US version of The Traitors heading to BBC

Alan Cumming on The Traitors
Alan Cumming on The Traitors (Image credit: Euan Cherry/Peacock)

The BBC apparently can't get enough The Traitors, just like many UK viewers who watched the reality hit back in November/December 2022 on BBC One. 

A US version of The Traitors starring Alan Cumming is set to premiere exclusively on the Peacock streaming service Thursday, January 12, and the BBC has officially announced that it has snagged the rights and is making it available to its viewers as soon as Friday, January 13.

According to a press release, just as all episodes of The Traitors US are going to be available on Peacock immediately, the BBC is going to make the boxset of episodes (10 in total) available on BBC iPlayer as of January 13. Episodes are going to be shown on BBC Three and BBC One.

BBC One is going to air the reality show on Wednesdays at 10:40 pm UK time, with two episodes airing a week for five weeks starting January 25. On BBC Three, the show will airs its episodes over three weeks, debuting on January 24, 25 and 26; January 30, 31, February 1 and February 2; and February 6, 7 and 8 (a specific time was not confirmed)

The Traitors sees a group of people gather in a castle in the Scottish highlands as they try to work together to complete a series of tasks and earn a massive cash prize. But some of the contestants are "traitors," whose goal is to eliminate "loyal" contestants. The UK version was hosted by Claudia Winkleman, while Alan Cumming is serving as the host for the US version.

One major difference between US and the UK versions is that while the UK featured all everyday people, the US is going to be a mix of normal individuals as well as former reality stars. This includes Arie Luyendyk Jr. (The Bachelor/The Bachelorette), Brandi Glanville (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Cirie Fields (Survivor), Cody Calafiore (Big Brother), Kate Chastain (Below Deck), Reza Farahan (Shahs of Sunset) and Olympic Gold Medalist Ryan Lochte, who has also appeared on multiple reality shows.

If you want to catch up with the UK version, all episodes of The Traitors UK are available to stream on BBC iPlayer. To speak to its popularity, it had 12.4 million streams over Christmas and the New Year.

Watch the trailer for the US version of The Traitors directly below.

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd (opens in new tab).