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Big Brother 19 (UK) is the final series of Big Brother (UK).

Background

Possible Cancellation

After a drop in ratings in 2017, Channel 5 boss Ben Frow stated that he would like to take Big Brother UK off of the air.[1] The summer's civilian series fell at an all-time low average at less than one million viewers a night where most of the viewers watched Channel 4's Love Island. “A year ago, everyone was saying 16-34s aren’t watching television. Love Island has proved that if you get the right programme, they will come", said Frow. “I’ve got Big Brother on the channel which is, you know, decline decline decline. Still a useful programme. But this is a really good time for me to take a step back and look at a programme that was the be all and end all for our 16-34s and go, what are we gonna do?” Richard Desmond head of the channel when executives decided to revive the format back in 2011 after Channel 4 canceled the series.[2] “That was a contract that was there before I came,” said Frow. “I would be much happier with a channel that did not have Big Brother on it.” However, Frow would go on to say that he did, in fact, enjoy the rating boost that Big Brother brought to the channel. Back in 2013, he said at the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival that “Big Brother’s very important, I think it was genius, genius, genius of Channel 5 to take it. My only concern about it is that it’s such a big beast, and we need to manage the big beast because we can’t become over-reliant on it".[3] After the twentieth celebrity series, it was revealed that Big Brother ratings were the highest for the network.[4]

Casting

Auditions for Big Brother 19, opened January 5th, 2018 and unlike the previous year, where pairs were being asked for, anybody can audition this time around.[5] On March 5th,2018, it was announced that the closing date for auditions would be March 19th,2018.[6] Call-backs began after March 29th,2018.[7]

The closing date revealed for this season's auditions, March 19th, 2018, is a reference to the book 1984 by George Orwell, which is the novel that the Big Brother franchise was inspired from.

New Creative Team

Previous editor and executive producer Paul Osborne was hired as the new creative director for the show to help save it from cancellation. He was previously with the show from Big Brother 6 until Big Brother 9.[8][9]

It was later announced that two former executive producers had stepped down and were replaced by Tamsin Dodgson, who was promoted last series, and Anna Meadows and Jess Thomas. Lucy Crofts, Matt Green and Cally Haycox will be serving as Series Editors.[10]

Trevor Boris, who had been the challenge producer for Big Brother Canada was also added as a senior producer.[11]

Production Changes

On 25th March,2018 British newspaper; The Daily Star reported that the Big Brother producers are planning to strip the show back to it's roots, similar to what it was during it's first series as a basic social experiment.[12][13]

Superfan Press Conference

On August 5th, various Big Brother fan sites and superfans were invited to Borehamwood to a short discussion with producers to understand where the new team is taking the show for the upcoming celebrity and civilian series.[14]

Production Changes

As reported during the Superfan Press Conference, the following will be changed:

Less Outside Contact

In previous years, the show has violated the first rule of Big Brother, "No outside contact." As a result the house has been built to "keep the outside, out".[15]

Shopping Tasks Return

In the recent years, shopping tasks had been shortened to minimal days or eliminated all together in favor of twist taks. This will be reversed and shopping tasks will be back. Previous task producer, Jackson Townroe, has returned to the show for the first time since Big Brother 15 (UK).[16]

Normal Diary Room Nominations

Returning executive producer Paul Osborne announced that classic nominations would be back. He stated that he was a fan of the classic process rather than the recent weekly twists on nominations. It has also been noted that we will now know prior to nominations how many nominations one housemate will need in order to be nominated.[17]

Completely Unknown Housemates

For the potentially last series, Paul Osbourne stated the they were trying to find "complete unknowns". For the last few series there have been reality stars from shows The Valleys, Ibiza Weekender and Ex on the Beach.[18]

Natural Drama

Producers will be ditching the outside influencing and manipulative tasks that have taken over the last few series. A source said, "They want it to be a true social experiment because they realise they have lost that element along the way." This was also implemented in previous celebrity series.[19]

Eye

BB UK autumn 2018

The twitter icon for the series

The eye was teased by Paul Osbourne as a never before seen eye for the franchise, especially since the move to Channel 5. It was eventually released on September 4th with a red and blue color scheme.[20] Channel 5 said, "With this brand-new series comes the first surprise, a brand-new take on the ‘Big Brother’ eye – an interplanetary orb of luminous colours."

