Big Brother’s return to Channel Five confirmed

Big BrotherIt’s been confirmed that Big Brother will return this Summer on a new home of Channel Five.

After months of negotiations Channel Five and Big Brother producers Endemol have signed a deal to bring back the reality television show. The series ended its run on Channel Four last Summer after 11 years (and various spin-offs including Celebrity Big Brother). When Richard Desmond acquired Channel Five last year almost immediately press reports claimed the newspaper mogul was keen to secure Big Brother for his latest acquisition. Since then the newspapers have been full of reports claiming a deal was near.

Now a deal really has been signed securing the future of Big Brother for two years (some reports originally stated five years). A Celebrity version is expected to launch in August. Earlier this week the Daily Star claimed Charlie Sheen and Joanna Lumley were high on the producers ‘wish list’ of stars for the new Celebrity version. Previous famous names to enter the house include Pete Burns, Rula Lenska, Dirk Benedict and Brigitte Nielsen. Following a four-week Celebrity series the ‘normal’ Big Brother will reportedly follow in September. The Big Brother house at Elstree is expected to be used once again with the traditional refit for the new housemates.

As the search for Celebrity and ‘normal’ housemates begins so too will the hunt for a new presenter. Davina McCall has ruled herself out of returning to the series meaning producers need someone else to fill her shoes. The press have been quick to suggest/report on a few possibilities with former housemates Vanessa Feltz and Brian Dowling both being named while Cheryl Cole has also been named as a possible new presenter!