BIG Brother will return to screens in October on ITV2 and ITVX, Politicalite can exclusively reveal.
A top telly source revealed that Big Brother 20 will air in Q4 of 2023 meaning the reality juggernaut will air between October and December.
“It will be a six week run, with no Saturday episodes but will feature a nightly companion show and live streaming on ITVX.”
The news came as Politicalite revealed on Sunday that Aj Odudu’s was tipped to present the programme after her prime time appearance on ITV1 at The BRITs with two of ITV’s biggest stars – a sign the northern powerhouse presenter is set to host ITV2’s reboot.
A top telly source familiar with the Big Brother reboot at the network told Politicalite on Saturday night that her appearance at the end of The BRITs – with show host Mo Gilligan, Love Island’s host Maya Jama and The Masked Singer’s Joel Dommett was no accident – and was “to position her as one of ITV’s upcoming entertainment faces”, with an official announcement on Big Brother coming “very soon”.
“AJ has also been increasing her brand appeal and digital media exposure with a big money deal with Google.” as the face of the Pixel smartphone range.
“That sets her apart from other names approached by ITV.” the source added.
We reported in November 2022 that Aj, who is from Blackburn in the North West of England was being tipped to be in final negotiations to sign up as the presenter of hit reality juggernaut when the show returns to TV in October for the first time since 2018.
Now AJ is said to be in the running to take over as presenter with a source telling Politicalite in November: “AJ has been offered the Big Brother job and jumped at the opportunity. It’s a huge boost to her career.”
The reality juggernaut that made some of ITV’s daytime presenters the stars they are today such as Alison Hammond and Kate Lawler and Josie Gibson has been off-air for six years but is returning to TV in Autumn after bosses at ITV bought the rights and decided to reboot the series with a format believed to be closer to the original social experiment which first aired in the UK on Channel 4 back in 2000.
ITV’s flagship daytime show This Morning also aired a special segment on Friday celebrating Big Brother with narrator Marcus Bentley – BB3 winner Kate Lawler, BB5 winner Nadia Almada and BB1 legend Nasty Nick, to get viewers excited about the new series that’s set to be filmed on an airfield with a HUGE new house to take it back to its glory days.
An ITV spokesperson told Politicalite: “All suggestions surrounding the host are speculation at this stage.”
BIG BRO’s BIG COMEBACK
BIG Brother will make a triumphant return on ITV with a massive new house, Politicalite can exclusively reveal.
Britain’s most popular commercial network will build a brand spanking new house for ITV2 at Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire for the “Love Island generation” sources claimed.