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Big Brother to return to TV screens in 2023 after 5 year hiatus

ITV have announced that it is set to revive the iconic reality series Big Brother, following a five year hiatus after it was axed back in 2018. The news was confirmed by a promotional video that aired during the Love Island series finale on ITV2 on Monday (1 August) evening. This is everything you need to know about Big Brother’s return. Big Brother is one of the biggest and most infamous reality TV franchises in the world, with over 500 series airing around the world in over 64 countries and regions since its inception in the Netherlands in 1999.

The show see’s a group of contestants, called the housemates, living together in a special house that is completely isolated from the outside world. Throughout the show, the housemates take part in challenges, weekly tasks and nominate their fellow contestants to be eliminated from the house.Some housemates are also given secret tasks to undertake either individually or as a small group, and failure to complete it can result in punishment for the house, or a nomination to be evicted. The winner of the show is determined via a public vote, and bags the prize money, the amount of which has varied throughout the years, ranging from £50,000 to £150,000.

The show is generally seen as something of a social experiment, with housemates interacting with others from a wide variety of backgrounds, beliefs and ideals. It premiered in the UK on 18 July 2000 on Channel 4, and featured a 24-hour live feed, allowing fans to tune into the house at any given time.

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