Big Brother is BACK! Show return CONFIRMED for 2023 as bosses announce ITV2 as new UK home

Big Brother is BACK! Show return CONFIRMED for 2023 as bosses announce ITV2 as new UK home – five years after it was axed by Channel 5

  • Big Brother set to return to UK television screens next year on ITV2 and ITVX with ordinary members of the public from all walks of life as housemates
  • The reality TV juggernaut originally aired on Channel 4 from 2000 to 2010 and was hosted by Davina McCall, 54, before it moved to Channel 5 until 2018
  • While ordinary members of the public were rocketed to fame, a celebrity version of the show with famous housemates also ran from 2000
  • The housemates’ fate will once again be in the hands of the Great British public as they vote throughout the series, ultimately determining who will walk away with a huge cash prize and be crowned the winner 

Big Brother’s much-anticipated comeback has been confirmed by ITV bosses.

The original reality television juggernaut’s new UK home has been announced as ITV2 and ITVX, with a series set to air next year.

A cast of carefully selected housemates from all walks of life will take up residence in Britain’s most famous television house for up to six weeks, with cameras capturing their every move.

It's BACK! Big Brother's much-anticipated comeback has been confirmed by ITV bosses (series three winner Kate Lawler seen on show final in 2002)

It’s BACK! Big Brother’s much-anticipated comeback has been confirmed by ITV bosses (series three winner Kate Lawler seen on show final in 2002)

The house will be given a contemporary new look for the reimagining of the iconic series.

It is hoped audiences will be gripped as the contestants take part in entertaining tasks, tense nominations and live evictions.

The housemates’ fate will once again be in the hands of the Great British public as they vote throughout the series, ultimately determining who will walk away with a huge cash prize and be crowned the winner.

Tease: ITV teased the new series of Big Brother in an advert break during the final of Love Island on Monday night

Tease: ITV teased the new series of Big Brother in an advert break during the final of Love Island on Monday night

Paul Mortimer, Director of Reality Commissioning & Acquisitions and Controller, ITV2, ItvBe and CITV said: ‘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.’

Natalka Znak, CEO of creators 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.’

Blink and you'll miss it: The green eye appeared briefly on ITV2, the new home of Big Brother UK when it airs next year

Blink and you’ll miss it: The green eye appeared briefly on ITV2, the new home of Big Brother UK when it airs next year 

Comeback: While a host is yet to be announced, the reality television juggernaut's new UK home has been announced as ITV2 and ITVX, with a series set to air next year (former host Davina McCall seen on the show in 2002)

Comeback: While a host is yet to be announced, the reality television juggernaut’s new UK home has been announced as ITV2 and ITVX, with a series set to air next year (former host Davina McCall seen on the show in 2002)

Hosts: In addition to Davina McCall, Emma Wills (left) previously hosted the show on Channel 5 while Rylan Clark presented its spin-off. New hosts are yet to be announced

Hosts: In addition to Davina McCall, Emma Wills (left) previously hosted the show on Channel 5 while Rylan Clark presented its spin-off. New hosts are yet to be announced

Big Brother first aired on UK screens in 2000 when it launched on Channel 4.

One of the world’s most successful reality television franchises, it first hit screens in the Netherlands in 1999 and more than 500 series of the show have aired around the world in more than 64 countries and regions.

In the UK, Big Brother first aired on Channel 4 and ran for a total of 11 series, while there were seven series of Celebrity Big Brother and a final special edition called Ultimate Big Brother. 

All stars: The show started as a social experiment in 2000 and went on to become a firm fixture of popular culture (series one winner Craig Phillips seen with Davina in 2000)

All stars: The show started as a social experiment in 2000 and went on to become a firm fixture of popular culture (series one winner Craig Phillips seen with Davina in 2000)

It then moved to Channel 5 for a further eight series, with an additional 15 celebrity seasons, before going on hiatus in 2018. 

The upcoming 2023 series on ITV2 and ITVX will mark the first new series of Big Brother on UK screens in almost five years.

Last week it was reported a deal with rights-owner Banijay had finally been inked after months of talks and that the house will be in a brand new UK location.

Energised: Pete Bennett was the winner of seven in 2006, with the star being the first housemate to have Tourette Syndrome

Energised: Pete Bennett was the winner of seven in 2006, with the star being the first housemate to have Tourette Syndrome

Former hosts Davina McCall and Emma Willis, along with Bit On The Side presenter Rylan Clark are unlikely to be involved, it has been claimed.

