The Traitors

Our Friend in Wales: Edward Russell

Edward Russell looks into the camera, smiling slightly with sunlight shining on his face

It doesn’t matter where we are in our career, we never stop networking. I was with a colleague at the RTS Programme Awards in March. As we watched Charlotte Moore presenting the ­Outstanding Achievement Award to Stephen Lambert, we mused how, irrespective of Studio Lambert’s run of successes with shows such as The Traitors, Squid Game: The Challenge and Boarders, even someone at that level is still probably having conversations about the next commission or series they’re working on.

The Traitors to be turned into film for Comic Relief with all-star lineup

A movie poster for a spoof film adaptation of The Traitors

The Traitors: The Movie will star Suranne Jones (Vigil) as presenter Claudia Winkleman, Sally Phillips (Bridget Jones’s Baby) as contestant Diane and Jonathan Bailey (Bridgerton) as Harry. Expect to see all the iconic moments from the series, from Ross’s winking, Harry’s scheming and Diane’s murder.

Georgia Hobbs on her Emmy award-winning hair and makeup for Bridgerton

First up with advice at the late-January session was trainee Miriam Sumeray, who said: “As a trainee, the thing that’s going to set you apart is your soft skills more than your practical skills.” She added that being “personable and organised” were key.

Sumeray recommended using the ScreenSkills Trainee Finder scheme, which had helped her land her first jobs in the industry.

Corporals, clairvoyants and recruitment managers: meet the 22 contestants of The Traitors series two

Claudia Winkleman stands in front of the cast of The Traitors series two, who stand in front of a gloomy Scottish castle

Could they not just go backpacking around South East Asia instead of backstabbing around the Scottish Highlands? Perhaps, but their loss of marbles is our gloriously watchable gain. I guess there is the £120,000 up for grabs.

As we saw in the first series, no matter a contestant's intuition or intellect, the game will always follow a course as wildly unpredictable as humans are irrational.

But we've still scoured their profiles to discern who might make good Faithful or Traitor material. So read on for some mission statements that will no doubt prove ludicrously bold.

Everything you need to know about The Traitors before series two

Albeit in the form of a fresh hell for its participants.

There was something slightly sadistic about how gripped millions of us were last year, watching 22 people descend into the very depths of paranoid despair as they systematically picked off one another. But you just couldn't deny how fascinating it was to see, writ-large, the processes (in-group and out-group, herd mentality) we'd only really read about in our A-Level psychology textbooks.

Ed Gamble to "uncloak" The Traitors in new post-episode reaction show

As well as analysing the action, the podcast will have exclusive interviews with the banished and murdered players, including bonus footage that shows the exact moment when they learn who the Traitors are.

The Traitors: Uncloaked will air on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer immediately after each episode of The Traitors, which launches in early 2024. An extended version with additional guests, further theories and analysis will be available on BBC Sounds.

BBC to "remain faithful" to The Traitors for third series

Claudia Winkleman is flanked by two hooded figures against a night-time backdrop of a Scottish castle

The announcement comes in advance of the highly-anticipated second series, which is due to return to BBC One later in 2023.

Hosted by an inscrutable Claudia Winkleman, The Traitors has won many fans for its gripping game of deception, based on the party game Mafia.

21 million audiences tuned in to watch the likes of Wilf Webster and Amanda Lovett bluff and backstab their way through the voting rounds.

"The BBC," says Head of Entertainment Kalpna Patel-Knight, "will always remain faithful to The Traitors.