Confirmed: Big Brother to start on August 18 on Channel 5

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Channel 5 has confirmed this morning that the new series of Big Brother will start on August 18. The show will kick off with a short celebrity version, lasting around 3-4 weeks, before moving into a full 'normal' Big Brother for a further 8-10 weeks, with a final due in November.

A 90 minute launch show will air from 9PM, followed by new spin off Bit On The Side straight after.

The new series of Big Brother comes a little under a year since the final series finished on Channel 4 after it axed the show after more than a decade on the box.

Channel 5 have vowed to take the show back to basics for the latest series, which will be hosted by former Big Brother winner Brian Dowling.

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“I am so excited about this opportunity to host one of the most talked about shows on TV," Brian said.

"It is 10 years since I won Big Brother so what better way to celebrate and mark that anniversary than to be asked to host the new series.

"It’s on a new channel and a fresh start for the show that has kept the nation entertained for 11 years and I am so excited, to be a part of it!”

Meanwhile Emma Willis has been named as the host of new spin-off show Big Brother's Bit On The Side, which will air five days a week after the main show.

"I’m so happy that Big Brother is back on our screens!" Emma raved, "I’m such a massive fan of the show so I’m over the moon that I’ve been asked to be a part of it. I can’t wait to get stuck in!."

Jeff Ford, Channel 5 Director of Programmes said: “We’re hugely excited to have secured the return of Big Brother for Channel 5 which will form a key part of this year’s schedule. The series has previously captivated a decade of television viewers and we aim to bring, Channel 5’s energy, optimism and vibrancy to the series.”

Tim Hincks, Chief Executive Officer of Endemol UK, added: “Big Brother has a passionate and loyal fan base in the UK and I’m delighted it has found a new home on Channel 5. Ten years on it’s as potent and cutting edge as ever and it’s still one of the only truly multiplatform entertainment brands.”

Celebrity Big Brother starts on Channel 5 on August 18.

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