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Big Brother will go on air again

Hit reality show Big Brother is returning to television this year.

The show, which was on Channel 4, is moving to a new home on Channel 5 and will kick off with a celebrity version in the summer which will be followed by a series featuring members of the public.

Channel 5 director of programmes Jeff Ford said: "We're hugely excited to have secured the return of Big Brother for Channel 5, which will form a key part of this year's schedule.

"The series has previously captivated a decade of television viewers and we aim to bring Channel 5's energy, optimism and vibrancy to the series."

A presenter is yet to be announced, but former host Davina McCall has previously said she wants Emma Willis, who presented the spin-off show Big Brother's Little Brother, in the role, saying: "She loves the programme and she is a great presenter."

Big Brother, which was dropped by Channel 4 last year, launched in the UK in 2000 after it had been a big hit in the Netherlands.

It made stars of contestants including Ryanair flight attendant Brian Dowling, who went on to present SMTV Live, becoming one of the first openly gay children's TV presenters, and Jade Goody.

The dental nurse from Bermondsey in south east London became an unlikely celebrity and remained in the public eye until her death from cervical cancer in 2009.

Davina has previously ruled out returning to host the show, saying: "I think Big Brother has got legs and any channel that picks it up would be a very lucky channel but I don't think I'll go back to it. I think I've said goodbye.".

The show's creator, Endemol UK, has signed a two-year deal with Channel 5.

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