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'The Traitors': everything you need to know about the new reality series set in a Scottish castle

'The Traitors' will see contestants enter a Scottish castle like this in the Highlands.
'The Traitors' will see contestants enter a Scottish castle like this in the Highlands. (Image credit: Getty)

Hit Dutch reality show The Traitors has been snapped up by BBC1 and Peacock for a reality/challenge series to be shown in both the UK and US. Both series will be produced by recently announced Studio Lambert Scotland and filming starts in 2022.

Kate Phillips, Director of Entertainment, BBC Commissioning, says: “The Traitors is a high stakes entertainment series full of false promises and paranoia. Set against the stunning Scottish landscape, I can’t wait for these very different 'Highland Games' to begin where the biggest rule of all is trust no one!” 

Jenny Groom, Executive Vice President, Entertainment Unscripted Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming adds: “The Traitors is a gripping social experiment and we can’t wait to bring this to the US as a Peacock original series. Studio Lambert has had amazing success with immersive formats and we are excited to partner with them on this. We know that US audiences will absolutely love the twists and turns of the show.” 

So here's everything we know so far about The Traitors plus a shout-out for anyone in Britain keen to sign up and compete in the show...

'The Traitors' release date

As production of The Traitors isn't yet underway there's no release date in sight either in the UK on BBC1 or US on Peacock. We will update as soon as we hear.

'The Traitors'— how it works

The Traitors sees contestants move into a majestic castle in the Scottish Highlands and work as a team to complete a series of dramatic and challenging missions to earn money for the prize pot. But three of the contestants are secretly traitors, who will attempt to deceive and manipulate their way to the prize by eliminating "loyal" contestants. Can all the traitors be unmasked in time? 

“We are hugely excited to be making two versions of a show with spectacular challenges and mind games involving suspicion and trust,” says Studio Lambert CEO, Stephen Lambert. “The Scottish Highlands offers some of the most stunning scenery in the world and we’re delighted both NBCU and the BBC agreed this was where we should bring our American and British contestants to play the game.”

What will 'The Traitors' location be?

The producers of The Traitors have yet to announce where in the Scottish Highlands filming will take place, or the Scottish castle featured. The area however is full of amazing mountains and lakes in this truly beautiful part of Britain so will form a stunning backdrop to the series.

The Scottish Highlands scenery is spectacular.

The Scottish Highlands scenery is spectacular. (Image credit: Getty)

Is there a host of 'The Traitors'?

There's bound to be a famous face hosting or narrating The Traitors but no one has yet been announced, either for the UK or US. We'll update as soon as we learn who they are.

Do you want to take part in 'The Traitors'?

The Traitors is now casting for UK competitors. See the advert below looking for 'fun, smart and strategic contestants'. For details sign up by April 8 2022 by emailing or go to

Here's how to take part in 'The Traitors'.

Here's how to take part in 'The Traitors'. (Image credit: Studio Lambert)
Nicholas Cannon
Nicholas Cannon

I'm a huge fan of television so I really have found the perfect job, as I've been writing about TV shows, films and interviewing major television, film and sports stars for over 25 years. I'm currently TV Content Director on What's On TV, TV Times, TV and Satellite Week magazines plus I previously worked on Woman and Woman's Own in the 1990s. Outside of work I swim every morning, support Charlton Athletic football club and get nostalgic about TV shows Cagney & Lacey, I Claudius, Dallas and Tenko. I'm totally on top of everything good coming up too.