Big Brother hasn’t aired in the UK since 2018.
Big Brother may not have aired in the UK since 2018 but according to new rumours, Channel 4 may be planning on bringing the show back for another series.
Originally launched in the UK in 2000 on Channel 4, the broadcaster cancelled the show to much fanfare in 2010 but competing network Channel 5 then picked up the rights for the show, running their version from 2011-2018.
In a recent interview with Deadline, the head of Channel 4, Ian Katz, revealed that he was open to bringing back Big Brother as the network hunts for a reality franchise to compete with juggernaut Love Island.
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“I’d keep an open mind about pretty much any format,” he said. “One of the things we’ve learned in the last few years is how effectively almost any historic format can be rebooted in really interesting, creative ways.”
The news was short lived, however, as Channel 4 released a statement implying that Katz’s comments were taken out of context. “There are no plans for Big Brother to return to Channel 4,” they told Deadline in a statement.
While Channel 4 may have denied the rumours for now, it doesn’t mean that they’re not interested in rebooting the show. While it can be tricky and expensive to produce, the show has a built in brand which can be extremely hard to create nowadays so they’d be silly not to consider bringing the show back in some fashion.