A The Traitors contestant from Lytham has broken her silence after being ‘murdered’ and ‘buried alive’ in a coffin on Wednesday night’s (January 18) episode.

Diane Carson, 63, was handed a ‘poisoned chalice’ by ‘traitor’ which led to her demise, and exit from the show, in the most recent episode of the BBC reality show.

The retired teacher said she hopes her son Ross, who is still in the show and has not yet revealed that Diane was his mum, can walk away with the cash prize.

She said: “I am going to be backing my son because blood is thicker than water. I did think about what would happen if I was put in the moral dilemma of being a faithful right at the end if he was a traitor, would I say anything?

“I decided sadly I wouldn’t and I am a girl who likes good winning over evil. I read fantasy adventure and I only enjoy the book, or in fact a good film, if there’s a happy ending or if good wins over evil.

“However, I decided that blood is definitely thicker so if that had been the case, if it had been Ross, I wouldn’t have said a thing and would’ve just let him win.”

Diane said she was glad to have made it as far as she did in the competition.

She said: “It feels amazing that I got this far. I really thought I was going out after the three-way tie at the round table (where contestants decide who to evict from the show).

“I thought I’d be out the next day, so I have done a lot better than I expected. I have loved the challenges and I would have loved to have more fun with Ross, telling stories about my son and him telling stories about his mum and I would have liked to have stayed on further.

“I didn’t have to win but I would have definitely liked a few more missions under my belt.”

Diane said she would have found it difficult to be a traitor on the show.

She said: “You’re lying all the time. I don’t mind not letting on about Ross [being my son] because it’s not doing anyone any harm and it didn’t do me any good because we didn’t agree on anything really, so it was more just having a bit of a laugh, having him there.

“If he said it now, if he mentioned it, it would be a big axe in his back because they’ll use any excuse really to get rid.”

Diane said she did not have a strategy in the show and always aimed to be herself.

Lancashire Telegraph: Diane, on The TraitorsDiane, on The Traitors (Image: BBC)

She said: “I didn’t want to make hugely deep friendships. I thought I was unlikely to but that didn’t happen. There were some people that I was really drawn to their personalities and that detracted from any sort of gameplay I had in mind.

“There were some people that I wouldn’t naturally meet in real life but when you’ve made friends and you’re chatting and sharing bits of your life with somebody, its actually then really difficult to think they’re playing a really clever game because you have made a connection and an assumption that they’re nice people.

“There’s like an inside voice saying ‘oh, if they can behave like that in this game then maybe they’re not great human beings’ which, of course, is not true, they were just playing a good game. I did, in fact, meet some people that I thought were really lovely.”

Diane said one of the most surprising moments for her was when Ross chose to evict fellow player, Sonja, as she also came from Lancashire.  

She said: “I think when Ross said he had deliberately got rid of Sonja was probably my biggest surprise. I’m not absolutely sure I believed him but at that time, at that moment, I was quite shocked when he said that he wasn’t getting rid of her because he thought she was a traitor.

“He was getting rid of her because she came from Lytham and that might blow our secret.”

Diane said she hopes to stay in contact with her fellow contestants.

She said: “I fully intend to keep in contact with some of them, I think they would get on so well with my family and it would be great to meet up with them afterwards, so that’s the main thing I will be taking away.

“It took me out of the chaos of my own life where we’re having building work going on. The traitors has been a wee breeze, fab in comparison!”

In this psychological reality competition, Claudia Winkleman greets 22 strangers as they arrive at a beautiful castle in the Scottish Highlands to play the ultimate game of detection, backstabbing and trust, in the hope of winning up to £120,000.

Hidden amongst them are traitors whose job is to secretly murder a player every night, without getting caught.

It’s up to the others, the faithfuls, to try to detect who the traitors are, and banish them from the game, before they become their next victim.

For the lucky ones who survive to the end, they have the chance of winning that life-changing cash. But if a traitor remains undetected, they’ll steal all the money.

In another twist, revealed earlier in the series, it was revealed that Diane was the mother of another contestant, Ross.

Outside of the show Kerr Logan, a Lytham actor who appeared on Game of Thrones, said he was shocked to see his mum and brother, Ross and Diane, on the show.

You can watch The Traitors on BBC iPlayer.