C5 moves Big Brother 2017 eviction for Paul O’Grady Story

BB live show shifted to Thursday so one-off special can follow Blind Date repeat
- Posted on June 7 2017 at 07:32pm

Paul O'Grady presents Blind Date on Channel 5

Channel 5 has shifted the third eviction of Big Brother 2017 from its usual Friday night timeslot, in favour of a special about Paul O’Grady accompanying the return of Blind Date.

For the last decade, Big Brother evictions have typically aired on Fridays at 9.00pm, but bosses have switched up the schedule, at least temporarily, in the week of Blind Date’s comeback.

C5 announced a revival of the iconic gameshow earlier this year, with Paul taking over from his friend, the late Cilla Black, as its presenter – while Melanie Sykes will replace ‘Our Graham’ as its announcer.

Big Brother 2017 eye logo - 'United Kingdom of Big Brother'

Blind Date begins on Saturday 17th June at 7.00pm – a risky move for the broadcaster, which is usually reluctant to put big-ticket shows in the way of the BBC and ITV’s Saturday night entertainment war.

The first episode goes out again on Friday 23rd June at 8.00pm, but although this is only a repeat, Big Brother will not air afterwards. Instead, C5 has put a 90-minute special, ‘The Paul O’Grady Story’, at 9.00pm.

As a result, that week’s Big Brother eviction will instead take place on Thursday 22nd June, keeping its usual scheduling: a 90-minute live show from 9.00pm, Bit On The Side at 10.35pm, and a brief instalment of live feed at 11.35pm.

  • Thursday 22nd June
  • 9.00pm, C5Big Brother: Live Eviction
  • 10.35pm, C5BB’s Bit On The Side
  • 11.35pm, C5BB Live From The House
  • Friday 23rd June
  • 8.00pm, C5Blind Date (repeat)
  • 9.00pm, C5The Paul O’Grady Story
  • 10.30pm, C5Big Brother
  • 11.30pm, C5BB’s Bit On The Side

BB will now air a regular highlights episode on Friday 23rd at the later time of 10.30pm, followed by a shorter 45-minute edition of Bit On The Side at 11.30pm.

bbspy approached Channel 5 to confirm whether or not this is a one-off change, but it did not respond by the time of publication.

However, it is highly unlikely that Big Brother evictions will permanently shift from Fridays due to planning restrictions.

Hertsmere Borough Council, the local authority at Big Brother’s Elstree Studios base in Borehamwood, limits the show to a maximum of 32 live events per year, of which only 14 can be held midweek.

The majority of the midweek events are reserved for the Celebrity version, which holds two evictions per week due to its shorter series lengths.

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