Big Brother's back: How the reality show reboot will look, who's hosting and who'll be in the house

Big Brother will return on Sunday, October 8. Credit: ITV

Words by Rachel Dixon, Multimedia Producer

Do you want another one? Well, Big Brother fans, the wait is finally over.

Reality series Big Brother will hit screens on ITV on Sunday night, after it was axed by Channel 5 amid a ratings slump in 2018.

From 'Nasty' Nick and 'punch-gate', to 'David's dead' and Kim Woodburn's spat with Jamie O’Hara, the show has created some of the most controversial and memorable moments of British TV history.

Nikki Grahame in the Big Brother House in 2015. Credit: PA

In the UK, Big Brother first aired on Channel 4 and ran for a total of 11 series, along with seven series of Celebrity Big Brother, and a final special edition series entitled Ultimate Big Brother.

The show subsequently aired for a further eight series on Channel 5, with an additional 15 celebrity series, before going on hiatus in 2018.

The upcoming 2023 series on ITV2 and ITVX will mark the first time Big Brother returns to UK screens in almost five years.

Winner Ryan Thomas leaves the house during the live final of Celebrity Big Brother. Credit: PA

'Who is she?' The show's new hosts and cast members

The revival will see TV stars AJ Odudu and Will Best follow in the footsteps of former Big Brother presenters Davina McCall, Emma Willis, and Brian Dowling, who all presented the popular programme during its 18-year run.

But if this announcement has got you wondering "who is she?" as Nikki Grahame famously did in the diary room, then here's a bit of background.

AJ Odudu and Will Best present the new Big Brother series. Credit: PA

Odudu is Big Brother alumni and previously hosted the bonus show, 'Big Brother's Bit On the Side', with Rylan Clarke in 2013.

Her co-presenter Will Best is best known for being on T4, Channel 4's weekly music show.

While the contestants have not been announced yet, ITV has promised "a new cast of carefully selected housemates, from all walks of life".

Day one in the Big Brother House - how launch night will play out

The show will launch on Sunday, October 8 at 9pm on ITV1, ITV2 and ITVX.

Viewers will see the new housemates arrive at the famous destination in front of a live studio audience. 

The Big Brother House has also been given a "contemporary new look" but let's hope it doesn't leave stars feeling "claustrophobic", like 2016 favourite Gemma Collins.

The shows and a return of an old favourite

The tasks, nominations and live evictions will all return.

The public will once again play a crucial role, voting throughout the series and ultimately determining the winner, who will walk away with a life-changing cash prize. 

Gemma Collins arrives at the start of the latest series of Celebrity Big Brother in 2016. Credit: PA

Big Brother will be followed each night by Big Brother: Late & Live - a new show hosted by Odudu and Best from the site of the Big Brother house in front of a studio audience.

The Big Brother: Live Stream also makes its return to screens, airing seven nights a week exclusively on ITVX.

Emma Willis presents live from outside the Big Brother House in Elstree. Credit: PA

While the 24/7 live feed will not run in the way it did from 2000 until 2018, ITV has confirmed footage from in the house “will be live streamed into the small hours every night on ITV after the Big Brother companion show.”

Big Brother: The Launch airs Sunday 8th October at 9pm on ITV1, ITV2 and ITVX.

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