Big Brother will no longer air on Channel 5

Lewis Collier
September 15, 2018

Other memorable characters have included Nikki Grahame, best known for her tantrums, and Jade Goody, who starred on both Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother before her death in 2009.

It noted that the latest version of Celebrity Big Brother, which featured Cheers star Kirstie Alley, was C5's highest rating show of the year, grew its audience by 17% year-on-year and tripled the network's slot average for 16-24 year olds.

The broadcaster made the announcement via its Twitter page, just hours ahead of the live launch of the last-ever civilian series, while Bit On The Side spin-off show host Rylan Clark-Neal said he was "saddened" by the news.

"Halifax carer" set to appear in Big Brother 2018 on Channel 5Coming only days after the Celebrity Big Brother finale - and in this, its 18th year - the original social experiment, "Big Brother" returns tonight at 9pm for one final outing, with a selection of housemates from all walks of life entering a new-look "Big Brother" House.

"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.

They said the decision "opens up a new chapter and we are excited about future possibilities for Big Brother in the UK".

For the past year, the future of the reality juggernaut has been in doubt, with the channel's boss revealing recently that he was "planning for a year without 'Big Brother" in 2019.

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Ratings fell towards the end of its Channel 4 run and in 2011 Channel 5, then owned by Richard Desmond, signed a contract with Endemol to acquire the programme.

The dating show failed to captivate viewers when the channel brought it over in 2012, but the current appetite for dating shows could help revive its popularity.

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 has been the biggest privilege being a housemate, a victor and a host on my favourite show on the television".

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

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.

Pallett left the series and after watching the footage back, issued an apology saying she had "gotten it wrong".

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