Big Brother is set to make a surprise return to Channel 4 after a 12-year absence… with a twist.
Bosses confirmed on Tuesday they’ll broadcast Australia’s star-studded Celebrity version on E4 next month, featuring stars including Caitlyn Jenner. Meghan Markle’s half-brother Thomas Markle Jnr, and Married at First Sight’s Jessika Power.
Big Brother UK was axed by Channel 4 back in 2010 after 11 series, with the beloved series finding a new home on Channel 5 before it was once again dropped in 2018.
It’s back! Big Brother is returning to UK screens, as E4 revealed on Tuesday they will air Australia’s Celebrity version, starring Caitlyn Jenner (pictured)
Over 11 episodes, the celebrity series will see 12 stars live together in Big Brother’s first ever ‘luxury hotel.’
As ever, things won’t be plain sailing for the stars, and plenty of twists and turns await as they compete to win a AU$100,000 prize for charity.
Leading the star-studded lineup is Caitlyn Jenner, no stranger to the world of reality TV after appearing on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! in the UK.
Anticipated: The series will also star Married At First Sight Australia’s Jessika Power, who became known to viewers when the show became a surprise hit on E4 last month
Joining her will be Married at First Sight Australia contestant Jessika Power, who became known to British viewers after the series became a surprise hit when it was broadcast on E4 last year.
Jessika has since relocated to Manchester, and she revealed earlier this mont she’s received a flirty message from TOWIE star Pete Wicks.
Thomas Markle Jr, who has never shied away from sharing his views on Meghan and her husband Prince Harry, will also appear on the show.
Coming soon! Hosted by Sonia Kruger, viewers will see the celebrities challenged by the almighty Big Brother as they spend every waking moment together
Joining him is Australian Survivor’s Luke Toki, model and actress Ellie Gonsalves, models Josh Carroll and Imogen Anthony and former Australian Football League player Dayne Beams.
Also appearing in the show are actor Bernard Curry, Big Brother Australia contestant Daniel Hayes, former National Rugby League player Matt Cooper and author and former political aide, Omarosa Manigault Newman.
Hosted by Sonia Kruger, viewers will see the celebrities challenged by the almighty Big Brother as they spend every waking moment together, compete in house tasks, nomination challenges and shocking evictions.
Coming soon: Meghan Markle’s half-brother Thomas Markle Jr, who has never shied away from sharing his views on the royal and her husband Prince Harry, will also appear on the show.
Beloved: Hosted by Davina McCall (pictured in 2006), Big Brother originally aired on Channel 4 from 2000 to 2010
Since Big Brother came to an end in 2018, fans have been calling for the series to find a new home, but the show is yet to return to UK screens.
Despite spawning a slew of international spin-offs, the UK version became the most well-known, and pulled in ratings of up to 10 million viewers at its peak.
Hosted by Davina McCall, the series originally aired on Channel 4 from 2000 to 2010, before moving to Channel 5 in 2011, when former winner Brian Dowling took over as host.
Brian was later dropped as the show’s host, with Emma Willis presenting the series until its end in 2018.
In later years, the show gained higher ratings from its Celebrity versions, with its final run sparking headlines when Roxanne Pallett falsely claimed housemate Ryan Thomas ‘punched’ her, sparking huge backlash from viewers.
Celebrity Big Brother Australia arrives on E4 from Sunday February 6th.
Star: After the show moved to Channel 5 in 2011, Emma Willis was eventually made host to replace axed Brian Dowling, before the series was dropped in 2018