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|Big Brother UK (franchise)|
|Television Network(s)|| Channel 4 (2000 – 2010)|
E4 (2001 – 2010)
Channel 5 (2011 – Present)
5Star (2011 – Present)
|Host|| Davina McCall(2000 – 2010)|
Brian Dowling (2011 – 2013)
Emma Willis (2014 - Present)
|Series Run||July 18, 2000 - Present|
Big Brother UK (franchise) is the United Kingdom version of the popular international reality show Big Brother. It was broadcast on Channel 4 for its first 11 seasons before moving to Channel 5 starting with Big Brother UK 2011. The series has received much critical acclaim over its run, with several housemates becoming notable media figures following their time on the show. The popularity of the main series has resulted in four spin-off series (Teen Big Brother, Big Brother Panto, Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack, and Ultimate Big Brother), as well as a celebrity edition of the show which has become a staple in its own right.
How it Works
Big Brother is a reality television show in which a group of people live together in a large house, isolated from the outside world but continuously watched by television cameras. Each series lasts for around three months, and there are usually fewer than 15 participants. The housemates try to win a cash prize by avoiding periodic evictions from the house.
The UK version of the show largely follows the same format as the original Dutch version of Big Brother where each week the housemates will nominate two of their fellow housemates for eviction and the public will then vote to evict the two (or more) housemates who received the most nominations. Although the house is located in London and the majority of housemates are British, application is open to all citizens and permanent residents of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland.
What differentiates Big Brother UK from other versions of the show is not only its massive popularity but also its heavy reliance on twists. It is not uncommon for multiple twists to change the standard layout of the game each season, with past twists including the house being divided into Rich and Poor sides, housemates becoming "Power Housemates" and gaining special powers for the week, and housemates being fake evicted and moved into a secret house next door to the main house. It is not uncommon for housemates to move into the house after the series has already begun, and some of the tension on the show can come from the clash between people who have already been living in the house for a while and new people moving into the house.
The celebrity edition of the show contains a number of differences from the regular version of the show, although the core idea remains the same. With some exceptions, all housemates are celebrities in the outside world, and as such are often paid more for their appearance on the show than regular housemates are. Further, the celebrity version of the show often lasts for a much shorter time than the regular version does. Housemates are often only in the house for a maximum of about a month, as opposed to the 2-3 months regular housemates spend in the house. As a result of this, evictions on Celebrity Big Brother are held every few days rather than once a week, and double evictions are much more common.
Originally, the winner would have the money they would have received from winning instead donated to a charity of their choice. This practice has since been discontinued, and the winner often receives no special prize at all outside of the money they were paid to appear on the show.
The first series of Celebrity Big Brother was intended to be a one-off special series for charity, and was held in association with Comic Relief. Only six housemates participated in the series, and they were only in the house for eight days. The series finale was aired on Red Nose Day 2001, and winner Jack Dee's winnings were donated to Comic Relief. The second series of the show continued the charity element of the original series, this time by having all proceeds gained from public voting split among four charities. This would be the last series to feature a charity component and all series since would be treated as a standard Big Brother series.
Celebrity Big Brother 4 became notable due to the fact that its winner, Chantelle Houghton, was not a celebrity at all but instead tasked by Big Brother to convince her fellow housemates that she was a celebrity.
The show was the subject of a large amount of controversy during Celebrity Big Brother 5 due to a number of racist and bullying comments made towards housemate Shilpa Shetty. In the midst of this, the series set the record for the most complaints ever received by a single show, with over 43,000 complaints being sent to TV watchdog Ofcom.
When the regular version of Big Brother UK moved from Channel 4 to Channel 5, Celebrity Big Brother moved along with it, and Celebrity Big Brother 8 became the first overall series of Big Brother to air on Channel 5.
