Final Big Brother house revealed as series airs for final time on Channel 5.
Coming only days after the Celebrity Big Brother finale which saw former Corrie actor Ryan Thomas take the top spot, Channel 5 will return to the BB house for its final time.
In this final run Channel 5 bosses have promised to take the show back to its original premise of being a social experiment. Whether that means the return of all the original challenges of Big Brother leaving house mates to fend for themselves for the first week or so remains to be seen.
This year’s house is designed to bring Big Brother back to its roots; everything has been designed to remind the Housemates that they are in a game: maze artwork, intriguing design features, and a gaming table. It has been designed to evoke a feeling of living in a House that is run by an unseen power or organisation. The House has propaganda-inspired messaging throughout, to instill a sense of competitiveness in the Housemates.
The first decade of Big Brother was broadcast over on Channel 4 with the past eight years spent on Channel 5. Despite the move of networks the show has continued to hold a loyal fan base, however ratings have declined in the past few years thanks to changing viewing habits and a string of controversies.
Big Brother launched on Channel 4 in 2000 with Davina McCall as lead host, sister show Big Brother’s Little Brother has been hosted by Dermot O’Leary and George Lamb. When switching to Channel 5 Brian Dowling originally hosted the series with Emma Willis presenting sister show Big Brother’s Bit on the Side. Willis later replaced Dowling as main host with Rylan taking over the BBBOTS role.
Meanwhile bookmakers William Hill are speculating on which channel it will next appear on. A return to Channel 4 is the current favourite at 2/1, MTV is the second favourite at 3/1 and Sky 1 is offered at 7/2.
New Channel for Big Brother: 2/1 Channel 4, 3/1 MTV, 7/2 Sky 1, 4/1 Fox, 10/1 ITV 2, 16/1 ITV, 33/1 BBC One, 33/1 BBC Two.
“Big Brother can only be regarded as a hit for Channel Five and there may have been a couple of envious glances from its former home in recent years. There is every chance it could return to Channel 4.” – said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly
Big Brother returns tonight at 9pm for one final outing on Channel 5, with a selection of housemates from all walks of life entering a new-look ‘Big Brother’ House.