Channel 5 has renewed its deal with Big Brother makers Endemol to keep the show on air for a further two years until 2014.
The reality series, axed by Channel 4 in 2010, will air a further two series this year, with Big Brother 2012 set to start in May and a second Celebrity Big Brother slated to begin just after the summer Olympics.
The original two year deal for the show has now been extended, meaning the series will continue to air on the channel until at least 2014.
Big Brother stared on UK telly back in 2000, and has seen an impressive 20 different series – including a Teen and Celebrity Hijack special – and well over 100 housemates and celebrities enter its doors over the past decade.
In a statement released today, Channel 5 revealed that the show had become “the most popular commissioned show in the channel’s 15-year history”.
Jeff Ford, Director of Programmes, Channel 5 said: “We’re hugely excited to have secured the return of Big Brother for Channel 5 which will continue to form a key part our programming schedule. The show so far has captivated the energy and vibrancy of the channel and we are looking forward to continuing this successful relationship.”
Nick Samwell-Smith, Creative Director of Initial commented: “We are delighted with the success of Big Brother on Channel 5. The show continues to thrive and I’m thrilled to be renewing our partnership with the channel for another two years.”
Channel 5 also confirmed this afternoon that spin-off series Bit On The Side would be back, and hosts Brian Dowling and Emma Willis will also be returning to the show.
Big Brother 2012 begins in May.