The Big Brother house has a brand new home, as the global television phenomenon makes its much anticipated return to UK television and moves onto ITV2 and ITVX from this October.
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.
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. TV Zone understands the new house will be in the South of England. Bovingdon Airfield, first tipped aa the likely location, has been ruled out by reports from bbspy.
TV Zone also understands that the new house is likely to be purpose built - ruling out the idea of the series coming from an existing mansion which is just rigged with cameras like Love Island. However, it's not clear whether the entire house will be built from scratch, or built within an existing space/studio.
Shopping tasks, 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 series, which is due to launch this October on ITV2 and ITVX, will consist of 36 episodes airing Sunday-Friday. Alongside the main series, a nightly spin-off will air after each episode. The host for the series has not been announced, however it's widely reported that AJ Odudu has secured the role.
Paul Mortimer, Director of Reality Commissioning said at the time of the commission: “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.”
Produced by Initial (part of Banijay UK) Big Brother first launched on UK screens in 2000 on Channel 4, before moving to Channel 5 in 2011.