Big Brother 2018 to see big changes for new summer series

Emma Willis (Big Brother UK)

There will be some big changes when Big Brother 2018 airs this summer.

Amid ongoing speculation over the show's future, the upcoming 'civilian' series is set for a major overhaul.

Bit On The Side host Rylan Clark-Neal confirmed that there "are changes coming", and suggested the show could go back to its roots.

The former CBB winner explained: “I think it’s time to make Big Brother what it was.

“I’ve always had one­ ­million per cent faith in the format and that it can be the greatest show on telly.”

Rylan Clark-Neal
Picture shows: Presenter Rylan Clark-Neal

While exact plans for summer's Big Brother remain unconfirmed, Peter Salmon - Big Brother programme maker Endemol's Chief Creative Officer - was quoted as saying that Big Brother would definitely be getting a face lift in 2018.

"Big Brother has got to last. You have to roll your sleeves up and renew it for a different generation," he explained. “It is having a tougher ­competitive time in the UK but it’s huge around the world.

Love Island has been ­sensational. If Big Brother is not on top form, we have to keep changing it.”

The Sun reports that as part of the revamps, Paul Osborne is joining as creative director.

He was previously series editor and executive producer on Big Brother between 2005 and 2008 when it aired on Channel 4.

“The series is Channel 5’s biggest rated show and everyone is working hard to ensure it returns with a bang in the summer," a source told the tabloid. “Paul is thrilled to be joining the team again and can’t wait to get his teeth back into recreating the true essence of Big Brother.”

A spokesperson for Big Brother makers Endemol Shine UK confirmed: “As with any long-running series, creative leadership changes regularly.

“It’s great to have such an experienced and brilliant creative director working on the summer series.”

Rylan Clark-Neal and Emma Willis
Rylan Clark-Neal and Emma Willis

You can apply now to become a housemate on Big Brother 2018 here.

As for those axe rumours, Rylan said: "If it didn’t come back I would be utterly devastated."

“I can’t imagine TV without Big Brother," Rylan told The Sun newspaper. “I’d love to see it make 20 years — of course I would."

Big Brother will air on Channel 5 in the summer.

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