Liz Truss Eyed for BBC's 'The Traitors'

BBC's reality hit plans a star-studded 2025 lineup.

by Nouman Rasool
Liz Truss Eyed for BBC's 'The Traitors'
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Anticipation is at a fever pitch within the British television community as Studio Lambert, the producers of the hit BBC reality series "The Traitors," are set to launch an all-star edition airing in 2025. News of the celebrity edition was announced by executive producer Stephen Lambert on the red carpet for the BAFTA TV Awards, setting the corridors of speculation alight with feverish excitement.

Deadline has interviewed Stephen Lambert and Tim Harcourt, the chief creative officer of Studio Lambert, who discussed casting preferences and the celebrity list that has been selected for the forthcoming version. Lambert is particularly looking forward to having Liz Truss, the former UK prime minister, who, with her very brief and turbulent time in office, has managed to keep herself in the public eye.

True, said the producer, "and untruths that might have made her a fascinating contender on this show, which thrives on deception and alliances.".

Celebrity Edition Anticipation

Liz Truss, who was prime minister for 49 days in 2022, has continued to have a high public profile and earlier this month was publicizing her book "Ten Years to Save the West" at a series of high profile events, including the Conservative Political Action Conference.

This would, of course, infuse the show with a dramatic tinge, since in its U.S. version on Peacock, it has already hosted prominent political figures such as John Bercow, former speaker of the House of Commons. While Truss represents a local flavor, Tim Harcourt's dream pick would take the speculation international with former U.S.

President Barack Obama. While Harcourt admits such a guest would be a long shot, his inclusion would undoubtedly shift the show's profile globally. Deadline revealed that the celebrity edition of the show is in the advanced stage of negotiations, and production is slated to begin next year.

The series will continue its tradition of keeping viewers on the edge of their seats as it features psychological gameplay and strategic maneuvering. On the other hand, filming is at full throttle in Scotland for the third season of "The Traitors".

The season is confirmed to have climbed its expectations a notch higher, with Lambert staying sure in referring to it as a season in its place, with twists that have never been seen to keep the viewers entertained. The show's last series wrapped with very solid viewership—8 million watched the finale.

So with Studio Lambert gearing up to add an extra layer of tension with celebrity involvement, the interest has been keen to see how the dynamic of the game changes with familiar faces in the mix.