Big Brother, where art thou? Channel 5 drops reality TV show

Brunilde Fioravanti
Settembre 14, 2018

Posted with a teaser clip on Channel 5's Twitter page, they said in a statement: 'The forthcoming series of Big Brother will be the last - of either celebrity or civilian versions - on Channel 5'.

"We'd also like to thank our brilliant presenters - Emma (Willis) on Big Brother and Rylan (Clark-Neal) from Bit On The Side - for their consummate professionalism, Marcus (Bentley), the voice of Big Brother and all of the housemates who have created so many memorable moments".

"Most importantly, we'd like to thank fans of the show for their support over the last seven years".

He shared with his 1.5million followers: "After six years working on one of the most iconic shows on television I'm saddened to hear the news Big Brother isn't returning".

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. We look forward to giving the final series a brilliant send-off'.

Celebrity Big Brother will also be discontinued after another series packed with controversy.

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.

Gushing over his co-stars, Rylan added: "To work with Emma [Willis], Marcus [Bentley, the show's narrator] and the wonderful team on BOTS every day and have made friends for life I'm truly the luckiest guy in the industry".

Big Brother was billed as a social experiment on Channel 4 18 years ago, and involved putting ordinary people in a house over a series of weeks with no contact to the outside world.

"I learned how to host a show on the job here and I'll be forever grateful for the opportunity. R x".

Endemol Shine has hinted a "future opportunities" for a "new chapter" of Big Brother in the United Kingdom after Channel 5 confirmed that this season of the reality show will be the last on the Viacom-owned broadcaster.

The final of the most recent series, broadcast by Channel 5 previous year, was watched by just 1.11 million.

The civilian series of Big Brtoher is set to return on Friday night with a fresh set of housemates entering the house. It appears this year follows the same format of CBB first and BB straight after.

The show is now fronted by Emma Willis, who has presented Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother since 2013.

"We are incredibly proud of Big Brother which has consistently been the highest rated show for Channel 5 over the past seven years", it said.

Ahead of the live launch of the new series on Friday evening, Channel 5 announced it will be the final one.

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