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Here are the channels that could save Big Brother

Thursday 22nd November 2018
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OK, we admit it; we’re still mourning Big Brother.

And today's news that the house has been torn down has cut us to the core.

The last ever (probably) series of the UK’s most infamous reality show came to an end on Channel 5 in early November, with a teary goodbye from hosts Emma Willis and Rylan Clark-Neal.

Fans who had stuck with the show ever since its conception were gutted to be waving farewell to the format once again (remember when it was literally buried on Channel 4?), but some hope was given by the tabloids who claimed Endemol were in talks with a number of different broadcasters to revive the show once more.

So who could save BBUK and bring it back from the grave? Here are the top contenders…

Netflix

The biggest surprise, but said to be the frontrunners when it comes to bringing BB back is the world’s biggest streaming service, Netflix. Just imagine if they won the rights to the British show.

They’d not only be able to bring new seasons to viewers, but put up the entire back catalogue of all the years gone by – both celebrity and civilian – providing hundreds of hours of content for super fans.

It would be an incredible move and most certainly see BBUK refreshed for a modern-day audience. With news that Netflix has picked up The Circle in different territories following its UK series on Channel 4, this doesn’t seem as impossible a move as it once would have done.

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ITVBe

Earlier this year, it was reported that ITV had entered the bidding war for production company Endemol Shine. Not only responsible for Big Brother, but other successful shows including Peaky Blinders and MasterChef, the network is said to have offered £3 billion for the company.

If that is the case, we see no reason they’d stop Big Brother from making its way back to viewers, just in time for its 20th anniversary in 2020.

ITV released a statement however, saying that they had "no current intention of making a bid for Endemol Shine Group." That would lay that to rest, if of course ITV hadn’t said “current” in their comments. Who’s to say their minds won’t be changed in the future?

Amazon Prime Video

Another streaming platform that could pick up Big Brother and give the show another chance is Amazon Prime Video. The service is constantly looking for unique content that will give it the edge over its heavy-hitting streamer rivals, and what better way to do exactly that than to bring in the most recognisable reality show on the planet?

If Endemol also arranged a deal for Amazon to bring on other country’s versions of the show – such as the hugely popular series in both the United States of America and Canada – they could be picking up a very sweet deal indeed.

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