Channel 5 signs new two-year Big Brother contract

Posted on April 3 2012 at 11:39am by Matt Scott
Channel 5 signs new two-year Big Brother contract

Channel 5 has announced that it has signed a new two-year deal with Endemol for Big Brother, keeping the show on air until at least 2014.

The broadcaster moved to extend their contract after their revival of the format experienced ratings success, with last year’s Celebrity Big Brother launch becoming C5′s highest rated ‘commissioned show’ ever.

Their first two Celebrity series averaged three million viewers each, while last summer’s normal run attracted 1.7million viewers and a 54% increase in its timeslots among the key 16-34 year old audience.

Brian Dowling will continue to host the live main shows on C5, while Emma Willis will return with her popular spin-off show Bit On The Side on C5 and 5*.

Jeff Ford, C5′s Director of Programmes said: “We’re hugely excited to have secured the return of Big Brother for Channel 5 which will continue to form a key part our programming schedule.

“The show so far has captivated the energy and vibrancy of the channel and we are looking forward to continuing this successful relationship.”

Nick Samwell-Smith, Creative Director of Endemol subsidiary Initial added: “We are delighted with the success of Big Brother on Channel 5. The show continues to thrive and I’m thrilled to be renewing our partnership with the channel for another two years.”

It is unclear how many series are included in the new deal, but C5 has confirmed that another Celeb BB will air after the upcoming public run, which begins in May.

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32 comments on this article

  1. Etasham Hussain says:
    Thu 24 May | Reply !

    this years series begins in MAY?!! what? really.. thats not good, i have exams, it usually begins in June!!

  2. Matt says:
    Thu 24 May | Reply

    @Etasham Hussain
    Confirmed on Bit On The Side during Celebrity in January. Probably to do with the fact that the Olympics are on in July, and with Britain’s Got Talent on earlier this year it’s a wise move really!

  3. Joe Singleton says:
    Thu 24 May | Reply !

    “Emma Willis will return with her popular spin-off show Bit On The Side”

    It’s not very popular :grin:

  4. Joe Singleton says:
    Thu 24 May | Reply !

    Why are they keeping Brian; he is extremely unpopular as a presenter?

  5. BBLF says:
    Thu 24 May | Reply !

    Sorry to hear that C5 are putting profits before entertainment and quality.
    If they continue in the same way as last year without any decent lvefedd
    which is the main point to the show around the world then its over for many of us.
    Populat spin off show BOTS,don’t make me laugh,live feed pulled in more viewers on most occasions
    C5 need to step up and listen to us or its over this time for good
    Good luck C5 you are going to need it

  6. Joe Singleton says:
    Thu 24 May | Reply !

    @BBLF I completely agree :up:

  7. CH5BBUK says:
    Thu 24 May | Reply !

    WOOHOO YAY :grin: Iam so glad they have signed a new contract :grin:

    Lets hope theres Live Feed 24/7 or when they are awake :grin:

  8. dinks says:
    Thu 24 May | Reply !

    YAY YIPEEEE cant wait we can never have to much bb or cbb :grin: hope we have live feed not when their asleep but from when they get up till they go to sleep please channel 5 :heart:

  9. CH5BBUK says:
    Thu 24 May | Reply !

    I agree :grin: people would be more happy if they hed Live Feed from when they wake up until they go to sleep :grin:

    I hed a dream that it was sunday and Big Brother started and it was this month when it started. Then I woke up and realised it wont start until May lol

    Cant wait to watch BB and CBB :grin:

  10. Brekkie says:
    Thu 24 May | Reply !

    Big Brother will remain shit for the next three years then.

    I’d have thought C5 would hold back to see how the summer series rates as the main series actually struggled around the 1.2m mark last year and despite the C5 spin on things their primetime ratings were down thanks to Big Brother messing up the schedule.

  11. ben says:
    Thu 24 May | Reply !

    yes yes yes so happy

  12. Courtney says:
    Thu 24 May | Reply !

    Actually, Big Brother 2011 rated an average of 1.7m viewers, and for the first time for a long time for Five, brought in consistent advertising revenue. Looking at how 5 have rated recently, Big Brother ratings were on par, if not higher, than usual.

