“The Traitors” will be returning to BBC One and BBC iPlayer for its third series, and applications are now open for those interested in participating in the game. This announcement precedes the highly anticipated second series, which will be coming soon.

Hosted by Claudia Winkleman, “The Traitors” is an intense psychological reality competition where 22 strangers engage in the ultimate game of detection, betrayal, and trust, all in the hopes of winning up to £120,000.

In the last series, “The Traitors” garnered an audience of 21 million, making it the biggest new entertainment launch for the BBC since 2021. It also stood as the most prominent new series for young audiences across all BBC titles in 2022, and the highest-rated new entertainment series on the BBC for young audiences since at least 2017.

This year, “The Traitors” received several awards, including the BAFTA TV Award for Best Reality & Constructed Factual, the NTA for Reality Competition, the RTS award for Entertainment, and the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Entertainment Programme. Claudia Winkleman also received accolades, including the BAFTA TV Award for Best Entertainment Performance, the RTS award for Entertainment Performance, and the Edinburgh TV Festival Variety Outstanding Achievement Award.

Kalpna Patel-Knight, Head of Entertainment at the BBC, says: “The massive unscripted hit The Traitors will be back for a third series. Expect to see more psychological gameplay, exciting challenges and of course Claudia at the helm. It will be a thrilling ride for both avid fans and newcomers to the series for sure. The BBC will always remain faithful to The Traitors.”

Stephen Lambert, CEO of Studio Lambert, says: “We’re delighted a third series of The Traitors has been confirmed today ahead of the second series’ arrival on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. The Traitors has been so warmly received by viewers, critics and award juries alike. Claudia and the team look forward to keeping audiences on the edge of their seats again with ever more thrilling missions and exceptional players competing in this gripping game of bluff and skill.”

Produced by Studio Lambert Scotland for BBC One and BBC iPlayer, “The Traitors” (consisting of 12 episodes, each 60 minutes long) has been commissioned for a third series by Kalpna Patel-Knight, Head of Entertainment Commissioning for the BBC. The executive producers for Studio Lambert Scotland are Mike Cotton, Sarah Fay, Lewis Thurlow, and Rosie Franks, with Gemma Scholes as the line producer. Neil McCallum and Syeda Irtizaali serve as the commissioning editors for the BBC.

Originally created in the Netherlands by IDTV, an All3Media company, the format for “The Traitors” was further developed with the RTL Creative Unit and initially produced by IDTV for RTL4. All3Media International serves as the global partner for “The Traitors” and oversees format and tape sales worldwide. Studio Lambert is part of the All3Media group.

If you’re interested in participating in the third series, please apply via BBC Take Part at https://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/take-part/the-traitors.

Details regarding the scheduling of the second series of “The Traitors” will be announced in due course.