British commercial broadcaster Channel 5 has confirmed that it is bringing back reality format Big Brother after striking a deal with Endemol.
The broadcaster has inked a two year deal with the international producer and distributor. It will launch a celebrity version of the series later this summer, produced by Initial, followed by a new series featuring ordinary contestants.
The show previously aired on rival network Channel 4. It has aired 19 different versions across 81 territories since its launch.
Jeff Ford, director of programmes Channel 5, said: “We’re hugely excited to have secured the return of Big Brother for Channel 5 which will form a key part of this year’s schedule. The series has previously captivated a decade of television viewers and we aim to bring, Channel 5’s energy, optimism and vibrancy to the series.”