Celebrity Big Brother

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Celebrity Big Brother
Original work Celebrity Big Brother (UK TV series)
Films and television
Television series Celebrity Big Brother (independent international versions, see below)
First aired 9 March 2001 (2001-03-09)
Distributor Endemol
Based on Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Big Brother (franchise) by John de Mol Jr.

Celebrity Big Brother (or Big Brother VIP) is an adaptation of the Big Brother reality television series. Just like its parent franchise Celebrity Big Brother airs in several countries, however the housemates or houseguests are local celebrities. In some countries, the prize money normally awarded to the winning housemate is donated to a charity, and all celebrities are paid to appear in the show as long as they do not voluntarily leave before their eviction or the end of the series. The rest of the rules are nearly the same as those of the original version.


The celebrity version has become particularly popular in the UK, causing UK broadcaster Channel 5 to extend its deal with Endemol enabling them to air two celebrity series in addition to the civilian version every year from 2012.[1] As of 2018 the UK has aired 21 celebrity series with the current Celebrity Big Brother 21 from 2 January 2018. In Bulgaria, VIP Brother has replaced the original format of the show and more seasons of the celebrity edition have been produced than the regular one. Due to the show's popularity there, it lasts for two months unlike most countries where it only airs for a month.


Examples include:

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  1. ^ "Celebrity Big Brother to air twice a year in updated Channel 5 deal". Trash Lounge. 12 February 2012. Archived from the original on 13 February 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2014.