Despite this, an insider told the Mirror it’s probable the eye logo will return, while fans hope narrator Marcus Bentley will too. 

The show featured some iconic moments over the years, with a staggering 3.5million people voting for Liverpudlian builder Craig Phillips from Seaforth, Merseyside to win the £70,000 prize in 2000 at the end of the first series.

Legendary: The late Nikki Grahame became known for her explosive outbursts on Big Brother (pictured on the show in 2006)

Legendary: The late Nikki Grahame became known for her explosive outbursts on Big Brother (pictured on the show in 2006)

Rising star: Josie Gibson made a name for herself when she became a housemate in 2010 before going on to host This Morning on ITV

Rising star: Josie Gibson made a name for herself when she became a housemate in 2010 before going on to host This Morning on ITV

An icon: The late Jade Goody (right) made it to the final of the third series in 2002 (Jade seen on show final that year)

An icon: The late Jade Goody (right) made it to the final of the third series in 2002 (Jade seen on show final that year) 

Big Brother’s inaugural series captivated the nation due to the then-unheard of ‘social experiment’ style compound. 

As viewers continued to be enthralled with the season, the behaviour of Nick Bateman was the most shocking. 

The city broker won the nickname Nasty Nick after he attempted to cheat in the game and pass notes between contestants to sway nominations. He was confronted by eventual winner Craig.

Kate Lawler became the first female winner of the show in series three with 58.05% of the vote but it was the introduction of the late Jade Goody to UK TV screens was undoubtedly the height of drama in 2002. 

The Only Way Is Essex: Brian Belo rose to fame on Big Brother in 2008 and later came up with the idea for TOWIE (Brian seen in 2008)

The Only Way Is Essex: Brian Belo rose to fame on Big Brother in 2008 and later came up with the idea for TOWIE (Brian seen in 2008)

Tearful: Nadia Almada was ecstatic to become the first ever transgender housemate on the show, with the reality star going on to win the competition in 2004

Tearful: Nadia Almada was ecstatic to become the first ever transgender housemate on the show, with the reality star going on to win the competition in 2004

Girl power: Emma Wills hosted the show on Channel 5 from 2013 to 2018 (seen on show in 2018 during the last series)

Girl power: Emma Wills hosted the show on Channel 5 from 2013 to 2018 (seen on show in 2018 during the last series)

Other big names include the only ever transgender winner Nadia Almada, Anthony Hutton and Makosi Musambasi who shared a controversial moment in the swimming pool, the outrageous late Nikki Grahame who became one of the most temperamental stars to ever grace the show.

Meanwhile, the likes of ditzy Essex boy Brian Belo and This Morning presenters Alison Hammond and Josie Gibson also rose to fame on the show.

The programme, which was seen as a ground-breaking social experiment when it first aired in 2000, was initially a roaring success, with the final of the first series bringing in 9.45million viewers but it was axed in September 2018 after 18 years on air across both Channel 4 and Channel 5.

Let's dance: Dancer Anthony Hutton won series six of the show in 2005 after becoming a firm favourite with viewers

Let’s dance: Dancer Anthony Hutton won series six of the show in 2005 after becoming a firm favourite with viewers

Champ: Brian Dowling was the winner of the second series of the show in 2001 and he later went on to host it on Channel 5 after appearing in Ultimate Big Brother

Champ: Brian Dowling was the winner of the second series of the show in 2001 and he later went on to host it on Channel 5 after appearing in Ultimate Big Brother

It averaged at 5.8million viewers an episode by its third season – but figures dropped to just 2.9million an episode in 2009 thanks to competitors inspired by the very shows it spawned, such as The Only Way Is Essex.

Its move from Channel 4 to Channel 5 saw the show hit an all-time low, with viewership dropping to 1.2million in its last season with the broadcaster.

Celebrity Big Brother also suffered a blow to its viewership as early as season six, which followed the race row of season five. Contestant Jade Goody referred to Indian actress Shilpa Shetty as ‘Shilpa Poppadom’, resulting in 10,000 complaints to Ofcom and 2,000 to Channel 4.

Average viewership per episode dropped from 4.6million to 3.1million by season six.

As 2010 loomed, the public began switching off and over to The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing. 

Entertainers: Makosi Musambasi shared a controversial moment in the swimming pool with Anthony Hutton during her series in 2005

Entertainers: Makosi Musambasi shared a controversial moment in the swimming pool with Anthony Hutton during her series in 2005

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