Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother axed by Channel 5

BIG BROTHER ENDING

BIG BROTHER ENDING

Channel 5 announced that it will no longer continue with either version of Big Brother after seven years producing the often controversial programme.

"But the excitement comes with really a lot of sadness because we have all found out today that Big Brother is no more on Channel 5".

"Future opportunities" for Big Brother could mean a move to UKTV's suite of cable channels.

"The forthcoming series of Big Brother will be the last, of either celebrity or civilian versions, on Channel 5", said a spokesperson for the broadcaster. We'd like to thank Endemol and all of the production team who have worked tirelessly to make the show a success.

Endemol said it was "disappointed not to reach an agreement with Channel 5" over the future of the show.

Big Brother's Twitter account also shared the news that the 19th series, launching on Friday night, would be the final one.

"I'd like to thank all of our guests, housemates and teams from over the years, Endemol and Channel 5 for having me and most of all the viewers for sharing this awesome journey. We look forward to giving the final series a brilliant send-off".

There are a handful of possibilities for Big Brother in the United Kingdom; a number of industry execs have suggested that it could work on UKTV, the joint venture broadcaster owned by Discovery and BBC Studios.

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Reality shows inspired by Big Brother, such as ITV2's Love Island, had stolen its thunder and its audience.

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.

The most recent series of Celebrity Big Brother was the source of some controversy, with Ofcom receiving 11,000 complaints from the British public over an incident involving contestants Roxanne Pallett and Ryan Thomas.

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.

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.

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.

Emotional: Bit On The Side spin-off show host Rylan Clark-Neal said he was "saddened" by the news.

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