love it. I loved watching series one with my mum, we were hooked. We were gutted that they were only showing three episodes a week because we just wanted to binge it. My mum suggested that I’d be good on it, I didn’t think I would be but agreed that I’d think about it. When I saw Claudia Winkleman’s post saying that applications were open, I said ‘Screw it. Why not? I’ll give it a go. I probably won’t get very far.’ I thought I’d just apply and see what happened and now obviously I’ve got to this point and it’s like an actual fever dream.

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Miles in The Traitors II

Miles

Age: 36

Job title: Veterinary Nurse

Location: Birmingham (now lives in Worcestershire)

Why did you apply to be on The Traitors?

Basically, I’ve done everything that I feel like is the cookie cutter thing to do, you know? I went to school, went to college, got my qualification, found my husband, had a family. I just thought I’ve done everything so ‘correct’. When I saw the show, I thought it was quite clever, quite different. It was nicely done. I like that the show has normal, everyday people. There are going to be times when you’re going to have beef with people, because we’ll get so involved in the roles that we’re playing. It’s just that, I’m playing a role. As long as my nearest and dearest know that then that’ll make me feel a bit better – it’s not real life.

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Mollie in The Traitors II

Mollie

Age: 21

Job title: Disability Model

Location: Bristol

Why did you apply to be on The Traitors?

I watched the first series and I just loved how different it was. It’s exciting and there’s missions too. Although there’s teamwork involved, there’s also the sneakiness behind it all. I don’t feel like I’ve ever watched something as unique as this show. It had you gripped the whole time, so I just loved it. I thought it was such a great idea.

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Paul in The Traitors II

Paul

Age: 36

Job title: Business Manager

Location: Manchester

Why did you apply to be on The Traitors?

There are two answers for this. First and foremost, all of my friends and family said, ‘You need to watch this show, you need to go on this show.’ That was before I had seen it and I still don’t know if that’s a compliment or not! When I watched it, it was about people that are really good at lying, what were they saying?! So, there was that but then I watched it and just fell in love with it straight away as it’s properly up my street. I love the activity side of things, especially the mission where they were walking across the drawbridge blindfolded, I really loved that. Then the Round Table with people’s emotions running high, I thought this is definitely something I could get involved in and, you know what, I might be able to succeed in.

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Ross in The Traitors II

Ross

Age: 28

Job title: Video Director

Location: Lancashire

Why did you apply to be on The Traitors?

Just to throw myself into the deep end of something, I’m so used to being behind a camera that it’s actually very nerve-racking for me to be in front of one. This is something new and I’m well up for the challenge. I’m quite good at the old Among Us game and I thought this looked like a lot of fun. I’m also really looking forward to having a break from social media, my phone, work and the rest of it. It’s a good excuse to tell my business partner that I just can’t work for three weeks, it’s a nice excuse to do that.

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Sonja in The Traitors II

Sonja

Age: 66

Job title: Volunteer Business Mentor

Location: Lancashire

Why did you apply to be on The Traitors?

I wanted to do something this year that would challenge me and test all of my abilities. Whether that be physical or mental, and I could use some of the experiences I’ve had in the past. I just want to be challenged, excited and I want some adrenaline. I’ve had a difficult few years so have thought right, let’s go for it and do something a bit crazy and exciting. I wouldn’t do anything except The Traitors. It’s so interesting, complicated, thoughtful and devious. It’s right up my street! It’s the first thing I’ve ever applied for, and here I am.

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Tracey in The Traitors II

Tracey

Age: 58

Job title: Sonographer and Clairvoyant

Location: Inverness

Why did you apply to be on The Traitors?

I just loved it. I thought it was the best game show I’ve seen in such a long time. I’ve never wanted to apply for a game show ever. Every day after I watched the series, I kept checking when I could apply for series two. I just knew I wanted to be on it and it just hit something with me, I thought ‘I want to be on this’. It was mainly the psychology of it and meeting people that you don’t normally meet in your normal life.

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Zack in The Traitors II

Zack

Age: 27

Job title: Parliamentary Affairs Advisor

Location: London

Why did you apply to be on The Traitors?

I think I am very good at reading people, mostly because of my career and I want to see if that is the case. I think it also helps that I come from a small, very tightly-knit, Jewish community where socially everyone just knows each other’s business. I suppose I applied for The Traitors to see if I’m as smart as I think I am! The money would be a huge bonus for my girlfriend and I who are trying to find a flat, and obviously in the cost of living crisis, it’s not great. Fundamentally it’s a bit of a selfish sort of reason, I think that I could win it if I’m a Faithful, I’ve already said that I do not want to be a Traitor at all because I’m never going to win. But I reckon I could win as a Faithful, essentially I’m just trying to see if I’m as delirious or as sane as I think I am!

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Where Is The Traitors Filmed?

The first series of The Traitors was filmed at Ardross Castle in the Scottish highlands back in May 2022 – and the show is set to return to the same location for series 2. You can find out more about where the BBC show was filmed with our guide here.

Images courtesy of the BBC