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
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.
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.
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