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The Traitors executive producer Mike Cotton thinks show is successful because anyone can play

The Traitors is successful because anyone can get involved in the game, executive producer Mike Cotton says credit:Bang Showbiz
The Traitors is successful because anyone can get involved in the game, executive producer Mike Cotton says credit:Bang Showbiz

'The Traitors' executive producer Mike Cotton thinks the show is successful as "anyone can play" the game.

The second series of the hit BBC reality show concludes on Friday (26.01.24) night and Cotton thinks that the fact that those from all walks of life can be Faithful or Traitors is key to the programme's appeal.

Mike told the Metro newspaper: "Why has it struck a chord? It feels different from other reality shows.

"There had been a glut of talent contests, or dating shows, or games that people could win only if they were the strongest, or the most intelligent, or the most beautiful.

"What's fascinating about 'The Traitors' is that anyone can play it. You can be from any walk of life. You can be any age – our cast goes from 21 up to 70."

Cotton explained that show bosses deliberately seek out ordinary people to play the game of treachery in the Scottish Highlands castle.

He said: "When we're looking for people to apply – because we're looking now for season three – we don't want people to come on the show because they think it's going to make them famous.

"We're actively looking for people who have passion for playing the game who can bring something from their own lives to it, whether that's a skillset from a past job or a hobby, or some sort of life experience they've had."

Claudia Winkleman has proved to be a successful host and Cotton thinks that she "encapsulates" the spirit of the show.

He explained: "She treads this really fun line. She can be quite brutal at times, but she's also quite mothering.

"I always like to think of the show as a group of really nice people playing a brutal game, and Claudia encapsulates that. She's a very nice person but a puppet master of this brutal game."