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18th Jan 2024

An Irish version of The Traitors is reportedly in the works

Simon Kelly

The Traitors Ireland

Could be a real hit over here.

One of the most popular reality game shows in recent years – The Traitors – is potentially getting an Irish version.

All everyone is talking about on social media this week is the return of the hit BBC show that’s taking the UK by storm and it could be coming to Irish screens soon.

Reports reveal that an Irish production company is getting behind the hit show and hoping RTÉ will jump on board and commission a series in the future.

An Irish version of The Traitors is reportedly in the works

A report from The Irish Times suggests that Dublin-based independent production company Kite Entertainment optioned the show for the market and is in discussion with RTÉ about making the series.

Kite managing director Darren Smith told the publication that the series is competing with a number of other pitches and has not been green-lit yet.

Based on a Dutch TV show, The Traitors centres on a group of contestants participating in a game similar to the party game Mafia – In which a small group of contestants become the titular “Traitors”, and must work together to eliminate the other contestants in order to win a grand prize, while the remaining contestants become “Faithful” and are tasked to discover and banish the Traitors by voting them out, to win the grand prize.

Kite want to set the Irish version of the series in an Irish castle, with a list of potential locations already looked into.

The first season of the UK version, presented by Claudia Winkleman, was broadcast in late 2022 and reached 34 million views on BBC and its iPlayer.

It’s also credited with brining back the cohort of younger viewers back to the national broadcaster, which could be of real appeal to RTÉ.

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