Big Brother (TV series)

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Big Brother is a TV reality show. People known as housemates, enter a house and they do not bring any type of communication devices such as...Cellphones,computers etc.They are not allowed to bring books,magazines or reading materials. Depending on the country some are allowed to bring items such as a bible for example, but this can only be used on days of worship. They cannot bring any photos or letters from family and friends,sometimes during tasks and competition's they can earn a photo and or letter from home. The housemates are not allowed to have paper or things to write with, as writing notes of any kind is not allowed and housemates will be punished if they find other means of the use of passing notes! They can bring clothing, jewelry personal items, such as...Makeup, perfume, facial care,item's for doing their hair,personal care items etc. Most of the time they have to use things like soap,shampoo and conditioner that the house provides because the product is shown for sponorship/advertisement reasons. They are allowed to get dressed up and encouraged to do so on live eviction nights. The housemates do many things if they have free time to keep themselves busy. They famously play games such as Truth Or Dare, Charades Spin The Bootle etc. The housemates always make up games or use what is in the house and improvise to play their version of football, soccer etc.

The people who control the house and make the people behind the cameras who call themselves Big Brother announce things through the loudspeaker. Housemates would get a task to do so that they can get food. There is also a celebrity version of Big Brother.

Big Brother around the world[change | change source]

Countries with a series of Big Brother

The series was developed by Endemol, and the first season was shown in the Netherlands. The show's format has since been copied in over forty countries, including Brazil, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Spain, India, United Kingdom (see Big Brother UK 2008) and US. It also used to be in Australia, but was axed in 2008.

Special editions[change | change source]

In some countries, there are also special editions of the show, for example Big Brother VIP or Big Brother: All Stars. Usually, some of the rules in these special editions are a little bit different from the original ones.

Big Brother VIP / Celebrity Big Brother[change | change source]

Big Brother VIP is the name of the special edition of the show, in which all the housemates are famous people. It has been released in many of the countries airing Big Brother, for example Bulgaria - VIP Brother; Mexico - Big Brother VIP; UK - Celebrity Big Brother. The duration of the show is often only a month and in some countries the nominations and evictions are twice a week. Sometimes the big prize is given for charity or there is no big prize at all.

Big Brother series[change | change source]

As of 10 September 2018, Big Brother has produced 426 winners in over 54 franchises.

     Currently airing (7)
     An upcoming season (10)
     Status unknown (4)
     No longer airing (38)
Country/Region Official name Network(s) Winner(s) Presenter(s)
Big Brother Africa M-Net
DStv (live)
Big Brother Albania Top Channel
Digit-Alb (live)
Big Brother VIP
  • Season 1, 2019: Upcoming season
  • TBA
Big Brother Angola[2] DStv[2]
  • Angola Dicla Burity (1–)
  • Mozambique Emerson Miranda (3)
Big Brother Angola e Moçambique Season 3, 2016: Mozambique Anderson Mistake & Angola Papetchulo
Big Brother: الرئيس
Big Brother: The Boss
MBC 2 Season 1, 2004: Discontinued[3] Razan Moughrabi
 Argentina Gran Hermano Telefe
Canal 4
DirecTV (live;1–3, 6–8)
Cablevisión (live; 4–5, 8)
Main host:
América TV
Gran Hermano Famosos Telefe
Cablevisión (live)
Main host: Debate:
 Australia Big Brother Australia Network Ten
New Zealand TV2 (1–3, 5)
New Zealand Prime (4)
Gretel Killeen (1–7)
Kyle Sandilands (8)
Jackie O (8)
Nine Network
New Zealand TV3 (10–11)
Sonia Kruger
Celebrity Big Brother Network Ten Season 1, 2002: Dylan Lewis Gretel Killeen
Veliki Brat – Big Brother Croatia RTL (4–5)
Serbia B92 (1–3, 5)
Bosnia and Herzegovina OBN (5)
Bosnia and Herzegovina RTRS (5)
Republic of Macedonia Sitel (5)
Montenegro Prva (5)
Bosnia and Herzegovina Pink BH (1–4)
Montenegro Pink M (1–4)
Serbia Pink (4)
Republic of Macedonia A1 (3)

