Channel 5 are said to be just days away from signing a deal with Endemol which will see the return of Big Brother to the UK. The reality series, which Channel 4 axed after more than 10 years last summer, is set to return to the telly on Five after they and producers Endemol agreed the terms of the new series.
The show won't return on the same scale as did when broadcast on Big Brother, say sources, but will run for even longer than Channel 4's marathon 13-week series did. A source told The Guardian: "Endemol need the money, which is why they've done the deal, having broken it off before. Executives are now down to final details but broadly they are there."
Another source added: "Channel 5's ratings are not great and Big Brother will really help them deliver, particularly given there is nothing on the schedule or seemingly in the works to produce such numbers."
Channel 5 and Endemol declined to comment.