E4 to air Big Brother: Best Shows Ever this June
Staff Reporter | On 09, Jun 2020
E4 will air Big Brother: Best Shows Ever this June in a fortnight celebrating the 20th anniversary of the reality TV show.
Big Brother launched on 18th July 2000 on Channel 4, presented by Davina McCall. Locking up contestants in a house filled with video cameras, it introduced us to lockdown telly long before the coronavirus pandemic. It was a hit, running for 11 seasons and prompting a spin-off, Celebrity Big Brother. After it ended in 2010, Channel 5 kept the show going from 2011 to 2018.
Now, E4 is readying to bring back the show for a full-on retrospective – and it’s got Big Brother royalty in to help. Davina McCall and Rylan Clark-Neal will front the two-week series, joined by Dermot O’Leary and Emma Willis, who will be making special (virtual) appearances.
For the very first time on TV, all four Big Brother presenting icons will join together (virtually) to share their thoughts on some of the juiciest and most memorable episodes of the show. Dermot and Emma will join Davina and Rylan in the show’s first episode and contribute to additional episodes throughout the run.
Dermot O’Leary who hosted Big Brother’s companion show on Channel 4, Big Brother’s Little Brother from 2001 – 2008, said: “Just under 20 years ago I started working on a show named Big Brother. 20 years on, it’s still one of the most talked about reality shows of all time, and I’m so excited to take a walk down memory lane and come together with Davina, Rylan and Emma to reminisce.”
Big Brother: Best Shows Ever will premiere at 9pm on Sunday 14th June on E4 and will broadcast for two weeks on Sunday to Thursday nights, with 10 75-minute episodes in total.
Here’s a teaser trailer:
E4 to repeat classic Big Brother episodes this summer
13th May 2020
This summer, E4 is bringing back Big Brother – sort of – as it celebrates the 20th anniversary of the show.
The daddy of all reality TV, Big Brother launched on 18th July 2000 on Channel 4, presented by Davina McCall. Locking up contestants in a house filled with video cameras, it introduced us to lockdown telly long before the coronavirus pandemic. It was a hit, running for 11 seasons and prompting a spin-off, Celebrity Big Brother. After it ended in 2010, Channel 5 kept the show going from 2011 to 2018.
Now, it’s coming back to Channel 4, with E4 airing classic episodes of the series this summer. Big Brother: Best Shows Ever Show will allow E4 audiences to get their reality fix by revisiting some of the juiciest Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother episodes, with Big Brother icons Davina McCall and Rylan Clark-Neal introducing each show and reflecting on some of their favourite moments.
Davina McCall said: “I lived and breathed Big Brother for 11 years of my life. I didn’t miss one single episode. Not one week goes by when I don’t quote Big Brother in some form. It made me laugh, it made me cry and most importantly it taught me to never judge a book by its cover. I love the show with all of my heart and can’t wait to share it with a whole new audience. And of course, all you diehard fans out there… It’s good to be back. Big Brother’s missed you.”
Rylan Clark-Neal said: “After being off air for nearly two years I’m so excited to be bringing some much-needed Big Brother back to our lives. Over the years Big Brother has brought ground breaking television moments for many reasons, but now so more than ever whilst we’re all playing the role of housemates, let’s go back and rewind the clock to some of our favourite ever episodes. There will be laughs, tears and drama, but most of all we get to relive some of Big Brother’s greatest episodes.”
As you might expect, only Channel 4 episodes will be aired on E4. The return of Big Brother follows several instances of “#BBUK” trending on Twitter in recent weeks, as fan website Big Blagger has been streaming old episodes online and tweeting along.