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BBC hit show Traitors 'set for celebrity spin-off with star-studded line-up'

A celebrity version of Traitors could be on the way following the success of the murder-mystery reality TV show, according to reports.

Traitors debuted on the BBC in November 2022 hosted by TV presenter Claudia Winkleman, 52, and became a word-of-mouth phenomenon.

It follows 22 strangers as they arrive at a beautiful castle in the Scottish Highlands to play the ultimate game of detection, backstabbing and trust, in the hope of winning up to £120,000.

Winkleman returned to host a second series of Traitors earlier this month and it has proven to be even more successful than the first series, with around four million people tuning in to watch each episode.

It is now claimed that the broadcaster is keen to develop a celebrity spin-off as they believe it's "the right time" and are eyeing up some big names.

Claudia Winkleman with the contestants in series two of The Traitors (Mark Mainz/Studio Lambert/BBC)
Claudia Winkleman with the contestants in series two of The Traitors (Mark Mainz/Studio Lambert/BBC)

A TV insider told The Sun: "Bosses want big names as the show is getting big viewing figures, and they know they’ll have plenty to choose from as The Traitors has huge fans within the showbiz world.

"But they also want stars who are likely to be great game-players and who have great survival skills, the ability to double-cross or a way of sniffing out a back-stabber."

The source added that the BBC wanted to "establish" the civilian edition of The Traitors before thinking about a celebrity spin-off.

The Standard has contacted a representative for the BBC for comment.

Winkleman was asked about her thoughts on a celebrity version at the press launch for the second series.

While she admitted that she would be "terrible" playing the game herself, she namechecked Victoria Coren Mitchell, Stephen Fry, Adam Woodyatt, and self-confessed Traitors fan Andrew Garfield, as her dream participants should the broadcaster give a celebrity version the green light.