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Big Brother Will Not Return To Channel 4 In January

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Blimey; this is becoming a habit!

Last Friday, on the day of the 'Ultimate Big Brother' Final, we reported-slash-suggested that Big Brother wasn't moving to Channel 5, and that talks of a move were effectively dead in the water. Now, we're refuting the suggestion the show is set to remain on Channel 4 for one more celebrity series, as reported in a tabloid newspaper yesterday.

Commenting on the newspaper article in question, a spokesperson for Channel 4 told Big Brother Online today: "Contrary to reports, Celebrity Big Brother will not be returning to Channel 4 in January 2011". This is the official line, and not speculation on our behalf or some kind-of insider talk.

To be frank, it would have more than a little ridiculous if Channel 4 had kept the show going, given that a year ago they gave reasons for dropping it, and last week had a mock funeral and said farewell to it.

However, during Friday night's Finale show, right at the end of a final montage featuring contestant quotes from the show's ten-year history, fans were shown the bewinged BB11/ UBB Diary Room chair and Channel 4 played the phrase: 'Big Brother will get back to you'.

This fuelled speculation that the show is set to come back; indeed, fans who already disbelieved the aforementioned BBO article, because they don't want to let the show go, thought it was Channel 4's way of handing the baton to Five (thereby promoting a rival TV channel = unlikely).

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It is understood, however, that the production team were just signing-off with one of Big Brother (the entity's) catchphrases. In other words, there was no hidden meaning.

If that's the case, it would perhaps have been better if they'd ended the show with the original Big Brother housemates singing: 'It's only a gameshow, it's only a gameshow'. That's what the BB1 bunch did whenever someone was evicted, hence the reason Nick Bateman had it printed on his shirt when he entered the Ultimate Big Brother House.

That would have been a clever way of effectively saying to fans: 'It's the end but don't get too downhearted; it's only a show, after all'.

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