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Big Brother set to return ‘back to basics’ on ITV

It is hoped the new Big Brother would replicate the success of Love Island

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Big Brother is set to make its grand return as ITV bosses ‘close in’ on a deal to revive the infamous reality show.

Big Brother originally aired in 2000 on Channel 4, where it enjoyed ten successful years until its axe in 2010. Channel 5 temporarily revived the show the following year, but that too faced the chop seven years later in 2018. 

And now, the show is set to make its third channel hop over to ITV, with new reports today claiming the channel is ‘closing in’ on a deal to take the show ‘back to basics’ at some point next year.

According to the reports, it is hoped that the new version of Big Brother would replicate the success of ITV2’s smash hit dating series Love Island

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A TV source said back in April: “ITV is the home of big appointment telly. They know better than anyone how to put on big live events.

“They think putting it on ITV2 will open it up to a new audience and legion of younger fans. They are really keen on getting the deal done on Big Brother, and hope to have something firm to announce soon.

“The talks are still at an early and delicate stage, and the next few weeks will be key.

“It needs the full treatment and they’re confident they are the ones who can return it to its legendary former glory. It has millions of fans and is one of the most iconic TV shows of its generation.”

The source added that TV bosses are considering airing the revived series on ITV2 in autumn 2023 after Love Island has aired.

There have already been numerous calls for Big Brother’s original presenter Davina McCall to make a return, though she is yet to address the ongoing rumours.

However TV presenter Allison Hammond – who rose to fame as a housemate in the third season of Big Brother back in 2002 – has said she’d ‘jump at the chance’ to host a revival of the series.

She said during a recent appearance on The Late-ish Show with Mo Gilligan: “We’ve got to put it out there to the universe. Let’s make it happen!”

Big Brother started as a ‘social experiment’ eighteen years ago, and featured a twenty-four-hour live-feed that viewers from home could tune into at any point during the day or night. Housemates would take part in tasks, challenges and games, and would face weekly vote-offs from viewers at home.

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Happy Valley to return for third and final season this Christmas

It’ll explore the growing relationship between a teenage Ryan and his dad Tommy Lee Royce…

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There’s very good news for fans of Happy Valley, as the BBC has confirmed the third and final season will be released this Christmas as part of its festive schedule.

Fans were delighted when it was announced last year that the drama, created by Sally Wainwright, would be returning for a third season – with Sarah Lancashire reprising her role of Sergeant Catherine Cawood for the last time.

The BBC recently gave us our first look at the upcoming season of Happy Valley ahead of its highly-anticipated release, with new images giving fans an idea of what to expect from the upcoming six-part series.

Catherine is pictured with a bloodied nose in the aftermath of a police raid, while the notorious Tommy Lee Royce – played by James Norton – is seen sporting a radically different look in his prison cell.

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The broadcaster also gave first-look glimpses of Catherine’s sister Clare (Siobhan Finneran) and teenage grandson Ryan (Rhys Connah).

The third season will see Catherine discover the remains of a gangland murder victim, which sparks a chain of events that unwittingly leads her straight back to Tommy Lee Royce, Ryan’s biological father and the man responsible for her daughter’s suicide.

Read More: Filming for Happy Valley season three has begun with Sarah Lancashire spotted on set

Her grandson Ryan is now sixteen, and has ideas of his own about what kind of relationship he wants to have with the man Catherine refuses to acknowledge as his father.

Still battling the seemingly never-ending problem of drugs in the valley and those who supply them, Catherine is on the cusp of retirement.

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It was clear at the end of the second season – released in 2016 – that Catherine was worried Ryan may have too much of his father in him, and season three is set to explore the pair’s relationship.

The BBC also announced who will be joining the cast for the BAFTA-winning six-part drama, including familiar faces Ishia Bennison as Joyce, Shane Zaza as Shafiq, Chord Melodic as Sledge, and Mete Dursun as Gorkem.

There will be some new faces for the third instalment too, specifically The Rising’s Oliver Huntingdon, Sex Education’s Jack Bandeira, God’s Own Country’s Alec Secareanu and Gentleman Jack’s Anthony Flanagan.

Happy Valley will form part of the BBC’s Christmas TV lineup, but the season three premiere will be held in Halifax on December 14th – fans can now apply for tickets here to see it first.

An exact start date for season three is yet to be confirmed.

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Olivia Attwood ‘forced to quit’ I’m A Celebrity after just 24 hours

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Olivia Attwood has reportedly quit I’m A Celebrity just hours after the new series made its debut.

According to ITV, the Love Island star has been forced to withdraw from the reality show due to a ‘medical matter’.

An ITV spokesperson told The Independent: “As a precautionary measure Olivia needed to leave the jungle to undergo some medical checks.

“Unfortunately, the medical team has advised it is not safe for Olivia to return to camp as there needs to be further investigation.

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“She has been absolutely brilliant and she’ll be very much missed on the show.”

According to The Sun, the reality TV star is currently flying back to the UK to reunite with her fiancee Bradley Dack.

Last night, viewers watched as Attwood began her journey into the Australian jungle as a VIP alongside radio DJ Chris Moyles.

The pair later found out that VIP actually stood for ‘Very Isolated People’, and would have to spend the night in a separate camp before undergoing a Bush Tucker Trial the following day.

Before she entered the jungle by jumping out of a helicopter, Attwood joked that her ex-boyfriends watching the show – including former Love Island co-star Chris Hughes – would probably want to see her get stuck into the trials.

She said: “I don’t really have that many exes who I’m bad terms with, but all exes will probably want to see me choke on camel’s anus.”

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Warner Bros want to make more Harry Potter films if J.K Rowling agrees

The eight existing Harry Potter films have grossed over $7 billion globally

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The CEO of Warner Bros has expressed his interest in making more Harry Potter films if J.K Rowling agrees.

During an investors Q3 meeting this week, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav said he would be interested in continuing the wizardry franchise if Rowling would be up for it.

He said, as per The Hollywood Reporter: “We’re going to focus on franchises.

We haven’t had a Superman movie in thirteen years. We haven’t done a Harry Potter in fifteen years. The DC movies and the Harry Potter movies provided a lot of the profits for Warner Bros. … over the past twenty-five years.”

He added: “If we can do something with J.K. on Harry Potter going forward.”

Following the success of the eight Harry Potter films, which have collectively grossed $7.7 billion globally, Warner Bros partnered with Rowling for the Fantastic Beasts franchise, which alternatively saw diminishing returns at the box office. 

Because of this, it is unclear if the studio will move forward with the two planned Fantastic Beasts films to round out its five-picture arc.

In the years since Harry Potter’s debut, Rowling has been embroiled in controversy surrounding her views on sex and transgender women.

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She said on Twitter at the time: “If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction.

“If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives.

“It isn’t hate to speak the truth.”

This has sparked rumours that Warner Bros could be hesitant in moving forward with her, though the production company denied this, saying in a statement: “For twenty years, Warner Bros., J.K. Rowling and her team have worked together to delight fans around the world with spectacular storytelling and the magic of the Wizarding World.”

 

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