Veliki Brat VIP Serbia B92 (1–2, 5)
Bosnia and Herzegovina BN (5)
Montenegro Prva (5)
Bosnia and Herzegovina OBN (5)
Republic of Macedonia Sitel (5)
Serbia Pink (3–4)
Montenegro Pink M (1–4)
Bosnia and Herzegovina Pink BH (1–4)
Republic of Macedonia A1 (4)
Veliki Brat – Generalna proba[5] Serbia B92 Season 1, 2006: Serbia Jelena Provči & Marko Miljković Marijana Mićić
 Belgium Big Brother Kanaal Twee
Walter Grootaers
Big Brother VIPs vtm
Kanaal Twee
No Presenters
Big Brother All-Stars Kanaal Twee Season 1, 2003: Heidi Zutterman Walter Grootaers
 Brazil Big Brother Brasil Rede Globo
Canal BBB (live on PPV)
 Bulgaria Big Brother Nova Television
Nova+ (live; 1–4)
Diema Family (live; 5)

Main host:
Niki Kunchev (1–3, 5)
Milen Tsvetkov (4)
Evelina Pavlova (1–2)
Aleksandra Sarchadjieva (5)

Big Brother Family Nova Television
Diema Family (live)
Main host:
Niki Kunchev
VIP Brother Nova Television
Nova+ (live; 1–2)
Diema 2 (live; 3)
Diema Family (live; 4)

Main host:
Niki Kunchev
Evelina Pavlova (1)
Dimitar Rachkov (3)
Maria Ignatova (3)
Aleksandra Sarchadjieva (4–present)
Miglena Angelova (9)
Azis (10–present)

Big Brother All Stars Nova Television
Diema Family (live; 1)

Main host:
Niki Kunchev
Aleksandra Sarchadjieva

Big Brother Canada Slice
Arisa Cox
Loft Story TQS[6]
  • Marie Plourde (3–5)
  • Isabelle Maréchal (2)
  • Renée-Claude Brazeau (1)
Loft Story: La Revanche Season 6, 2009: Sébastien Tremblay Pierre-Yves Lord
Big Brother V Season 1, 2010: Vincent Durand Dubé Chéli Sauvé-Castonguay
 China 室友一起宅: 先导季
Big Brother China: Pilot Season
Season 1, 2015–16: Tan Xiangjun Zhou Wentao (Live Final)
 Colombia Gran Hermano Caracol TV Season 1, 2003: Mónica Patricia Tejón Adriana Arango
Citytv Bogotá[7] Season 2, 2012: Diana Hernández Agmeth Escaf
 Croatia Big Brother RTL
  • Daria Knez (1)
  • Boris Mirković (1–3)
  • Renata Sopek (2–4)
  • Filip Brajković (4)
  • Marko Lušić (5)
  • Korana Gvozdić (5)
  • Neno Pavinčić (1, 6)
  • Marijana Batinić (6)
  • Antonija Blaće (2–5, 7–)
Celebrity Big Brother Season 1, 2008: Danijela Dvornik Antonija Blaće
Marko Lušić
 Czech Republic Big Brother TV NOVA Season 1, 2005: David Šín
  • Eva Aichmajerová
  • Lejla Abbasová
  • Leoš Mareš
 Denmark Big Brother TV Danmark
Lisbeth Janniche
Kanal 5
The Voice TV (live; 4)
7'eren(live; 5-6)
Big Brother VIP TV Danmark Season 1, 2003: Thomas Bickham Lisbeth Janniche
Big Brother Reality All-Stars Season 1, 2005: Jill Liv Nielsen Lisbeth Janniche
 Ecuador Gran Hermano Ecuavisa Season 1, 2003: David Burbano Toty Rodríguez
 Finland Big Brother Sub
  • Elina Viitanen (6–8)
  • Susanna Laine (6–7)
  • Vappu Pimiä (3–5)
  • Mari Sainio (Kakko) (1–2, 9)
Julkkis Big Brother Season 1, 2013: Jori Kopponen Mari Sainio
 France Loft Story M6
Benjamin Castaldi
Secret Story TF1
NT1 (Daily recaps: 9–)
CanalSat (live; 1)
Christophe Beaugrand (9–11)
Benjamin Castaldi (1–8)

