Big Brother 2017 extended to at least 52 days in latest schedule

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Big Brother 2017's upcoming series has been extended to at least 52 days in the latest schedule.

It comes after last week's original schedule revealed the show would only last for 40 days - making it the shortest series ever.

Channel 5 previously confirmed the launch date of the Big Brother for Monday, June 5 at 9PM.

The schedule details at the time also showed that the series was being billed as 40 episodes long, which at one a day would make it the shortest run ever.

However Channel 5 said that the length of the series was not set in stone and could change, and that has indeed happened.

Newly released info puts the series at 52 episodes long, although of course this could easily change again.

Big Brother's runs on Channel 5 have become ever shorter in recent years, with last year's the shortest yet at 50 days. 2015's show ran for 66 days while 2014's series was the longest ever on Channel 5 at 72 days long.

When it was on Channel 4, BBUK often aired for more than 90 days; the longest ever series is Big Brother 8 in 2007 which was won by Brian Belo after 94 days on air.

Of course, Channel 5 also airs a summer Celebrity Big Brother which arguably makes up for the shorter 'civilian' BBUK series.

Meanwhile, while Big Brother gets shorter, ITV2's Love Island is reportedly set to get longer.

Season 3 is being tipped to be the longest yet at eight weeks, although of course this could also change as the series progresses.

Both shows kick off on Monday, June 5. Big Brother begins at 8:30PM on Channel 5 and Love Island starts at 9PM on ITV2.

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