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Big Brother UK (franchise)
BBUK 18 Eye
Country United Kingdom
Language(s) English
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.

Civilian Series

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.

Celebrity Version

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.

Civilian Series

History

Celebrity Version

History

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, 2016 July 28,2017 54 22 Isabelle Warburton Raph Korine £100,000


Celebrity Big Brother (UK) Seasons
Series Channel Launch Date Final Date Days Housemates Winner Runner-Up
Celebrity Big Brother 1 Channel
4
March 9, 2001 March 16, 2001 8 6 Jack Dee Claire Sweeney
Celebrity Big Brother 2 November 20, 2002 November 29, 2002 10 6 Mark Owen Les Dennis
Celebrity Big Brother 3 January 6, 2005 January 23, 2005 18 9 Bez Berry Kenzie MacKenzie
Celebrity Big Brother 4 January 5, 2006 January 27, 2006 23 11 Chantelle Houghton Michael Barrymore
Celebrity Big Brother 5 January 3, 2007 January 29, 2007 26 14 Shilpa Shetty Jermaine Jackson
Celebrity Big Brother 6 January 2, 2009 January 23, 2009 22 11 Ulrika Jonsson Terry Christian
Celebrity Big Brother 7 January 3, 2010 January 29, 2010 27 12 Alex Reid Dane Bowers
Celebrity Big Brother 8 Channel
5
August 18, 2011 September 8, 2011 22 10 Paddy Doherty Kerry Katona
Celebrity Big Brother 9 January 5, 2012 January 27, 2012 23 12 Denise Welch Frankie Cocozza
Celebrity Big Brother 10 August 15, 2012 September 7, 2012 24 13 Julian Clary Coleen Nolan
Celebrity Big Brother 11 January 3, 2013 January 25, 2013 23 11 Rylan Clark Speidi
Celebrity Big Brother 12 August 22, 2013 September 13, 2013 23 13 Charlotte Crosby Abz Love Breen
Celebrity Big Brother 13 January 3, 2014 January 29, 2014 27 12 Jim Davidson Dappy Contostavlos
Celebrity Big Brother 14 August 18, 2014 September 12, 2014 26 14 Gary Busey Audley Harrison
Celebrity Big Brother 15 January 7, 2015 February 6, 2015 31 15 Katie Price Katie Hopkins
Celebrity Big Brother 16 August 27, 2015 September 24, 2015 29 14 James Hill Austin Armacost
Celebrity Big Brother 17 January 5, 2016 February 5, 2016 32 16 Scott Timlin Stephanie Davis
Celebrity Big Brother 18 July 28, 2016 August 26, 2016 30 15 Stephen Bear Ricky Norwood
Celebrity Big Brother 19 January 3, 2017 February 3, 2017 32 18 Coleen Nolan Jedward Grimes
Celebrity Big Brother 20 August 1st, 2017 August 25th, 2017 25 15 Sarah Harding Amelia Lily


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

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