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Big Brother UK (franchise)
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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

Civilian

Series Channel Series Run Days Housemates Winner Runner-Up(s) Prize
Big Brother UK 2000
Big Brother 1
Channel 4 July 18, 2000 -
September 15, 2000
64 11
Craig Phillips
Anna Nolan
£70,000
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Big Brother 2
May 25, 2001 -
July 27, 2001
64 14
Brian Dowling
Helen Adams
£70,000
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Big Brother 3
May 24, 2002 -
July 26, 2002
64 14
Kate Lawler
Jonny Regan
£70,000
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Big Brother 4
May 23, 2003 -
July 25, 2003
64 13
Cameron Stout
Ray Shah
£70,000
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Big Brother 5
May 28, 2004 -
August 6, 2004
71 13
Nadia Almada
Jason Cowan
£63,500
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Big Brother 6
May 27, 2005 -
August 12, 2005
78 16
Anthony Hutton
Eugene Sully
£50,000
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Big Brother 7
May 18, 2006 -
August 18, 2006
93 22
Pete Bennett
Glyn Wise
£100,000
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Big Brother 8
May 30, 2007 -
August 31, 2007
94 22
Brian Belo
Amanda & Sam Marchant
£100,000
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Big Brother 9
June 5, 2008 -
September 5, 2008
93 21
Rachel Rice
Michael Hughes
£100,000
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Big Brother 10
June 4, 2009 -
September 4, 2009
93 22
Sophie Reade
Siavash Sabbaghpour
£71,320
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Big Brother 11
June 9, 2010 -
August 24, 2010
77 21
Josie Gibson
Dave Vaughan
£100,000
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Big Brother 12
Channel 5 September 9, 2011 -
November 11, 2011
64 15
Aaron Allard-Morgan
Jay McKray
£50,990
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Big Brother 13
June 5, 2012 -
August 13, 2012
70 17
Luke Anderson
Adam Kelly
£50,000
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Big Brother 14
June 13, 2013 -
August 19, 2013
68 14
Sam Evans
Dexter Koh
£100,000
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Big Brother 15
June 5, 2014 -
August 15, 2014
72 19
Helen Wood
Ashleigh Coyle
£100,000
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Big Brother 16
May 12, 2015 -
July 16, 2015
66 18
Chloe Wilburn
Joel Williams
£116,100
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Big Brother 17
June 7, 2016 -
July 26, 2016
50 19
Jason Burrill
Hughie Maughan
£70,000
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Big Brother 18
June 5, 2017 -
July 28, 2017
54 22
Isabelle Warburton
Raph Korine
£100,000
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Big Brother 19
To Be Determined

Celebrity

Series Channel Series Run Days Housemates Winner Runner-Up(s)
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Celebrity Big Brother 1
Channel
4
March 9, 2001 -
March 16, 2001
8 6
Jack Dee
Claire Sweeney
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Celebrity Big Brother 2
November 20, 2002 -
November 29, 2002
10 6
Mark Owen
Les Dennis
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Celebrity Big Brother 3
January 6, 2005 -
January 23, 2005
18 9
Bez Berry
Kenzie MacKenzie
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Celebrity Big Brother 4
January 5, 2006 -
January 27, 2006
23 11
Chantelle Houghton
Michael Barrymore
CBBUK5
Celebrity Big Brother 5
January 3, 2007 -
January 29, 2007
26 14
Shilpa Shetty
Jermaine Jackson
CBBUK6
Celebrity Big Brother 6
January 2, 2009 -
January 23, 2009
22 11
Ulrika Jonsson
Terry Christian
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Celebrity Big Brother 7
January 3, 2010 -
January 29, 2010
27 12
Alex Reid
Dane Bowers
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Celebrity Big Brother 8
Channel
5
August 18, 2011 -
September 8, 2011
22 10
Paddy Doherty
Kerry Katona
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Celebrity Big Brother 9
January 5, 2012 -
January 27, 2012
23 12
Denise Welch
Frankie Cocozza
CBBUK10
Celebrity Big Brother 10
August 15, 2012 -
September 7, 2012
24 13
Julian Clary
Coleen Nolan
CBBUK11
Celebrity Big Brother 11
January 3, 2013 -
January 25, 2013
23 11
Rylan Clark
Heidi Montag & Spencer Pratt
CBBUK12
Celebrity Big Brother 12
August 22, 2013 -
September 13, 2013
23 13
Charlotte Crosby
Abz Love Breen
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Celebrity Big Brother 13
January 3, 2014 -
January 29, 2014
27 12
Jim Davidson
Dappy Contostavlos
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Celebrity Big Brother 14
August 18, 2014 -
September 12, 2014
26 14
Gary Busey
Audley Harrison
CBBUK15
Celebrity Big Brother 15
January 7, 2015 -
February 6, 2015
31 15
Katie Price
Katie Hopkins
CBBUK16
Celebrity Big Brother 16
August 27, 2015 -
September 24, 2015
29 14
James Hill
Austin Armacost
CBBUK17
Celebrity Big Brother 17
January 5, 2016 -
February 5, 2016
32 16
Scott Timlin
Stephanie Davis
CBBUK18
Celebrity Big Brother 18
July 28, 2016 -
August 26, 2016
30 15
Stephen Bear
Ricky Norwood
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Celebrity Big Brother 19
January 3, 2017 -
February 3, 2017
32 18
Coleen Nolan
Jedward Grimes
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Celebrity Big Brother 20
August 1, 2017 -
August 25, 2017
25 15
Sarah Harding
Amelia Lily
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Celebrity Big Brother 21
January 2, 2018 -
February 2, 2018
32 16
Shane J/Courtney Act
Ann Widdecombe
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Celebrity Big Brother 22
August 16, 2018 -
September 2018
To Be Determined


Spin-Offs

Series Series Run Days Housemates Winner Runner-Up(s) Prize
Teen BB
Teen Big Brother
October 13, 2003 -
October 18, 2003
10 8
Paul Brennan
Caroline Cloke
Trip
BB Panto
Big Brother Panto
December 20, 2004 -
January 5, 2005
11 10 No Winner or Prize
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Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack
January 3, 2008 -
January 28, 2008
26 12
John Loughton
Emilia Arata
£50,000
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Ultimate Big Brother
August 24, 2010 -
September 10, 2010
18 14
Brian Dowling
Nikki Grahame
Ultimate Housemate

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