Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother axed by Channel 5

Brunilde Fioravanti
Settembre 14, 2018

"After 6 years working on one of the most iconic shows on television I'm saddened to hear the news Big Brother won't be returning".

The UK is one of 20 countries where the show will air in 2018, including the US where Celebrity Big Brother was recently renewed, four different versions in India and last month's Celebrity Big Brother in Germany which saw a rise of 85% series on series.

The latest series - which begins tonight at 9PM - will be the last ever.

Last year's series finale had just 1.1 million viewers.

Channel 5 have confirmed in a statement that the civilian series kicking off tonight will be the last while there will be no more 'Celebrity Big Brother' either.

Pallett later apologised to Ryan Thomas, saying she "overreacted".

Earlier today it was announced that this upcoming series would be the last.

The most recent versions of Big Brother have been hosted by Emma Willis and narrated by Marcus Bentley.

Ratings fell towards the end of its Channel 4 run and in 2011 Channel 5, then owned by Richard Desmond, signed a contract with Endemol to acquire the programme.

Celebrity Big Brother U.K. started up in 2001, replacing ordinary people with celebrities at various levels of fame.

By the time the show wraps up later this year, 19 civilian, 22 celebrity series, one "Ultimate", one "Teen", one "Celebrity Hijack" and one "Panto" series will have aired. "Whilst disappointed not to reach an agreement with Channel 5 the decision opens up a new chapter and we are excited about future possibilities for Big Brother in the United Kingdom".

Accents of orange and blue are all that break up an otherwise dreary colour scheme of grey on grey, while ornaments in the room ring home the housemates' reality - that they are merely pawns in Big Brother's game - with chess pieces situated on the shelves.

In a message on Twitter, he said hoped that "one day Big Brother will return" adding "my focus now, as with the rest of the team is to make our last series the best yet".

Previous Irish contestants on Big Brother include Anna Nolan, who came close to winning the very first series, and Brian Dowling who won the second series and also a later edition which featured a number of previous victors.

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