List of Series
|Big Brother (UK) Seasons|
|Series||Channel||Launch Date||Final Date||Days||Housemates||Winner||Runner-Up||Prize|
|Big Brother 1||Channel 4||July 18, 2000||September 15, 2000||64||11||Craig Phillips||Anna Nolan||£70,000|
|Big Brother 2||May 25, 2001||July 27, 2001||64||14||Brian Dowling||Helen Adams||£70,000|
|Big Brother 3||May 24, 2002||July 26, 2002||64||14||Kate Lawler||Jonny Regan||£70,000|
|Big Brother 4||May 23, 2003||July 25, 2003||64||13||Cameron Stout||Ray Shah||£70,000|
|Big Brother 5||May 28, 2004||August 6, 2004||71||13||Nadia Almada||Jason Cowan||£63,500|
|Big Brother 6||May 27, 2005||August 12, 2005||78||16||Anthony Hutton||Eugene Sully||£50,000|
|Big Brother 7||May 18, 2006||August 18, 2006||93||22||Pete Bennett||Glyn Wise||£100,000|
|Big Brother 8||May 30, 2007||August 31, 2007||94||22||Brian Belo||Amanda & Sam Marchant||£100,000|
|Big Brother 9||June 5, 2008||September 5, 2008||93||21||Rachel Rice||Michael Hughes||£100,000|
|Big Brother 10||June 4, 2009||September 4, 2009||93||22||Sophie Reade||Siavash Sabbaghpour||£71,320|
|Big Brother 11||June 9, 2010||August 24, 2010||77||21||Josie Gibson||Dave Vaughan||£100,000|
|Big Brother 12||Channel 5||September 9, 2011||November 11, 2011||64||15||Aaron Allard-Morgan||Jay McKray||£50,990|
|Big Brother 13||June 5, 2012||August 13, 2012||70||17||Luke Anderson||Adam Kelly||£50,000|
|Big Brother 14||June 13, 2013||August 19, 2013||68||14||Sam Evans||Dexter Koh||£100,000|
|Big Brother 15||June 5, 2014||August 15, 2014||72||19||Helen Wood||Ashleigh Coyle||£100,000|
|Big Brother 16||May 12, 2015||July 16, 2015||66||18||Chloe Wilburn||Joel Williams||£116,100|
|Big Brother 17||June 7, 2016||July 26, 2016||50||19||Jason Burrill||Hughie Maughan||£70,000|
|Big Brother 18||June 5, 2017||July 28, 2017||54||22||Isabelle Warburton||Raph Korine||£100,000|
|Big Brother (UK) Special Seasons|
|Series||Launch Date||Final Date||Days||Housemates||Winner||Runner-Up||Prize|
|Teen Big Brother||October 13, 2003||October 18, 2003||10||8||Paul Brennan||Caroline Cloke||Trip|
|Big Brother Panto||December 20, 2004||January 5, 2005||11||10||No Winner or Prize|
|Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack||January 3, 2008||January 28, 2008||26||12||John Loughton||Emilia Arata||£50,000|
|Ultimate Big Brother||August 24, 2010||September 10, 2010||18||14||Brian Dowling||Nikki Grahame||Ultimate Housemate|
|Big Brother Franchises|
|Africa||Africa · Angola · Nigeria · South Africa|
|Americas||Argentina · Brazil · Canada (Quebec) · Colombia · Ecuador · Mexico · Pacific · Panama · Peru · United States (Spanish)|
|Asia-Pacific||Arab States · Australia · China · India (Hindi · Kannada · Bengali · Tamil · Telugu) · Indonesia · Israel · Philippines · Russia · Thailand · Vietnam · Turkey|
|Europe||Albania · Balkans · Belgium · Bulgaria · Croatia · Czech Republic · Denmark · Finland · France (Loft) · Germany · Greece · Hungary · Italy · Lithuania · Netherlands · Norway · Poland · Portugal (Secret) · Romania · Scandinavia · Slovakia · Slovenia · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland · United Kingdom · Ukraine|