Big Brother fans, your wait is finally over. The iconic reality series is set to make a triumphant return to British television, this time on ITV, after being axed by Channel 5 back in 2018 due to dwindling ratings.
A History of Controversy and Memorable Moments
For those unfamiliar, Big Brother has left an indelible mark on British TV history. From ‘Nasty’ Nick’s scheming to the infamous ‘punch-gate,’ not to mention the unforgettable moment when viewers were falsely told “David’s dead,” and Kim Woodburn’s fiery spat with Jamie O’Hara, the show has consistently delivered some of the most controversial and talked-about moments on the small screen.
A Trip Down Memory Lane
Originally debuting on Channel 4, Big Brother ran for an impressive 11 series, accompanied by seven celebrity editions, and culminating in a final special edition known as Ultimate Big Brother. Following its transition to Channel 5, the show enjoyed an additional eight series, including a whopping 15 celebrity iterations, before going on an extended hiatus in 2018.
The Grand Return
Now, the highly anticipated 2023 series, set to air on both ITV2 and ITVX, marks the first time Big Brother returns to UK screens in almost five years, sending waves of excitement through its dedicated fan base.
New Hosts and Cast
The revival brings a fresh hosting duo to the fore, with TV personalities AJ Odudu and Will Best stepping into the considerable shoes left by previous presenters Davina McCall, Emma Willis, and Brian Dowling. Notably, AJ Odudu is no stranger to the Big Brother universe, having hosted the bonus show ‘Big Brother’s Bit On the Side’ alongside Rylan Clarke in 2013. On the other hand, Will Best is renowned for his stint on T4, Channel 4’s weekly music show.
The Mystery of the Housemates
While the identities of the contestants remain shrouded in secrecy, ITV has tantalisingly promised “a new cast of carefully selected housemates, from all walks of life.”
The Grand Launch
Prepare for a television event as Big Brother returns on Sunday, October 8 at 9 pm on ITV1, ITV2, and ITVX. Viewers will be treated to the thrilling sight of the new housemates arriving at the iconic house, all against the backdrop of a live studio audience. A revamped Big Brother House boasts a “contemporary new look,” though one hopes it won’t trigger the same claustrophobia as in seasons past.
The Classics Return
Fans can breathe a sigh of relief as classic elements of the show, including tasks, nominations, and live evictions, are set to make a triumphant return. The public will once again have a pivotal role, exercising their voting power throughout the series to determine the winner, who will walk away with a life-changing cash prize.
Following the main show, Big Brother enthusiasts can stay tuned for ‘Big Brother: Late & Live,’ a new companion programme hosted by AJ Odudu and Will Best, broadcast from the very site of the Big Brother house and in front of a studio audience.
In addition, the beloved ‘Big Brother: Live Stream’ is set to return, airing seven nights a week exclusively on ITVX. While the 24/7 live feed won’t be quite the same as in its early years, ITV promises that footage from inside the house “will be live streamed into the small hours every night on ITV after the Big Brother companion show.”
Mark your calendars for the grand return of Big Brother, as ‘Big Brother: The Launch’ airs on Sunday, 8th October at 9 pm on ITV1, ITV2, and ITVX. Prepare for a fresh wave of drama, intrigue, and unforgettable moments as this beloved series makes its triumphant comeback.