Based on the Dutch series De Verraders, The Traitors is a game-show reality TV series with a murder-mystery theme. A group of strangers is brought together in a castle and have to cooperate in missions to increase the size of the prize pot. But there’s a twist: Some contestants are “Traitors,” and their goal is to pick off innocent “Faithful” participants to increase their chances of winning.
Every episode, the remaining contestants will gather and vote out suspected “Traitors.” As the number of participants shrinks and suspicions rise, who will emerge as the winner?
The immensely popular UK version of The Traitors is hosted by TV presenter and radio personality Claudia Winkleman, and features 22 players competing for the £120,000 grand prize in a Scottish castle. Across the pond, the upcoming The Traitors US series will be hosted by actor Alan Cumming, with 20 participants vying for the coveted $250,000 cash prize.
The Traitors UK aired Tuesdays to Thursdays each week starting Tuesday, November 29, 2022. The season finale took place Thursday, December 22, 2022 at 9 p.m. GMT.
Meanwhile, the entire first season of The Traitors US is set to release on Thursday, January 12, 2023.
There are different ways to watch The Traitors, depending on the version you’re looking for. BBC carries both The Traitors UK and The Traitors US and they're available to stream for free on BBC iPlayer. In the U.S., you can stream The Traitors US on Peacock.
BBC One is your best bet for watching both the US and UK versions of The Traitors. You can watch every episode of The Traitors UK via its streaming platform BBC iPlayer, which is totally FREE to watch in the UK and just requires signing up with your email address.
As for The Traitors US, there are several ways to watch the series through BBC. Binge-watchers can stream the entire boxset, now available on BBC iPlayer. Prefer to watch it episodically? BBC One will have double-bills every Wednesday night at 10.40 p.m. BST starting January 25, 2023, while BBC Three will screen the series for three weeks on the following dates:
January 24 - 26, 30, 31
February 1, 2, 6 - 8
If you're in the U.S., The Traitors US will be available exclusively on streaming service Peacock in the U.S. It’s perfect for binge-watchers, as you won’t have to wait to stream each week—the whole season landed on Peacock on January 12, 2023. There’s even a seven-day free trial for new users!
So far, the UK and U.S. versions of the show have differed not just in the number of contestants (22 for UK, 20 in the U.S.), but also the type of contestants.
The UK contestants come from a mix of backgrounds and only a handful are actors in real life—such as Maddy Smedley, who had appeared on EastEnders and Casualty. Here is the full cast list for The Traitors UK:
Aaron, property agent
Aisha, masters graduate
Alex, presenter and actor
Alyssa, business student
Amanda, estate agent
Fay, head of school welfare
John, spa therapist
Kieran, solutions consultant
Maddy, receptionist and actor
Matt, BMX athlete
Meryl, call centre worker
Nicky, accounts supervisor
Rayan, trainee lawyer
Theo, cheerleading coach
Wilfred, senior fundraiser
In contrast, the Traitors US cast includes celebrities and reality TV stars to amp up the drama. Here’s a look at the Traitors US contestants:
Amanda Clark, ER nurse
Andie Thurmond, director of music services
Anjelica Conti, hairstylist
Arie Luyendyk Jr., luxury real estate agent, appeared on The Bachelor
Azra Valani, yoga instructor
Brandi Glanville, reality TV star, appeared on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Christian De La Torre, actor and public speaker
Cirie Fields, nurse, appeared on Survivor
Cody Calafiore, actor, appeared on Big Brother
Geraldine Moreno, actor
Kate Chastain, author and podcaster, appeared on Below Deck
Kyle Cook, entrepreneur, appeared on Summer House
Michael Davidson, DMC office manager
Quentin R. Jiles, political analyst
Rachel Reilly, TV host and actor, appeared on Big Brother
Reza Farahan, real estate broker, appeared on Shahs of Sunset
Robert “Bam” Nieves, tech sales executive
Ryan Lochte, Olympic swimmer
Shelbe Rodriguez, public affairs manager
Stephenie LaGrossa, reality TV personality, appeared on Survivor
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Both the UK and US versions of The Traitors are filmed in Ardross Castle in the Scottish Highlands.
In both the U.S. and UK versions, there are 3 “Traitors” in total.
The Traitors UK has just wrapped up its first season, though it’s reported that Season 2 is in the works! Meanwhile, January 2023 will mark the first season of The Traitors US .
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