    If BB didn’t deliver for Five, they wouldn’t have renewed it.

  13. Andy says:
    Thu 24 May | Reply !

    i still think that emma should be the host of BB not Bit on the side

  14. Courtney says:
    Thu 24 May | Reply !

    I’ve always thought that. But I don’t really mind.

  15. CH5BBUK says:
    Thu 24 May | Reply !

    Celebrity Big Brother: Model Jakki Degg ‘signed up’

    Other celebs among the early housemate rumours include ex-News of the World journalist Paul McMullen, Swedish footballer Freddie Ljungberg, Bachelor star Carianne Barrow and controversial journalist and TV producer Samantha Brick.

  16. CH5BBUK says:
    Thu 24 May | Reply !

    The only people I have heard of out of the list is Carianne Barrow and Samantha Brick but no idea who the others are lol

    Lets hope they bring entertainment to CBB :grin:

  17. BRING BACK BBLB says:
    Thu 24 May | Reply !

    Bit on the side is CRAP I like Emma Willis and all that. But BBLB was far better change the name bring it back make it like the good old days and air it before the main show. Totally agree that Brain is rubbish at presenting it doesn’t have the same feel. :tongue:

  18. dinks says:
    Thu 24 May | Reply !

    what date in may does our lives begin does anyone know .april is going to be soooooooooo long i am so excited :happy: :heart:

  19. CH5BBUK says:
    Thu 24 May | Reply !

    Big Brother voice over Marcus Bentley tweeted that he doesnt know weather Big Brother starts in May or June. But I hope its in May but I dont know when in May but we all will know soon :grin:

  20. JD says:
    Thu 24 May | Reply !

    Why have you not updated in a while? Your getting lazy like InsideBB did before closed :down:

  21. CH5BBUK says:
    Thu 24 May | Reply !

    It also says

    Comedian Julian Clary and Coronation Street legend Julie Goodyear are in negotiations. Producers are also lining up three big U.S. names for the house.

    Hope this is true :grin:

  22. Kez says:
    Thu 24 May | Reply !

    Any news BB Spy ???????????????????? :shock:

  23. Matt says:
    Thu 24 May | Reply

    We’re working on refreshing the layout slightly for the new series – normal service will resume shortly!

    In the meantime follow us on Twitter ( or Facebook ( for updates.

    Failing that, I see @CH5BBUK is doing a good job :D

  24. BBLF says:
    Thu 24 May | Reply !

    It seems that C5 have learnt nothing about the show BB at all,the word is that they are happy with the social media Facebook etc and have no plans to show live feed.
    Looks like many of us will be watching BBAUS instead.
    Good luck and hope those that do stick with C5 have a good series
    but for me its over until live feed is restored.

  25. CH5BBUK says:
    Thu 24 May | Reply !

    Thankyou Matt :D you do a great job with your BB website :grin:

    Your BB and CBB website is better then Channel 5′s and it looks like you put alot of time into making it look right. whereas it looks like Channel 5 put 5 minutes into theirs lol :grin:

  26. CH5BBUK says:
    Thu 24 May | Reply !

    Celebrity Big Brother: ‘Mario Balotelli WAG Holly Henderson in talks’

    Celebrity Big Brother is reportedly in talks with a WAG who had an affair with Manchester City footballer Mario Balotelli.

    According to the Daily Star, insiders are hoping that Holly Henderson, who is a second cousin of Wayne Rooney, will have a similar appeal to Natasha Giggs in the last series.

  27. CH5BBUK says:
    Thu 24 May | Reply !

    Who its not true as Holly isnt a Celebrity and hope they get Celebrities that everyone knows :grin:

  28. CH5BBUK says:
    Thu 24 May | Reply !

    Is it true that Big Brother starts on 7th June? :grin:

  29. CH5BBUK says:
    Thu 24 May | Reply !

    Does anyone have a clip of BB Marco and his mum falling down at the same time on stage after he left the BB house? XD

  30. Az says:
    Thu 24 May | Reply !

    it clearly doesn’t begin in May.

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