Big Brother looks likely to keep its outdoor setup at Elstree Studios for future series after bosses applied for planning permission to keep it in place.
Last summer, production company Endemol failed to secure the George Lucas Stage at the Borehamwood compound, which it had used to house all of its facilities – including studio sets – for most of the Channel 4 series.
Instead, they opted to create a new ‘production village’ for the Channel 5 revival, by installing 30 portacabins around the house, as well as a permanent outdoor set for the live shows.
However, it now appears that the show won’t move back, as executives have submitted an application to local authority Hertsmere Borough Council seeking to keep the portacabins in place for another three years.
Meanwhile, it has emerged that BBC One’s new talent show The Voice UK – created by John De Mol, the man behind the Big Brother format – has booked a stage in the Lucas building for its live shows, which will begin in May, around the same time the next series of BB launches.
Despite the lengthy planning application, Channel 5 has yet to officially announce a renewal of its Big Brother contract, which will expire this summer.