Big Brother 2016 to be 'relaunched' this summer

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Channel 5 are set to "relaunch" Big Brother this summer when the show airs its seventeenth series.

Having aired for more than 15 years now, show bosses are said to be planning its biggest revamp yet.

Channel 5 confirmed earlier this month at the Broadcast Indie Summit (via BBUK24/7) that this summer would see a "relaunching" of the format.

It's set to be part of C5's wider improvement plans which have already seen new logos and branding, a new on demand service and plans for a Freeview HD channel.

Speaking last year, Channel 5's Director of Programmes Ben Frow vowed to take a look at the format and said the new series this year would be "very different"

Talking at Broadcast magazine’s Commissioning Forum event in London, he said at the time: “Big Brother 2016 is going to be very different to what you’ve seen before. I am going to take a big look at it.”

The biggest change to the new series will be a brand new house which will undergo its biggest transformation since first moving to Elstree Studios in North London a decade ago.

Planning permission was granted by the local last week for an extension to add a new garden and building to the set, as well as the construction of a new eviction studio and outdoor staging area.

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While some documents have labelled the extension a 'second house', rumour has it will instead be a so-called 'task arena'.

Casting for Big Brother 2016 began last month with the full line up of housemates still in the process of being selected ahead of a launch in June.

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