IT WAS the original reality TV show, and now Big Brother is returning to our screens after a two-year hiatus.
However, it's not the full series as we know it – with Channel 4's Big Brother’s Best Shows Ever Show highlighting its finest moments via classic footage unearthed from the archive.
When is Big Brother returning to our screens?
Seeking to entertain us in lockdown, Big Brother’s Best Shows Ever Show will hit screens this summer.
The Sun have exclusively revealed that it will take a look at the most scandalous and sexy moments from the hit series.
These include Makosi Musambasi and Anthony Hutton's wet-and-wild hot-tub party in Big Brother’s sixth series, to Vanessa Feltz’s meltdown in the first celebrity version.
It will air on E4 – however a broadcast date, or details if it will be a one-off programme or run for several episodes, is yet to be announced.
Original host Davina McCall will return to front the show once more, and she will be joined by Rylan Clarke-Neal, former contestant and presenter of spin-off Big Brother’s Bit On The Side.
Why is it returning?
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the show's UK launch in 2000.
In an exclusive statement, Davina said: "I lived and breathed Big Brother for 11 years.
"Not one week goes by when I don’t quote Big Brother in some form.
"It made me laugh, it made me cry and it taught me to never judge a book by its cover.
“I love the show and can’t wait to share it with a whole new audience.”
Rylan added: “I’m so excited to be bringing Big Brother back to our lives.
“There will be laughs, tears and drama, but most of all we get to relive some of Big Brother’s greatest episodes.”
The premise of the series – where a group of housemates are locked away for numerous weeks in a house with every aspect of their time there filmed and broadcast to the nation – was an instant hit.
It became one of the most successful British TV shows of all time, and regularly drew millions of viewers per episode.
The final series was shown in 2018, with producers announcing it would come off air after 18 years.
It was first aired on Channel 4 before switching to Channel 5 in 2010.
The annual civilian version was joined by Celebrity Big Brother in 2001.
It was filmed at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire from 2002 – where the Diary Room and rest of the house were given a dramatic redesign every series.
Davina hosted the show from 2000 until 2010, with former contestant Brian Dowling stepping into her shoes until 2013 when Emma Willis took over.
Who are the Big Brother winners?
The 18 winners of the civilian series are…
2000 – Craig Phillips
The builder, now 48, famously gave his prize money to his friend with Down's syndrome, Joanne Harris, to pay for her heart and lung transplant.
He has since gone on to forge a successful media career as a DIY and home improvement expert, and has hosted a number of design shows.
2001 – Brian Dowling
The Irish presenter, now 41, rose to fame after winning the second series of the show, and was also the public's favourite when he appeared in Ultimate Big Brother in 2010.
He hosted the series – between Davina and Emma – and now presents The Real Housewives of Cheshire.
2002 – Kate Lawler
The model and DJ, now 40, was the first female to win the show – in the same series that made Jade Goody famous – and went on to feature in numerous lads' mags and Ann Summers campaigns.
She appeared in the 2006 celebrity series of Love Island, and now hosts a show on Virgin Radio.
2003 – Cameron Stout
The former Scottish fish trader, now 49, gave up the day job after winning the fourth series.
He has appeared in numerous pantomimes, and writes for both local and national newspapers, including The Sunday Post.
2004 – Nadia Almada
The transgender ex-bank clerk from Portugal, now 43, won the hearts of the nation – and regularly tops the polls of the best-loved housemates of all time.
She released a single 'A Little Bit of Action' and starred on Ultimate Big Brother.
In 2016, it was revealed she is now working as a hair stylist in London.
2005 – Anthony Hutton
The dancer from Newcastle, now 38, famously enjoyed a brief romance with co-star Makosi.
He went on to star in a number of reality TV series, including Sky's The Match and Ultimate Big Brother, and has also done some modelling as well as working as a hair stylist.
2006 – Pete Bennett
During his appearance on the show, during which he enjoyed a fling with co-star Nikki Grahame, he raised awareness of Tourette's syndrome.
The star, now 38, admitted on The Jeremy Kyle Show in 2010 that he had wasted all his winnings on an addiction to ketamine.
He has since set up a cleaning business, and reportedly charges £100 per hour.
2007 – Brian Belo
The 32-year-old went on to release a single, 'Essex Boy'.
In 2013, he took the creators of Towie to court, accusing them of stealing a TV show idea he had been working on – he received a £1m payout from ITV in 2016.
2008 – Rachel Rice
After winning the show, she used her prize money to pay off her student debt and gave the rest to charity.
The star, now 36, currently works as a teacher at a school in Wales.
2009 – Sophie Reade
After winning the show, the star from Cheshire, now 31, went on to enjoy a modelling career – including posing for Playboy.
She is now Instagram-famous, and regularly posts raunchy snaps to her account's 127,000 followers.
2010 – Josie Gibson
The TV star, now 35, has had one of the most successful careers of all the show's winners.
She has appeared on Celebrity Wedding Planner, The Wright Stuff, Celebrity Juice, Loose Women and This Morning, as well as releasing a number of health-related books and DVDs after qualifying as a personal trainer.
2011 – Aaron Allard Morgan
The star, now 39, set up a bar in his hometown of Weston-super-Mare after winning the show.
He has also appeared on The Wright Stuff and Big Brother's Bit on the Side.
2012 – Luke Anderson
Since winning the show he has become a professional chef.
The 39-year-old was the first transgender man to win the show, and has also become an ambassador for LGBT rights.
2013 – Sam Evans
The Welsh star, now 30, reportedly returned to his job as a Debenhams stockroom assistant after winning the show.
He was born with hearing difficulties, and supports charities to help children with the same disability.
2014 – Helen Wood
The former escort, now 33, first came to prominence back in 2011 when it was alleged she'd had a threesome with footballer Wayne Rooney.
After winning the show, she secured a Daily Star column, and also released a tell-all autobiography.
2015 – Chloe Wilburn
The star, now 30, also returned to her day job in Doncaster after winning the show.
During the series she described herself as a "chav" and said her dream was to move to Benidorm.
She now works as a medical cannabis activist and CBD seller.
2016 – Jason Burrill
The pro stunt double, now 49, went on to appear in a string of films after being voted the nation's favourite – including The Serpent, The Dark Return of Time, Strange in the Worlde, and Essex Vendetta.
He has also starred in various pantomimes in London.
2017 – Isabelle Warburton
After winning the series, the star, now 24, went on to donate some of her winnings to charity.
She also founded a beauty salon, Summer Bunny Studio & Training, and regularly updates her 91,000 Instagram followers.
2018 – Cameron Cole
The 19-year-old became the youngest person ever to win the show – and also the final one.
During the show, the vlogger revealed he is gay in a moment described by host Emma Willis as one of "the loveliest things" she'd ever seen on TV.
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