Traitors is a British television drama created by Bathsheba Doran. The drama is about a young woman named Feef Symonds, a British civil servant, who finds herself in a dilemma when her American lover tells her to spy on her government to get rid of Russian traitors. The plot is set in London in 1945, after the end of World War II.
The show is set on the theme of crime and thrill. It takes you back to the period after World War and while focusing on the main story, it also depicted the hardships faced by the people after World War II.
Now everyone must be thinking about how could the drama reproduce the disastrous period of World War II in this modern time? So let’s dive deep into knowing which locations were used to make the show resemble post-world war duration.
Most viewers of the Traitors show think that the show is filmed majorly in London due to its plot revolving around the aftermath of World War II London. But this assumption is not true as a large part of this show was shot in Cardiff, located in the southeast of Wales. This location was perfectly used to exhibit the demolition and catastrophic damages London experienced due to World War II. In Cardiff Bay, the production crew made one of the car parks into a World War set to make the show more realistic and true to the time frame its set in.
A Grade II building located opposite Portland House used as a set looked so convincingly burned due to its exterior. The attacked and exploded buildings were definite after a London bus which used to run in the 40s was blown right in front of these ruined buildings.
The filming of this show continued for 4 months and a large part was shot in Cardiff because of the low cost of production compared to London. Some of the photos were photographed in London to make give them a more realistic touch.
Some of the few locations used in Traitors according to each episode
“Feef” which is the first episode of the show, used Custom House in the Interrogation scene and also St. James’s Park.
The second episode – “Hugh”, utilized Cathays Park including the Reform Club as Lobby.
“Priscilla” is the third episode of the Traitors show which included Lord North Street.
The main building of Cardiff University was used as the House of Commons in the first, second, and fourth episodes. Similarly, the Glamorgan Building, a part of Cardiff University along with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs interior was put together in the first three episodes.
Additionally, in five episodes of Traitors, the exterior of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs was used as a location. In the sixth episode titled “It’s me´, three different important locations were used for this show. The Cardiff City hall was used as a Labour Party Conference as well as the Glamorgan building was used to portray the alley scene in the sixth episode.
In short, these above exquisite locations were used to film the Traitors television drama and if you have watched the drama you would definitely be able to recognize some of these places.
Where to watch Traitors?
Traitors was initially aired on Channel Four and was later available to stream on Netflix.