Big Brother boss says reboot needs to evoke "golden period" of the show

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Big Brother boss Kevin Lygo has said the upcoming reboot needs to evoke the “golden period” of the show.

It was announced last year that ITV2 would be resurrecting the reality show after five years off the screen, with the rebooted version set to air later this year.

Previewing the new show, Lygo, the managing director of media and entertainment at ITV, said (via Variety): “The key to Big Brother is to keep it like it was in its golden period – to have it more interesting, intelligent, upmarket etc. than other reality shows. It’s a great addition to have in the autumn period.”

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Though the reboot isn’t too far from airing, it is yet to find a presenter, with previous hosts Davina McCall and Emma Willis ruling themselves out of the running.

“I had the best 11 years of my life. Whoever does it, I will be supporting it with every fibre in my body. But I don't think it's me,” said Davina.

Emma, who hosted the series for five years during its stint on Channel 5, echoed her sentiments, saying: “I loved my time on the show, and I very much kind of said goodbye to it back then because we thought it was over. I don't tend to go back. I like to move forward.”

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Former winner Josie Gibson recently threw her hat into the ring, saying: “Oh my God, that's a massive, massive gig. Could I be trusted? I don't know? With an accent like this. I love the show, I absolutely idolised the show but it's quite daunting.”

Upon the announcement of the reboot, ITV executive Paul Mortimer teased that the reboot would feature a “refreshed” and “contemporary” look, saying: “[It] will contain all the familiar format points that kept viewers engaged and entertained the first time round, but with a brand-new look and some additional twists that speak to today's audience.”

Big Brother will air on ITV2 and ITVX in 2023.

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