Big Brother, we’re not watching you: TV show dropped
Big Brother has been dropped by Channel 5, almost two decades after the show first appeared on British TV.
The final series will begin on Friday, although there remains the possibility that the production company Endemol Shine could convince another British channel to buy the rights.
The announcement follows the conclusion of the recent controversial series of Celebrity Big Brother, in which contestants made racist remarks and were criticised over past accusations of sexual misconduct. The programme also drew thousands of complaints to the regulator Ofcom over the actions of the actor Roxanne Pallett.
“The forthcoming series of Big Brother will be the last, of either celebrity or civilian versions, on Channel 5,” said the broadcaster.
Big Brother was first shown in the UK on Channel 4 in 2000. It was an immediate ratings success and heralded a new era in reality TV, creating a host of stars famous for nothing more than appearing on the programme.
Ratings fell towards the end of its Channel 4 run and in 2011 Channel 5, then owned by Richard Desmond, signed a contract with Endemol to acquire the programme.
In recent years the show has been overshadowed in both ratings and press coverage by ITV2’s Love Island.