No reality television shows in the UK have ever come close to the might and joy provided by Big Brother – and we say that as ardent rewatchers of Pete’s PA, Totally Scott-Lee, and Joan Does Glamour. Big Brother had a long and much-loved run on British television between 2000-2010 on Channel 4 and from 2011-2018 on Channel Five. That’s not to mention the twenty-two seasons of Celebrity Big Brother that ran between both networks. The joyous legacy of Big Brother’s Channel 4 years is being celebrated in a new E4 show titled Big Brother: Best Shows Ever airing for ten nights from Sunday the 14th of June onwards.
The freshly released trailer for the show promises iconic moments that will be revisited including the downfall of Nasty Nick, Jackie Stallone’s infamous entrance, George Galloway and Rula Lenska’s feline escapades, Nikki Grahame’s “Who is she?” rant, and numerous other iconic delights. We’re guided through the show by original presenter Davina McCall and Rylan Clark-Neal with appearances from Emma Willis and Dermot O’Leary.
Channel 4’s interest in Big Brother has us excited at the prospect of the format being revived – with The Netherlands and Australia both successfully bringing the format back. Of course this is obviously an easy way to fill in the scheduling gaps that have been left by the COVID-19 pandemic – but we can’t help but dream that if this is successful, it could kickstart a new era of BBUK.
Watch Big Brother: Best Shows Ever from Sunday at 9pm on E4.