After months of speculation, tonight it has finally been confirmed that the daddy of reality TV shows, Big Brother will be returning to UK screens in 2023 on ITV2.
We first reported back in April that talks were said to be underway to revive the series on the network, with a source telling The Sun:
“It needs the full treatment and they’re confident they are the ones who can return it to its legendary former glory. It has millions of fans and is one of the most iconic TV shows of its generation.”
In June it was reported that talks were entering advanced stages, with the UK broadcaster thought to be close to securing a deal to revive the much loved reality show.
At the time, respected industry publication Broadcast reported that ITV intended for the revived show to have a ‘back-to-basics’ approach, with the broadcaster hoping that Big Brother could become younger skewing event TV in a scale similar to that of Love Island.
Confirming the rumours tonight, ITV2 aired a short trailer featuring a distinctly ITV2 version of the iconic Big Brother eye motif during the final ad break of the Love Island final.
ITV have promised a new cast of carefully selected housemates, from all walks of life.
ITV also revealed that the initial will last up to six weeks, with cameras capturing their every move, and the nation following every twist and turn.
The action will all play out under the roof of an all new Big Brother house, which will be given its own contemporary new look ready for this reimagining of the show. The location of the new house is still to be announced.
Clever tasks, nail-biting nominations and live evictions will be back, with the public once again playing a crucial role, voting throughout the series and ultimately determining the winner, who will walk away with a life changing cash prize.
Produced by Initial (part of Banijay UK) Big Brother first launched on UK screens in 2000.
Speaking about the revival, Paul Mortimer, Director of Reality Commissioning & Acquisitions and Controller, ITV2, ItvBe & CITV revealed:
“This refreshed, contemporary new series of Big Brother will contain all the familiar format points that kept viewers engaged and entertained the first time round, but with a brand new look and some additional twists that speak to today’s audience. We’re beyond excited to bring this iconic series to ITV2 and ITVX where it should especially engage with our younger viewers.”Paul Mortimer
Natalka Znak, CEO of Initial, Remarkable Entertainment and Znak TV added;
“Big Brother is the original and best reality format and one that I have never made before so it’s a huge privilege to be making an all new version with ITV2 and ITVX.
Working with Claire O’Donohoe and the talented team at Initial, Katy Manley and Cat Lynch. This is going to be epic!”Natalka Znak
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