The release date for Celebrity Big Brother UK series 18 — July 28, 2016
This article has the most up-to-date info on the status of Celebrity Big Brother UK Series 18 as we continuously monitor the news to keep you in the know. Channel 5 has scheduled the premiere date for a new season for July 28, 2016.
Series` history and concept
Celebrity Big Brother UK is a British television reality game series broadcast on Channel 5 since March 9, 2001. It is based on a Dutch show named Big Brother that`s been on the air since 1997. The current seventeenth series of Celebrity Big Brother UK has premiered on January 5, 2016. Throughout its history the British series has aired on Channel 4, BBC One and Channel 5. It is currently narrated by Marcus Bentley and Emma Willis.
A group of celebrity housemates stay in an isolated house under video surveillance with personal microphones attached for the duration of their stay. Two housemates are mandatorily nominated by other participants for eviction and one is then voted off the show by the television audience and evicted. Saving a housemate is also in the viewers` power. There are weekly tasks for the housemates to perform, which sometimes require them to collaborate, as well as secret tasks for individual housemates. The social experiment requires the contestants to learn to deal with people who might not have a lot of common with them to begin with. Celebrity Big Brother is a controversial program, with issues of racism, bullying and fighting constantly arising. Another issue that`s ben raised recently is that of some of the old rules being broken by the participants – i.e., the no contacts with the outside world rule.
Ratings and renewal prospects
The series has made a successful entry on screen long ago, and has been popular ever since, attracting a lot of publicity and media coverage. The viewership has actually declined over the years from 5.2 million for series 1 to 2 million viewers for the last completed series 16. However, the current 17th series, airing on Channel 5 in January 2016, is making a nice comeback with record ratings of 3.1 million viewers average per episode and an 11.4% share of the audience.
Channel 5 has announced that the deal with Endemol, the program production company, has been officially renewed through at least 2018. The new contract includes two cycles of Celebrity Big Brother per year, as well as one series of Big Brother. Celebrity Bg Brother addicts can relax for a while – they will surely be getting their fix for three more years! There have been rumors of the series being moved to a different time slot, but nothing has been confirmed, so please stay tuned for further developments.
UPDATED July 15, 2016: Traditionally Celebrity Big Brother begins the broadcast of a new series as soon as regular Big Brother comes to a close. This year is no different, and on Thursday, July 28, 2016, two days after Big Brother series finale airs, the celeb edition will kick off. The cast for the upcoming series has not been revealed yet, although rumors have it that Lil Kim, Helen Flanagan, Nigel Farage and Lady Colin Campbell might participate this season. SIgn up for our automatic updates and receive a reminder one day prior to the premiere.