One of this year’s most exciting new shows – The Traitors – is coming back for another round this week, this time with American contestants – and it already has a UK home.
Following the major success of the first UK series (The Traitors was streamed 28 million times on BBC iPlayer), an American version is premiering this week – created by the same people, and filmed in the same location, a castle in the Scottish Highlands.
The UK version aired on the BBC – the three first episodes were all available at once on BBC iPlayer, with subsequent episodes then airing weekly on BBC One and iPlayer.
The US version, which is hosted by Alan Cumming (the UK version was hosted by Claudia Winkleman), will stream on Peacock in the US – a streaming service owned by NBCUniversal, which is in turn owned by Comcast – the owners of Sky.
Therefore, and with Peacock being a category on Sky in the UK, many thought the US version of The Traitors would end up on Peacock / Sky in the UK.
However, with Peacock not being a full streaming service/app in the UK (and is instead mostly a category of shows on Sky and its streaming service NOW), the content library is quite different than the one Peacock offers in the US (and the American version can only be watched in the UK using a VPN).
The Traitors (US) was therefore left without an immediate home – and today, it was announced that the BBC had acquired the rights to the American version of the show.
The Traitors is a reality/competition show that’s based on a Dutch show with a similar concept. In the UK version, 22 strangers lived together in a castle, with some of them being “Traitors” – contestants who get to murder one of the other contestants every night.
In the UK version, the contestants were all “unknowns” (relatively speaking), but in the American version, some of the contestants will be familiar faces from past reality TV shows.
Twenty of America’s “most cunning contestants”, a mix of famous faces and everyday Americans, will play the ultimate murder mystery game of deception and suspicion.
Hosted by award-winning actor Alan Cumming at an ancient castle in Scotland, they will work together on exhilarating missions to build a prize fund worth up to $250,000.
But, just like on the UK version, hidden amongst the Faithful contestants are the Traitors, whose goal is to eliminate the Faithful and claim the prize for themselves, all the while remaining undetected.
Under the cover of darkness, the Traitors will murder the Faithfuls one by one, and alongside this treacherous spree, the players must try to uncover the Traitors and banish them from the game.
If the Faithful contestants banish all the Traitors, they will share the prize fund, but if a Traitor makes it to the end, they will steal all the money.
How Can I Watch The Traitors US In The UK?
The American version of The Traitors will debut in the US today (January 12) – but UK viewers won’t have to wait long.
The series will land as a boxset on BBC iPlayer on Friday, January 13, and then be shown on both BBC Three and BBC One.
This means that viewers with a BBC iPlayer account and a compatible device, will be able to binge-watch the entire series (there are 10 episodes in total) from Friday.
Dan McGolpin, Director, iPlayer and Channels, said:
“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.”
BBC iPlayer, the BBC’s streaming app, is available on almost every streaming device and Smart TV sold in the UK, and is free to watch – though most people have to pay the TV Licence fee if they watch anything on iPlayer.