'Big Brother' and 'Celebrity Big Brother' have officially been axed

Angelo Anderson
September 15, 2018

Dry those tears, Big Brother fans, because we have incredible reality-telly-related news.

A "teaser" ad for the upcoming series of Big Brother, which gets under way on Friday night on Channel 5, did not show any of the new contestants' faces but a caption introducing one of the people described him as "the farmer, 23, Co Tipperary", with a voice saying "I deserve a place in the Big Brother House because you have not had a 23-year-old gay farmer from the heart of Ireland".

It's not the first time the show has been made for British screens - in fact it originally appeared on BBC3 in 2003.

Endemol Shine said: "While 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".

"We'd like to thank Endemol and all of the production team who have worked tirelessly to make the show a success", Channel 5 added.

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.

"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.

Big Brother producers said they were "disappointed not to reach an agreement" with Channel 5 over the continuation of the reality show.

This year's house is created to bring Big Brother back to its roots as a social experiment but everything has been created to remind the housemates that they are in a game: maze artwork, intriguing design features, and a gaming table.

Channel 5 said: 'The forthcoming series of Big Brother will be the last - of either celebrity or civilian versions - on Channel 5. "We look forward to giving the final series a brilliant send-off", they concluded.

It took its name from the character in George Orwell's 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four and was initially presented by Davina McCall, moving to Channel 5 in 2010.

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.

The most recent series of "CBB" drew to a close earlier this week, with Ryan Thomas crowned the last-ever victor.

The announcement follows the conclusion of the recent series of Celebrity Big Brother, which was beset with controversy from the start.

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