Housemate Teaser

During the Celebrity Big Brother 22 (UK) final, a quick snippet of housemates were previewed with their age and occupation. No names or appearances were discovered.[21]

For the third consecutive series, Pink Casino will be the sponsor of the series.[22]

House

The house was revealed on the morning of the launch with a strategic-like house. Tempting phrases such as "Live by the sword, die by the sword" on the backyard wall. The look of the house was designed to give the housemates the constant reminder that they are in a game.[23]

Cancellation

BBUK19 Intro GIF

After rumors of a possible cancellation, it was announced on the day of the launch that this series would be it's last.[24] Channel 5 released a statement saying:

“The forthcoming series of Big Brother will be the last – of either celebrity or civilian versions – on Channel 5. We’d like to thank Endemol and all of the production team who have worked tirelessly to make the show a success. We’d also like to thank our brilliant presenters – Emma on Big Brother and Rylan from Bit on the Side – for their consummate professionalism, Marcus, the voice of Big Brother and all of the housemates who have created so many memorable moments. Most importantly, we’d like to thank fans of the show for their support over the last seven years. We look forward to giving the final series a brilliant send-off.”[25]

Twists

  • Opening Night Twist: During the Celebrity Big Brother 22 (UK) final, a quick snippet of housemates were previewed with their age and occupation. A poll was released on the official app and website. The winner of the poll will win an distinct advantage on the first night.[26]
  • Nomination Competition: As part of the series' shift towards a more competitive gameplay, this season will be having a series of challenges for the nominations where the housemates must secure their safety. The housemates with the lowest performance will be automatically nominated for eviction.
  • Power to Swap: During the very first night, whoever decides to sleep in Bed 13, would be awarded the power to swap Big Coin totals after the end of the week. The power does not have to be used.

Housemates

BB19UK Small Akeem
 
 
Akeem
BB19UK Small Anamélia
 Nominated 
 
Anamélia
BB19UK Small Brooke
 
 
Brooke
BB19UK Small Cameron
 
 
Cameron
BB19UK Small Cian
 
 
Cian
BB19UK Small Isaac
 
 
Isaac
BB19UK Small Kay
 Nominated 
 
Kay
BB19UK Small Kenaley
 
 
Kenaley
BB19UK Small Lewis F
 
 
Lewis F
BB19UK Small Lewis G
 
 
Lewis G
BB19UK Small Sîan
 Nominated 
 
Sîan
BB19UK Small Tomasz
 
 
Tomasz
BB19UK Small Zoe
 
 
Zoe
BB19UK Small Ellis
 Ejected 
 
Ellis

Tasks

Week Days Lasted Task Description Reward Result
Week 1 Days [[File:|200px]] TBA

Big Brother Bits On the Side Guests

Celebrity Big Brother 22 (UK) Celebrity Big Brother Bits on the Side Guests
# Date Guests
At Table/Segment Evictee
1 Friday, September 14, 2018 Nikki Grahame
Kate Lawler
Alex Sibley
Jon Tickle
2 Monday, September 17, 2018 James Jordan
Dan Wootton
Georgia Hairson
Judi James
3 Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Sally Morgan
Ricky Norwood
Jamie Lambert
Neda Kalantar
4 Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Laura Anderson
Bobby Norris
Rusty Lee
5 Thursday, August 20, 2018 Kirk Norcross
Casey Batchelor
Chanelle Hayes
6 Friday, September 21, 2018 London Hughes
Ben Jardine
Jenny Ryan

Big Coin History

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th
Week
1
Day 2 Sîan
326
Akeem
252
Cian
184
Lewis F
175
Kay
171
Lewis G
130
Isaac
122
Anamélia
109
Zoe
100
Cameron
97
Kenaley
90
Ellis
84
Brooke
83
Tomasz
63
Akeem
552
Kay
471
Sîan
436
Lewis G
430
Isaac
422
Zoe
400
Kenaley
390
Cian
294
Lewis F
285
Anamélia
219
Brooke
193
Tomasz
173
Cameron
97
Day 3 Akeem
552
Sîan
436
Lewis G
430
Isaac
422
Zoe
400
Kenaley
390
Kay
377
Cian
294
Lewis F
285
Brooke
193
Anamélia
175
Tomasz
173
Cameron
97
Akeem
852
Kenaley
690
Sîan
436
Lewis G
430
Isaac
422
Zoe
400
Kay
377
Cian
294
Lewis F
285
Brooke
193
Anamélia
175
Tomasz
173
Cameron
97
Day 4 Akeem
867
Kenaley
690
Sîan
436
Lewis G
430
Isaac
422
Zoe
415
Kay
377
Cian
294
Lewis F
285
Brooke
208
Tomasz
188
Anamélia
175
Cameron
112
Day 5 Akeem
467
Lewis G
430
Isaac
422
Tomasz
376
Zoe
365
Cameron
362
Brooke
358
Kenaley
345
Kay
327
Cian
294
Sîan
286
Lewis F
235
Anamélia
100
Day 6 Akeem
1167
Lewis G
780
Isaac
772
Cian
594
Tomasz
376
Lewis F
365
Brooke
458
Zoe
365
Cameron
362
Kenaley
345
Kay
327
Sîan
286
Anamélia
100
Akeem
1167
Zoe
780
Isaac
772
Cian
594
Tomasz
376
Lewis F
365
Brooke
458
Lewis G
365
Cameron
362
Kenaley
345
Kay
327
Sîan
286
Anamélia
100

