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BB eye gets animated

Think things are quiet down in Adelaide? Think again: their TV advertisement for the Big Brother housemate hunt gives us a sneak peak of the theme for Big Brother Australia 2012.

Rumours to come from the crew members at various housemate hunts have hinted that Channel 9 will re-use the Big Brother theme music from the 2007 season.

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The 2012 Big Brother eye is very similar to the new eye used in the UK. Expect the Australian opening theme to take ‘inspiration’ from the UK show:

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Big Brother Australia will be back

Channel Nine picks up the rights to Big Brother: Secrets

Channel 9 have picked up the rights to a new series of Big Brother Australia, Big Brother: Secrets, the Herald Sun reports.

Corroborating that report is an update to Southern Star’s website, pointing users to the official Big Brother Australia Facebook page. Southern Star own the rights to the Big Brother franchise in Australia.

Behind Big Brother may indeed have another life. Until then.

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Big Brother UK axed!

UK broadcaster C4 has today confirmed that it will be axing Big Brother in the UK next year, but will honour the existing contract with Endemol.

With Big Brother 10 coming to a close, Celebrity Big Brother and Big Brother 11 will air in 2010, bringing to a close ten years of the reality franchise in the UK after ratings for this summer series tumbled to an all time low, losing a third of the audience from last year – and over half of the audience within three years.

Although Endemol suggest the format could continue elsewhere, the three main candidates to take over the franchise – ITV, Five and Sky – have all ruled themselves out.

The axing of Big Brother will lead to a revamp of the summer schedules on C4 and it’s sister station E4, with 200 hours of new programming to find and a renewed commitment to original drama, an area where the station has cut back on in recent years due to falling ad revenues.

Julian Bellamy, Head of C4 stated that “Big Brother will leave a huge hole and filling it will involve the most fundamental creative overhaul in our history. We’ve 18 months to transform the schedule; today’s announcement is our biggest-ever creative call-to-arms to producers to come forward with their very best ideas”.

C4’s Director of Television, Kevin Lygo, added that although Big Brother remained profitable, C4 had a responsibility to be creative.  “That remit to push the boundaries has been an essential part of the weird chemistry behind Big Brother’s success, but it’s now what is telling us that the programme has reached a natural end point on Channel 4 and it’s time to move on.”

BBUK host Davina McCall has repeatedly stated this summer that she will be back to front BB11 next year, although she has already signed up for her next role, fronting a dance competition series for Sky1.

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BBUK: Live Launch as it happens

For details of the live launch, as it happens (or happened if you’re reading later), click here for live show updates from bbspy.   Thanks Matt.

And also courtesy of BB Spy, some pictures of the house – although not a lot to see so far, and details of this years massive launch night twist.   If you don’t like spoilers, don’t sneak a peak.

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BBUK returns for 10th summer season

It may be over in Australia, for now at least, but Big Brother returns for it’s tenth, and possibly penultimate, season in the UK next week.

The build up to this season has been more secretive than in recent years, with host Davina McCall claiming she “gasped” when she was informed of a twist planned for this year.    Following Thursday nights launch show, an extra live show will air on Sunday night in which Big Brother reveals some surprises that could send shockwaves through the house”.

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Big Brother hasn’t been immune to the credit crunch, with a number of cut backs this year.   For the first time since BB4, there are just two presenters associated with the show.  As well as fronting the evictions, Davina McCall will also be presenting Big Brother’s Big Mouth, which has been cut from four to one episode a week, while George Lamb returns for his second series of fanzine show Big Brother’s Little Brother.

Diary Room Uncut has also been axed, but the decision which has angered the fans the most has been to scrap the 24/7 live feed.   Live coverage will only be available from the house for just a few hours overnight.

Big Brother begins on C4 in the UK on Thursday 4th June.   Check out the International Forum for the latest discussion, while bbspy has the latest news and rumours, including more of the adverts counting down to the launch.

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