Big Brother bosses searching for 'unknown housemates' for this year's series

Celebrity Big Brother Summer 2017

Big Brother producers say they're hunting for 'new faces' to appear inn this year's series.

While Big Brother typically launched in June on Channel 5, this year's show has been pushed back.

Celebrity Big Brother is instead kicking off the summer series, launching next week on August 17.

Big Brother is expected to begin at the end of September, for potentially its last ever series.

In part of a big revamp, Paul Osborne is joining as creative director having previously worked on the show between 2005 and 2008 when it aired on Channel 4.

Speaking to BBSpy, Paul revealed that the show's team were actively trying to find 'complete unknowns' for the non-celebrity series.

Recent series have included familiar faces that had already appeared on reality TV, including shows such as Ibiza Weekender and Ex On The beach.

It was also announced that the upcoming Big Brother would have a completely separate identity from the upcoming Celebrity Big Brother and it's 'eye of the storm' theme.

Sources previously claimed that the 2018 run would see a 'back to basics' refresh.

An insider told the Daily Star on Sunday that the series will ditch "manipulative tasks" and allow drama to unfold "naturally".

They explained: "They want it to be a true social experiment because they realise they have lost that element along the way."

One thing not cleared up yet is the future of the show.

Currently both Celebrity Big Brother and Big Brother are set to end their current contracts with Channel 5 at the end of 2018.

The channel has yet to announce its decision on whether or not to renew the contract.

Although reports have claimed the shows will be dropped, a spokesperson for Channel 5 said: "The situation remains unchanged; Big Brother is currently contracted until the end of the year, there’s no update on future series beyond 2018."

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