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‘The Traitors’ is back for a second season – and it wants you

Here’s how to apply for the second instalment of the BBC’s betrayal-fest

Phil de Semlyen
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Phil de Semlyen

Machiavellian scheming, sinister cloak wearing, free money, round tables, really stressful breakfasts…

If you enjoy any of those things, ‘The Traitors’ host Claudia Winkleman and the BBC want to hear from you. The smash-hit gameshow, which is based on a Dutch series called ‘De Verraders’, has just announced a second season. And it’s on the hunt for a new batch of contestants to vie (and lie) for a potential £120,000 in prize money. 

Wearing one of the show’s trademark cloaks, Winkleman revealed the news via video message.

‘Can you spot a liar?’ she asks. ‘Could you betray those around you? How would you fare at the Round Table? Series two is happening, if you’d like to take part, please visit the BBC Take Part page... and I’ll see you at the castle.’

Where will the second series of The Traitors be filmed?

‘The Traitors’ is filmed in the nineteenth-century Ardross Castle, 25 miles north of Inverness in Scotland.

The castle is in the Scottish Baronial style and set within beautiful formal gardens. It’s surrounded by more than 100 acres of parkland on the banks of the River Alness.

How do you sign up for The Traitors?

Like the exact midway point between ‘Big Brother’ and ‘The Name of the Rose’, ‘The Traitors’ seeds 22 hitherto unconnected people in a grand old castle with secret traitors among them. 

It’s been a resounding hit for the BBC, with 34 million views on iPlayer since its launch in November, glued to its double-dealing, backstabbing and sinister shenanigans.

‘I can’t wait to go back to the castle to watch people play the greatest game on television,’ says Winkleman. ‘I’m knitting a high funnel sweater immediately.’

What do you need to include for your application? 

If those sound like your strengths, or just you fancy a month and a half in a Scottish castle, head to the BBC Take Part website for info on how to apply – or go straight to the application form.

You’ll need to be a legal resident of the UK, 18 at the time of applying and available for six weeks in the summer or autumn of this year.

The closing date for applications is July 31, 2023. Get working on your betrayal face! 

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