The Traitors series two confirmed with Claudia Winkleman hosting BBC show
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    Claudia Winkleman is reportedly set for another big pay packet after signing up to present The Traitors again after BBC bosses were more than impressed by the success of the first series.

    The BBC One show presented by the 51-year-old, in which the 22 players were split into loyal faithfuls or dastardly traitors, will once again be set at the 19th century Ardross Castle, 25 miles north of Inverness, Scotland.

    The second run is due to start filming in late summer, with a show source telling the Mirror: "These days almost every new series is a reboot of something that's gone before.

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    "So it's really nice to try something fresh – and for it to do well," adding: "The Traitors got everyone talking, so bringing it back was a no-brainer. Claudia was perfect."

    The series kicked off with 3.9million viewers in November and its mix of drama and suspense meant the audience grew over the series, and by the last episode, just before Christmas, it pulled in 4.6million fans.

    This included 35% of the sought-after 16-34 audience, with the 10-part UK series filmed back-to-back with the US version, hosted by showbiz legend Alan Cumming.

    Producers Studio Lambert plan to do the same thing this summer, and Claudia said she was left "sobbing on the floor" by the first series' finale, when three faithfuls – Aaron Evans, Meryl Williams and Hannah Byczkowski – shared the £101,000 prize fund after winning the show.

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    At its launch, Claudia laughed: "I was in deep. I cry at the end. I haven't cried in, like, 20 series of Strictly – with this I was on the floor sobbing. Inconsolable.

    "It's a game of smarts, not a game of luck. It's a game of wit. It's an awful lot of money. I was myself and at the end I'm sobbing on the floor. There are so many twists."

    It comes a few weeks after the BBC acquired the rights to the US version of the hit show.

    Dan McGolpin, Director of BBC iPlayer says: “Following the huge success of The Traitors, which has been streamed more than 28 million times on BBC iPlayer and was the talk of the nation over the festive period.

    “We’re delighted to give BBC viewers the chance to watch the brand new US series within hours of its release in America.

    “Hosted by the brilliant Alan Cumming and filmed at the same location as the UK series, it’s a new year treat for those seeking out more treachery – all is about to be revealed on BBC iPlayer, BBC Three and BBC One.”


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