Claudia Winkleman admits she had to be convinced by BBC bosses to take part in a second series of The Traitors

Claudia Winkleman has admitted that she had to be convinced by BBC bosses to take part in a second series of The Traitors.

The presenter, 51, has told in a new interview how she told the channel ‘let’s just leave it’ as she was worried another series might not meet people’s expectations.

The Traitors is a nail-biting psychological reality competition where 22 strangers play the ultimate game of detection, backstabbing and trust, in the hope of winning up to £120,000. 

Speaking to Heat magazine she said: ‘We’re going again but I’m feeling nervous and weird about it. 

‘I originally said ‘let’s just leave it as this magical thing that happened. Then the head of BBC took my temperature. I just don’t want people’s expectations to be so high.’

Claudia Winkleman has admitted that she had to be convinced by BBC bosses to take part in a second series of The Traitors  

The presenter, 51, has told in a new interview how she told the channel 'let's just leave it' as she was worried another series might not meet people's expectations

The presenter, 51, has told in a new interview how she told the channel ‘let’s just leave it’ as she was worried another series might not meet people’s expectations 

During the chat she also gave her opinion on why the show was such a success when it debuted.

She explained: ‘For the first series, 20,000 applied, and for the second series, it was around 130,000. 

‘What I love about our cast is that they’re not interested in being famous, they want to play the game and win the money.’ 

This series Claudia will be joined by comedian Ed Gamble who is presenting a special spin-off podcast for the hit show.

After months of anticipation, fans of the hit BBC show will be able to tune in for the second series on Wednesday, January 3.

Those looking to binge the first few shows are in for a treat as episode two and three will be available to watch on iPlayer immediately after.

Going forward the show will air on BBC One on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The contestants for season two have yet to be announced.

The first season of The Traitors, which was set in a Scottish castle, launched at the end of November 2022.

The Traitors is a nail-biting psychological reality competition where 22 strangers play the ultimate game of detection, backstabbing and trust, in the hope of winning up to £120,000

The Traitors is a nail-biting psychological reality competition where 22 strangers play the ultimate game of detection, backstabbing and trust, in the hope of winning up to £120,000 

The first series attracted an average audience of 5.4 million and was so popular that a second series was commissioned in February.

In the show, the majority of contestants are ‘Faithfuls’ and must work out who amongst them are ‘Traitors’ – who have the opportunity to ‘murder’ a fellow contestant each night.

The group has daily ‘banishments’ in which they must vote to kick out who they think is a Traitor, all while working together on challenges to raise money for the prize fund.

Show bosses are convinced that the next instalment will be another success and have already approved and opened up casting applications for a third season.

Earlier this month it was revealed season two of The Traitors will have a new spin-off, but Claudia won’t be at the helm as comedian Ed takes on the role.

The Traitors: Uncloaked is a brand new visualised podcast, that will take fans of the smash-hit entertainment show deeper into the castle.

This series Claudia will be joined by comedian Ed Gamble who is presenting a special spin-off podcast for the hit show

This series Claudia will be joined by comedian Ed Gamble who is presenting a special spin-off podcast for the hit show 

The first series attracted an average audience of 5.4 million and was so popular that a second series was commissioned in February

The first series attracted an average audience of 5.4 million and was so popular that a second series was commissioned in February 

It will feature a string of cast members as well as celebrity guests, who will be on hand to discuss all the betrayals, mind games and manipulations.

Ed said of his new role: ‘The first series of The Traitors was my absolute obsession, and I cannot wait to delve deep into series two and dissect all the twists and turns it has to offer. It goes without saying that I am 100 percent faithful.’

The episodes will air on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer, and an extended version with additional guests, further theories and essential analysis available on BBC Sounds

The Traitors returns on Wednesday, 3 January at 9pm on BBC One and iPlayer

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