Strictly’s Claudia Winkleman 'set for BBC chat show after pilot sparks buzz’

Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman is reportedly set to host her own chat show on BBC.

The 50-year-old’s new murder-mystery series The Traitors has just launched, and brought a lot of drama with it.

But despite having her hands full with Strictly and the new game show, she’s reportedly already filmed a pilot of The Claudia Winkleman Show.

According to reports, the team behind Graham Norton’s popular Friday evening programme, So Television, filmed the pilot.

A source revealed: ‘Claudia is fast becoming one of the most popular presenters on the Beeb.

‘Her chat show pilot went down a storm with execs and there is a lot of buzz about it already.’

The insider added to The Sun: ‘She has a razor-sharp wit and knows everyone in the industry, so she’d be perfect.’

Claudia spoke to Graham during his show on Friday about The Traitors, which saw viewers label her ‘savage’ in the first episode after a shock dumping before the game had even begun.

‘I initially said no but then watched the Dutch version and I wept,’ she said about the show’s concept.

‘I loved it so much and said, “Please let me do it.”  I was so lucky to do it.’

Asked about being mean in this series, the presenter added: ‘I am not always mean but I did have to do something at the beginning that I felt very uncomfortable with.

‘I loved them all but I knew too much about everyone so had to stay separate from them all.’

While she remained coy about it, her comments appear to be about Claudia herself choosing three The Traitors in the game.

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Ther 12-episode series sees 22 contestants move into a castle in the Scottish Highlands where they’ll take on challenges to try and win the prize money, which could reach £120,000.

By day, the contestants will all work together to get through challenges, some of which include critters and being buried alive, but each successful task adds to their prize fund.

By night, once the contestants are split into two groups of Claudia’s choosing, The Traitors and The Faithful, the Traitors will try and kill off one of the other group, but no one is sure who is who.

To avoid being ‘murdered’ at night, the contestants have to try and discover who is really a Traitor and who is lying, and banish them from the group. has approached BBC and Claudia Winkleman’s reps for comment.

The Traitors continues on Tuesday at 9.30pm on BBC One.

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