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 2023.
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.
Unsurprisingly, previous host Emma Willis has ruled out returning to the show. Speaking exclusively to RadioTimes, Emma said: "I think with every new era of Big Brother, I think there should be a new host...
"You know, I loved my time on the show, and I very much kind of said goodbye to it back then because we thought it was over. I don't tend to go back. I like to move forward. I think it's right. It's starting again, it's got a new home – it should have a new host."
With the news that the series will have a brand new host, former housemate and current This Morning presenter Alison Hammond has been tipped for the top job.
A source told The Mirror: "Alison is top of the list to present next year’s Big Brother. Execs think she’s exactly what the show needs. She’s energetic, fun, relatable and she was on the show, so she knows it inside out."
Along with the new series, the Big Brother sideshow is to return, similar to previous formats Big Brother's Little Brother and Big Brother's Bit On The Sude.
A source told The Sun: "ITV knows that's not just the main show that gets fans talking, and the spin-off for Big Brother has always been a favourite for viewers. It's early days but with the comeback of the main show, all things look positive for Big Brother's sister to return too. What it will be called remains to be seen, but expect carnage."
PURPOSE BUILT HOUSE
New series - new house! The Sun is reporting that ITV is to build a purpose-built house somewhere within North London or surrounding areas, with Bovindon Airfield (where ITV have existing studio space used for Dancing On Ice and The Masked Singer) widely tipped to the be the favourite location.
A source told The Sun: "The network is clearly in this for the long haul and plans on a successful multi-series run with Big Brother, just like Channel 4 did back in the day. Channel bosses don’t want to be moving locations and dealing with the often complicated rules and regulations of renting out a space."
Big Brother returns in 2023 on ITV2 and ITVX.