Big Brother Is BACK – Please, Do Not Swear

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Big Brother back ITV2

by Nikki Peach |
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There seem to be so many reality shows on at the moment it's hard to imagine when we'll get our lives back. But after ITV2's latest announcement about the return of Big Brother, it won't be anytime soon.

Big Brother, arguably the original Reality TV show, has long been rumoured to return and now we've finally got a date in the diary.

The show is back this October on on ITV2 and ITVX for the first time in five years (though it feels like longer!).

A new cast of carefully selected housemates, from all walks of life, will take up residence in the world’s most famous reality TV home for up to six weeks, with cameras capturing their every move, and the nation following every twist and turn.

When is Big Brother returning?

It's official, Big Brother is back on ITV2 at 9pm on Sunday 8 October. It will be on every night except for Saturdays.

Is there a Big Brother trailer out yet?

Well, sort of. There's this teaser clip showing the new ITV branding. And fans are pretty excited about it...

Who are the Big Brother hosts?

Our dreams of a Davina McCall comeback were dashed long ago (she's busy with her own new reality show), but at least we've been given two pretty great replacements. The hosts of the new Big Brother series are AJ Odudu and Will Best.

The pair will host live evictions as well as Big Brother: Late & Live, which is on straight after Big Brother each night. The show is filmed on the site of the Big Brother house and the hosts will interview evictees in the same way as they have done in the past.

Where is the Big Brother house?

The action will all play out under the roof of the iconic Big Brother house, which will be given its own contemporary new look ready for this reimagining of the show. 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.

The brand new Big Brother house is located in North London at Garden Studios, close to Wembley.

Why did Big Brother end?

Big Brother first hit screens in 2000 in the UK after first hitting screens in the Netherlands in 1999. Since its debut, over 500 series of the show have aired around the world in over 64 countries and regions.

In the UK, Big Brother first aired on Channel 4 and ran for a total of 11 series, plus 7 series of Celebrity Big Brother and a final special edition series entitled Ultimate Big Brother. The show subsequently aired for a further 8 series on Channel 5, with an additional 15 celebrity series, before going on hiatus in 2018.

While the show has earned a legion of fans over the years and brought us some of the most iconic moments in pop culture (see: Tiffany Pollard's monologue), it's not without its critics either. And plenty of people, including former contestants, are wary of this 'social experiment' and the affect it can have on their mental health.

Is Big Brother on ITV?

Yes, having first started as a Channel 4 show before moving to Channel 5 in 2011. However, the revamped show is back on ITV2 for the first time.

Paul Mortimer, Director of Reality Commissioning & Acquisitions and Controller, ITV2, ItvBe & CITV teased the show saying: '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.'

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