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BBC reality TV show The Traitors returns to Highland castle with award-winning actor Alan Cumming fronting new American version

By Hector MacKenzie

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The Traitors US has landed as an iPlayer boxet and will follow on BBC channels. Picture: BBC
The Traitors US has landed as an iPlayer boxet and will follow on BBC channels. Picture: BBC

AN American version of a hit TV reality show set at an Easter Ross castle has created a fresh ripple of excitement amongst a fast-growing worldwide fan base.

The UK version of the show – fronted by Caludia Winkleman and set at Ardross Castle – proved to be a massive hit for the BBC and has been streamed over 28 million times on BBC iPlayer.

The BBC confirmed it has acquired the rights to The Traitors US from All3 Media International produced by Studio Lambert for NBC Universal.

The series landed as a boxset on BBC iPlayer yesterday and will then be shown on both BBC Three and BBC One.

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."

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The blurb states: "Twenty of America’s most cunning contestants, a mix of famous faces and everyday Americans, 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 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 Faithful 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."

The Dutch-conceived series became the talk of the nation over the festive period after hooking millions.

Winkleman, until now best known as a co-host of BBC dance competition hit Strictly, earlier spoke of her newfound love affair with the Scottish Highlands after the series shoot had concluded.

It has been widely credited with providing a free shot-in-the-arm to the Highland tourist trade with many shots featuring glorious scenery and a strong Scottish theme throughout.

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