Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Big Brother will no longer air on Channel 5

Big Brother will no longer air on Channel 5

The broadcaster also confirmed the 22nd Celebrity Big Brother won by former Coronation Street actor Ryan Thomas last week was the last.

However producers Endemol Shine, which has applied for planning permission to keep the Big Brother house at Elstree Studios open for a further three years, said the end of its Channel 5 deal, merely meant a "new chapter" for the format.

"Big Brother continues to be a global phenomenon".

A "teaser" ad for the upcoming series of Big Brother, which gets under way on Friday night on Channel 5, did not show any of the new contestants' faces but a caption introducing one of the people described him as "the farmer, 23, Co Tipperary", with a voice saying "I deserve a place in the Big Brother House because you have not had a 23-year-old gay farmer from the heart of Ireland".

"After releasing the new Big Brother eye, Channel 5 teased recently: "'Big Brother' is ready with a bold new series of tasks and twists to challenge and surprise the housemates".

"We'd like to thank Endemol and all of the production team who have worked tirelessly to make the show a success", Channel 5 added.

They added: "Most importantly, we'd like to thank fans of the show for their support over the last seven years. We look forward to giving the final series a brilliant send-off", they concluded. But the excitement comes with really a lot of sadness as we all found out today that Big Brother is no more on Channel 5.

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It is understood that Channel 5 was to bring popular US TV show The Bachelor to a British audience, as a rival to ITV2's Love Island.

It took its name from the character in George Orwell's 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four and was initially presented by Davina McCall, moving to Channel 5 in 2010.

During the launch of Celebrity Big Brother, Channel 5 controller Ben Frow hinted the franchise would be ending as "the contract runs out at Christmas".

It was then hosted by former victor Brian Dowling before Emma Willis took over in 2013 and been narrated by Marcus Bentley for the whole 18 years the show has been on air.

Last year's civilian series - airing in its usual summer slot - saw an average of just 1.24 million viewers, a record low for the series.

This year's house is created to bring Big Brother back to its roots as a social experiment but everything has been created to remind the housemates that they are in a game: maze artwork, intriguing design features, and a gaming table.

Presenter Rylan Clark-Neal, who hosts spin-off show Bit On The Side, said he was "saddened" the show would not be returning.

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