Big Brother Recommissioned For Another 3 Years
Good news for BB fans: Channel 4 have recommissioned one
of your favourite TV shows for an additional three years.
The broadcaster's contract with programme makers Endemol
has been re-negotiated several times over the years. In fact,
the last time these negotiations took place the show was set
to run until 2007.
However, after this latest round of talks it will definitely
be screened on Channel 4 for at least eleven series/ until
We've been saying for a while that the show could run for
ten series if the public still wanted to continue watching
it; well, they obviously do as the Finale of Big Brother 7
was watched by a whopping 8 Million viewers.
That equates to around 45% of the people watching TV at the
time, so clearly Big Brother is still big. This is despite
inevitable groans from all those people who claim that they
don't watch BB yet seem to know all about it by the end of
the summer. You know who you are!
About the latest deal, Channel 4's commissioning editor Angela
Jain said, "Channel 4 is the spiritual home of Big Brother.
It remains the ultimate reality format and continues to deliver
dramatic, innovative viewing as one of the UK's most talked-about
Indeed, the show is always the talk of homes and offices
around the country and if Channel 4 were to relinquish the
format, it would undoubtedly be snapped-up by a rival broadcaster
such as ITV.
So, Big Brother continues to go from strength-to-strength
and the only thing that we could really criticise BB7 for
was the fact that, to us, the series was a bit too long.
In our post-BB7 Poll, fans (doubtless pining for the show)
indicated that the series should have been even longer than
13 weeks. However, in reality, people were getting a bit exhausted
towards the end of the series.
Frankly, as much as they enjoy following BB throughout the
summer, many fans want to watch other TV programmes, go on
holiday or just get on with their lives.
So, we recommend that the producers return to a 9, 10 or
11-week series from Big Brother 8 onwards. Indeed, Channel
4 have already hinted to BBO that they'll be taking our advice
into account over this issue.
Anyway, that's your next few summers' TV viewing accounted-for!
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