You only have to look at the amount of dating shows available to binge-watch right now to know reality TV is alive and well. But OG fans of the genre will be overwhelmed to hear Big Brother is officially making a comeback, after ITV revealed it would be back on our screens for 2023.
Here's everything we know about the return of Big Brother, from its expected release date to who might head into the house.
When was the return of Big Brother announced?
ITV officially announced the return of Big Brother in an advert break on ITV2 during the Love Island 2022 final. They simply included a screen with the iconic Big Brother eye, as well as the recognisable theme music. They later confirmed it will air on ITV2 and new streaming platform ITVX, with its famous house featuring a “contemporary new look”.
A report from The Sun back in January 2022 first hinted at BB's return, commenting, "They are really keen on getting the deal done on Big Brother, and hope to have something firm to announce soon. The talks are still at an early, and delicate, stage and the next few weeks will be key."
Who will star in Big Brother 2023?
While none of the line up has been confirmed so far, ITV revealed "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."
Paul Mortimer, director of reality commissioning and acquisitions and controller of ITV2, ITVBe and CITV, added: "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."
What will happen in Big Brother 2023?
As ITV's press release explained, "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.
"Clever tasks, nail-biting 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."
— R Y L A N (@Rylan) August 1, 2022
Who will present Big Brother 2023?
Big Brother originally ran for 10 years until 2010 on Channel 4, and was hosted by Davina McCall before Rylan Clark took over. The show then moved to Channel 5 from 2011 until 2018, and was presented by series two champion Brian Dowling and later Emma Willis.
So far, there's been no news on who might present the reboot, but everyone from Alison Hammond (who was a contestant in 2002) to Rylan's names have been thrown into the mix.
What is Big Brother 2023's expected release date?
Sadly, no news of when the reboot of Big Brother will air, but seeing as ITV2 have confirmed Love Island will air twice next year, it will presumably be at some point when Love Island isn't on. Maybe spring or autumn? We'll be waiting with baited breath.
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