Nominations History

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8
Final
Akeem 1st
1167
Anamélia 13th
100
Brooke 7th
458
Cameron 9th
362
Cian 4th
594
Isaac 3rd
772
Kay 11th
327
Kenaley 10th
345
Lewis F 6th
365
Lewis G 8th
365
Sîan 12th
286
Tomasz 5th
376
Zoe 2nd
780
Ellis  
 
Key: Nominated Saved Immune Evicted Ejected


Game History

Week 1

BB19UK Small Anamélia
 Nominated 
 
Anamélia
BB19UK Small Kay
 Nominated 
 
Kay
BB19UK Small Sîan
 Nominated 
 
Sîan
BB19UK Small Ellis
 Ejected 
 
Ellis

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

Week 8

Controversies

Template:UK19 Controversies Through their time in the house, housemates may do or say things that are not acceptable to the rules that were explained to them before they entered the house. If an action is deemed too offensive to the viewing public, a housemate can be ejected or given a warning by the producers of the show. The following housemates were involved in a breach of the rules and were either given a warning or ejection by the Big Brother producers.

Trivia

Ratings

Official Ratings

Template:UK19 Official Ratings

Overnight Ratings

Big Brother 19 (UK) Overnight Ratings
# Date Viewers
(millions)
Viewers Change
(millions)
Season Avg Viewers
(millions)
Source
1 Friday, September 14, 2018 0.905 0.905 [27]
2 Sunday, September 16, 2018 0.755 -0.150 0.830 [28]
3 Monday, September 17, 2018 0.670 -0.085 0.777 [29]
4 Tuesday, September 18, 2018 0.660 -0.010 0.748 [30]
5 Wednesday, September 19, 2018 0.700 +0.040 0.738 [31]
6 Thursday, September 20, 2018 0.740 +0.040 0.738 [32]
7 Friday, September 21, 2018
Key: Increase Decrease No Change Live Show

References

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  22. Pink Casino (11 September 2018). #cbb may be over, but you only have 3 days until #BigBrother is back on your TV screens! 👁️🎊 Which housemate are you voting to give the power to? #youdecide 18+, http://begambleaware.org @bbuk @channel5_tv. Twitter. Pink Casino. Retrieved on 11 September 2018.
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  27. Big Blagger (15 September 2018). Last nights Big Brother launch only managed 905k (6.0%) #BBUK #SaveBBUK. Retrieved on 15 September 2018.
  28. Super TV (17 September 2018). RATINGS: Last nights #BBUK averaged 755k viewers, making it the 3rd lowest Sunday rating ever, but not too drastic for a show ending at 11:30pm compared to last year which aired 9-10pm. Retrieved on 17 September 2018.
  29. Big Blagger (18 September 2018). Last nights Big Brother had 670k (5.6%) exc +1 #BBUK #SaveBBUK. Retrieved on 18 September 2018.
  30. Big Blagger (19 September 2018). Ratings! Last nights Big Brother had 660k (6.4%) exc. +1 #BBUK #SaveBBUK. Retrieved on 19 September 2018.
  31. Super TV (20 September 2018). RATINGS: In the battle of social experiments, Big Brother WINS. Last night #BBUK climbed up to 700k viewers, while #TheCircle fell to just 400k. Retrieved on 21 September 2018.
  32. Super TV (21 September 2018). RATINGS: Last nights #BBUK was the most watched this week with 740k viewers. #TheCircle climbed slightly to 450k but is still disastrous, while #CelebJuice was also a disaster returning to an all time low of 350k. Retrieved on 21 September 2018.

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