The UK is back in the Big Brother House.
Nearly five years after John de Mol’s much-loved, loathed, groundbreaking and entertainment-landscape-changing reality show left British TV after 17 seasons, the format – now owned by Banijay and produced by the Initial label – will make a dramatic return.
First launching on Channel 4 in 2000 and then shifting to Channel 5 in 2011 before disbanding in 2018, Big Brother is heading to ITV this time. The network, buoyed by the success of its current ratings smash Love Islandbroke the long-awaited news on Monday evening, strikingly during a commercial break of Love Island‘s season 8 grand finale.
the revived Big Brother will be broadcast in 2023 on both ITV’s ITV2 channel and the soon-to-be-launched streaming service ITVX.
The British press, which played an important role in the revolution Big Brother becoming a culturally phenomenal and almost permanent topic of conversation in the early 2000s, it was rumored that ITV bosses wanted to bring in a younger audience and return to the back-to-basics approach of the show’s early seasons. In a release, the network said it would cast “carefully selected roommates, from all walks of life,” adding that the Big Brother house – the setting for some of the UK’s most well-known and controversial contemporary TV moments – would be given a “contemporary new look” for the show’s “reimagining”.
“This refreshed, contemporary new series from Big Brother will feature all the familiar format points that kept viewers captivated and entertained the first time around, but with a brand new look and some extra twists that appeal to today’s audience,” said Paul Mortimer, director of reality commissioning & acquisitions and controller, ITV2, ITVBe & CITV, who co-created the new series with Peter Tierney.
“Big Brother is the original and best reality format and one I’ve never made before, so it’s a huge privilege to create a brand new version with ITV2 and ITVX,” adds Initial CEO Natalka Znak, Remarkable Entertainment and Znak TV, please. “Working with Claire O’Donohoe and the talented team of Initial, Katy Manley and Cat Lynch. This is going to be epic.”