TV viewers, this is Sky News. You get the news that Big Brother is back – please don’t swear.
Yes, after a five-year hiatus, the seminal reality show – which sees housemates living together with no access to the outside world, cameras capturing their every move – is back on ITV.
Irish singing duo Jedwardwho appeared on the celebrity version of the show in 2011 and 2017, threw their hat into the ring for presenting duties, announcing themselves as “Iconic Housemates” in a tweet.
The influential reality TV program ran for 18 years in the UK, starting on Channel 4 in 2000, before moving to Channel 5 in 2011 and running for a further seven years. It was discontinued in 2018 after a decline in viewership.
Paul Mortimer, director of reality commissioning and acquisition and controller of ITV2, ITVBe and CITV, said the new show would be updated for a modern audience.
“This refreshed, contemporary new series of Big Brother will contain all the familiar format moments that engaged and entertained viewers the first time around, but with a brand new look and some extra twists that speak to today’s audience,” he said.
“We are extremely excited to bring this iconic series to ITV2 and ITVX, where it should particularly engage our younger viewers.”
In the new series, a cast of “handpicked housemates from all walks of life” will live together for up to six weeks as the public watch via the network of surveillance cameras in the famous Big Brother house.
Live evictions will also return, with the audience once again voting during the series and ultimately deciding who wins the prize money.
It is not yet clear if the celebrity version will also return.
Big Brother first hit TV screens in the Netherlands in 1999. Since its debut, more than 500 episodes of the show have been broadcast worldwide in around 64 countries and regions.
In the UK, the program was originally presented by Davina McCall – who became famous for her famous line: “Big Brother house, this is Davina. You’re live on Channel 4, please don’t swear.”
Season two winner Brian Dowling took over presenting duties after the show moved to Channel 5, with Emma Willis replacing him for subsequent seasons.
It also spawned spin-offs including Big Brother’s Little Brother, Big Brother’s Big Mouth and Big Brother’s Bit On The Side, with presenters including Dermot O’Leary, Russell Brand and celebrity contestant Rylan Clark.
The show has made stars out of contestants including Kate Lawler, Alison Hammond, “Nasty” Nick Bateman and the late Nicky Graham and Jade Goody.
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