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|Directed by||Sergio Colabona (2009–2015) Alessio Pollacci (2018)|
|Country of origin||Italy|
|No. of series||17|
|Running time||180 min.|
|Original network||Canale 5 (main show, 2000–)|
|Original release||14 September 2000– present|
Grande Fratello is the Italian version of the reality television franchise Big Brother, begun in September 2000, and which has gone on to become a cultural phenomenon in Italy. There have been fourteen completed seasons as of 2015.
Based on the original Dutch version created by Endemol, the show sees a number of "housemates", divided by gender, social backgrounds and geographical locations, locked up together in a house, where the viewing public can watch them twenty-four hours a day, and vote them out of the house as they choose.
The housemates can visit the "confessional" at any time during the day, either to talk to psychologists if they need to, talk to "Big Brother", or to nominate.
The title is inspired by the George Orwell novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. The novel tells of a Big Brother, head of the totalitarian state of Oceania that constantly monitors its inhabitants by camera in an attempt to suppress their free will. The tag line of the novel is "Big Brother is watching you", which inspired the show, as it is Big Brother who now has total control over the situation in the house.
The housemates live in a house 24 hours a day, bugged by numerous cameras and microphones which capture their every move. Every week the housemates participate in tasks that determine their food budget for that week, or could even affect that week's nominations. The overall goal is to be the final surviving housemate and claim the prize fund. A PlayStation game based on this version was released in 2003.
|Seasons||Benning date||End date||Days||Housemates||Winner||Main presenter||Grand prize||Live show|
|Grande Fratello 1||14 September 2000||21 December 2000||99||10||Cristina Plevani||Daria Bignardi||₤250,000,000
|Grande Fratello 2||20 September 2001||20 December 2001||92||16||Flavio Montrucchio||8.00|
|Grande Fratello 3||30 January 2003||8 May 2003||99||Floriana Secondi||Barbara D'Urso||€241,000|
(reduced from €300,000)
|Grande Fratello 4||22 January 2004||6 May 2004||106||15||Serena Garitta||€300,000||8.44|
|Grande Fratello 5||23 September 2004||2 December 2004||71||17||Jonathan Kashanian||€250,000||6.86|
|Grande Fratello 6||19 January 2006||27 April 2006||99||18||Augusto De Megni||Alessia Marcuzzi||€900,000
(reduced from €1,000,000)
|Grande Fratello 7||18 January 2007||19 April 2007||92||19||Milo Coretti||€500,000||5.57|
|Grande Fratello 8||21 January 2008||21 April 2008||21||Mario Ferretti||5.46|
|Grande Fratello 9||12 January 2009||20 April 2009||99||23||Ferdi Berisa||€300,000||6.63|
|Grande Fratello 10||26 October 2009||8 March 2010||134||26||Mauro Marin||€250,000||6.16|
|Grande Fratello 11||18 October 2010||18 April 2011||183||35||Andrea Cocco||€300,000
(extended from €250,000)
|Grande Fratello 12||24 October 2011||1 April 2012||161||36||Sabrina Mbarek||€240,000
(reduced from €250,000)
|Grande Fratello 13||3 March 2014||26 May 2014||85||17||Mirco Petrilli||€250,000||4.12|
|Grande Fratello 14||24 September 2015||10 December 2015||78||19||Federica Lepanto||€200,000
(reduced from €250,000)
|Grande Fratello 15||17 April 2018||4 June 2018||49||17||Alberto Mezzetti||Barbara d'Urso||€100,000||3.88|
|Seasons||Launch date||Finale date||Days||Housemates||Winner||Main presenter||Grand prize||Live show|
|Grande Fratello VIP 1||19 September 2016||7 November 2016||50||14||Alessia Macari||Ilary Blasi||€100,000||4.19|
|Grande Fratello VIP 2||11 September 2017||4 December 2017||85||20||Daniele Bossari||4.86|
|Grande Fratello VIP 3||24 September 2018||10 December 2018||78||23||Walter Nudo||3.41|
- Season 1, won by Cristina Plevani from Iseo, Italy
- Season 2, won by Flavio Montrucchio from Torino, Italy
- Season 3, won by Floriana Secondi from Rome, Italy
- Season 4, won by Serena Garitta from Genova, Italy
- Season 5, won by Jonathan Kashanian from Ramat-Gan, Israel
- Season 6, won by Augusto De Megni from Foligno, Italy
- Season 7, won by Milo Coretti from Rome, Italy
- Season 8, won by Mario Ferretti from Montecchio, Italy
- Season 9, won by Marcello Torre Calabria from Brescia, italy
- Season 10, won by Mauro Marin from Treviso, Italy
- Season 11, won by Andrea Cocco from Hong Kong, China
- Season 12, won by Sabrina Mbarek from Udine, Italy
- Season 13, won by Mirco Petrilli from Lariano, Italy
- Season 14, won by Federica Lepanto from Salerno, Italy
- Season 15, won by Alberto Mezzetti from Viterbo, Italy
- Season 1, won by the television personality Alessia Macari, from Dublin, Ireland
- Season 2, won by the television personality Daniele Bossari, from Milan, Italy
- Season 3, won by the actor and model Walter Nudo, from Montréal, Canada
- Ilary Blasi (Season 1–)
The program has broken several records, including exceeding a 50% share of the ratings (with peaks of 60% during season one). The fifth season recorded a decline in ratings which was put down to both the competition from rival reality television shows and the season's poor and hasty production. By the ninth season, the show recorded increasing ratings which took the program back to its original popularity.
Despite a decline in viewing figures over the years (especially in the twelfth season), Grande Fratello is still one of the most successful reality shows in Italy.