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Big Brother’s return is ‘drawing closer with ITV bosses ‘closing in on a deal’ to bring series back

Big Brother’s return to the small screen is reportedly getting closer, with ITV bosses ‘making a deal’ to bring the reality show back.

The reality juggernaut originally aired on Channel 4 from 2000 to 2010 and was hosted by Davina McCall, 54, before moving to Channel 5 until 2018, where it was hosted by series two winner Brian Dowling, 43, and later Emma Willis, 46.

It was previously claimed that producers were in talks to show it on ITV2 in 2023 after Love Island, with broadcastnow.co.uk now claims that the channel wants to bring the program ‘back to basics’.

Comeback: Big Brother is reportedly set to return to television screens on ITV next year with audience members as housemates (former presenter Davina McCall featured on the show in 2002)

Comeback: Big Brother is reportedly set to return to television screens on ITV next year with audience members as housemates (former presenter Davina McCall featured on the show in 2002)

A TV source told The sun in April: ‘ITV is home to the big appointment television. They know better than anyone how to organize large live events.

“They think putting it on ITV2 will open it up to a new audience and a legion of younger fans. They are eager to close the Big Brother deal and hope to announce something solid soon.

“Talks are still at an early and delicate stage and the coming weeks will be crucial.

It needs full treatment and they are confident that they are the ones who can restore it to its fabled former glory. It has millions of fans and is one of the most iconic TV shows of its generation.”

Fame game: Producers are apparently in talks to show it on ITV2 in 2023 after Love Island (Davina seen with the late Jade Goody during her eviction in the 2002 final)

Fame game: Producers are apparently in talks to show it on ITV2 in 2023 after Love Island (Davina seen with the late Jade Goody during her eviction in the 2002 final)

Fresh: A source told The Sun: 'They think if they put it on ITV2, it will open up to a new audience and a legion of younger fans' (series three winner Kate Lawler featured in the show's finale in 2002 )

Fresh: A source told The Sun: ‘They think if they put it on ITV2, it will open up to a new audience and a legion of younger fans’ (series three winner Kate Lawler featured in the show’s finale in 2002 )

ITV has been approached for comment by MailOnline.

The show started in 2000 as a social experiment and became a regular part of popular culture.

While regular members of the public became famous the moment they stepped into the house, a celebrity version of the show also ran from 2000 with famous housemates.

The show featured some iconic moments over the years, with a staggering 3.5 million people voting for Liverpool builder Craig Phillips of Seaforth, Merseyside, to win the £70,000 prize in 2000 at the end of the first run. .

All Stars: The show began as a social experiment in 2000 and became a staple of popular culture (series one winner Craig Phillips seen with Davina in 2000)

All Stars: The show began as a social experiment in 2000 and became a staple of popular culture (series one winner Craig Phillips seen with Davina in 2000)

Energetic: Pete Bennett was the winner of seven in 2006, with the star being the first housemate with Tourette syndrome

Energetic: Pete Bennett was the winner of seven in 2006, with the star being the first housemate with Tourette syndrome

Legendary: The late Nikki Grahame rose to fame for her explosive outbursts on Big Brother (pictured on the show in 2006)

Legendary: The late Nikki Grahame rose to fame for her explosive outbursts on Big Brother (pictured on the show in 2006)

Rising star: Josie Gibson made her name when she became a roommate in 2010 before presenting This Morning on ITV

Rising star: Josie Gibson made her name when she became a roommate in 2010 before presenting This Morning on ITV

Big Brother’s inaugural series captivated the nation for its then-unheard of “social experiment”-esque mixture.

While viewers remained enthralled throughout the season, what was most shocking was Nick Bateman’s behavior.

The city agent won the nickname Nasty Nick after trying to cheat in the game and pass notes between contestants to influence nominations. He faced eventual winner Craig.

Kate Lawler became the show’s first female winner in series three with 58.05% of the vote, but the introduction of the late Jade Goody to British TV screens was undoubtedly the pinnacle of drama in 2002.

The Only Way Is Essex: Brian Belo rose to fame with Big Brother in 2008 and later came up with the idea for TOWIE (seen Brian in 2008)

The Only Way Is Essex: Brian Belo rose to fame with Big Brother in 2008 and later came up with the idea for TOWIE (seen Brian in 2008)

Tearful: Nadia Almada was ecstatic to become the first ever transgender roommate on the show as the reality star won the competition in 2004

Tearful: Nadia Almada was ecstatic to become the first ever transgender roommate on the show as the reality star won the competition in 2004

Girl power: Emma Wills hosted the show on Channel 5 from 2013 to 2018 (featured in 2018 during the last series)

Girl power: Emma Wills hosted the show on Channel 5 from 2013 to 2018 (featured in 2018 during the last series)

Other big names include Nadia Almada, the only ever transgender winner, Anthony Hutton and Makosi Musambasi who shared a controversial moment in the pool, and the outrageous late Nikki Grahame who became one of the most temperamental stars to ever grace the show.

Meanwhile, ditzy Essex boy Brian Belo and This Morning hosts Alison Hammond and Josie Gibson also rose to fame on the show.

The program, which was seen as a groundbreaking social experiment when it first aired in 2000, was initially a roaring success, with the first series finale bringing in 9.45 million viewers, but it was canceled in September 2018 after 18 years on the air on both Channel 4 and Channel 5.

Let's Dance: Dancer Anthony Hutton won series six of the show in 2005 after becoming a firm favorite with viewers

Let’s Dance: Dancer Anthony Hutton won series six of the show in 2005 after becoming a firm favorite with viewers

Champ: Brian Dowling was the winner of the show's second series in 2001 and he later hosted it on Channel 5 after appearing in Ultimate Big Brother

Champ: Brian Dowling was the winner of the show’s second series in 2001 and he later hosted it on Channel 5 after appearing in Ultimate Big Brother

It averaged 5.8 million viewers per episode in the third season – but the numbers dropped to just 2.9 million per episode in 2009 thanks to competitions inspired by the shows it spawned, such as The Only Way Is Essex.

The show’s move from Channel 4 to Channel 5 hit an all-time low, with viewership dropping to 1.2 million last season.

Celebrity Big Brother also suffered a blow to its viewers in season six, which followed the racing of season five. Contestant Jade Goody referred to Indian actress Shilpa Shetty as ‘Shilpa Poppadom’, resulting in 10,000 complaints to Ofcom and 2,000 to Channel 4.

The average viewership per episode dropped from 4.6 million to 3.1 million in season six.

As 2010 loomed, people started switching to The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing.

Entertainers: Makosi Musambasi shared a controversial moment in the pool with Anthony Hutton during her 2005 series

Entertainers: Makosi Musambasi shared a controversial moment in the pool with Anthony Hutton during her 2005 series

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