After Secret
Adrien Lemaître (3–)
Leila Ben Khalifa (9–)
Julie Taton (9–11)
Nadège Lacroix (7)
Emilie Fiorelli (10)
Julien Geloën (11)

 Germany Big Brother RTL II
Sky (live; 10–11)
Clipfish (live; 10–11)
Premiere (live; 5–9)
VIVA (5, 9)
9Live (8)
Tele 5 (4–6)
MTV2 Pop (4–5)
RTL (2–3)
Single TV (2)
Sky (live)
  • Jochen Bendel (12)
Promi Big Brother Sat.1
sixx (2–4, 6)
Bild (live; 4)
Sky (live; 3)
maxdome (live; 2)
Sky (live 3 hours; 1)
Sat.1 emotions (1)
Big Brother Greece ANT1
Greece Alpha TV
Republic of Cyprus Sigma TV
  • Roula Koromila
 Hungary Big Brother – Nagy testvér TV2
  • Claudia Liptai
  • Attila Till
Big Brother VIP
Való Világ powered by Big Brother[9] RTL II
Puskás Péter (9–)
Nádai Anikó (8–)
Istenes Bence (6–8)
 India Bigg Boss
(Hindi Version)
SET Season 1, 2006–07: Rahul Roy Arshad Warsi
Colors TV
MTV India (11)

Pakistan ARY Digital
United States Canada Aapka Colors
United Kingdom Colors TV UK
Bigg Boss Halla Bol!
(Hindi Spin-Off)
Bigg Boss Kannada
(Kannada Version)
ETV Kannada Season 1, 2013: Vijay Raghavendra Sudeep
Suvarna TV Season 2, 2014: Akul Balaji
Colors Kannada (3–4)
Colors Super (4–present)
Bigg Boss Bangla
(Bengali Version)
ETV Bangla Season 1, 2013: Aneek Dhar Mithun Chakraborty
Colors Bangla Season 2, 2016: Joyjeet Banerjee Jeet
Bigg Boss Tamil
(Tamil Version)
Star Vijay
Kamal Haasan
Bigg Boss Telugu
(Telugu Version)
Star Maa
Bigg Boss Marathi
(Marathi Version)
Colors Marathi Season 1, 2018: Megha Dhade Mahesh Manjrekar
Bigg Boss Malayalam
(Malayalam Version)
Asianet Season 1, 2018: Current season Mohanlal
 Indonesia Big Brother Indonesia Trans TV Season 1, 2011: Alan Wangsa
  • Ferdi Hassan
  • Indra Herlambang
  • Sarah Sechan
  • Shara Aryo
 Israel האח הגדול
HaAh HaGadol
Channel 2-Keshet
HOT (live)
Yes (live)
Reshet 13
Channel 26 (live)
Liron Weizman
Ofer Shechter
Asi Israelof
VIP האח הגדול
HaAh HaGadol VIP
Channel 2-Keshet
HOT (live)
Yes (live)
 Italy Grande Fratello Canale 5
Italia 1 (Daily recaps; 13–15)
Stream TV (live; 1–3)
SKY (live; 4–5, 8–9)
Mediaset Premium (live; 6–14)
Mediaset Extra (live; 15)
La5 (live; 11–15)
Grande Fratello VIP Canale 5
Italia 1 (Daily recaps; 1–2)
Mediaset Extra (live; 1–2)
La5 (live; 1–2)
Ilary Blasi
 Lithuania Paslapčių namai
The House of Secrets
TV3 Lithuania Season 1, 2013: Gintautas Katulis
  • Agnė Grigaliūnienė
  • Marijus Mikutavičius
 Mexico Big Brother México Televisa
SKY (live)
Big Brother PM Canal 5
SKY (live)
Adela Micha
Big Brother VIP Televisa
SKY (live)
 Netherlands Big Brother Veronica
  • Esther Duller (2)
  • Beau Van Erven Dorens (2)
  • Rolf Wouters (1)
  • Daphne Deckers (1)
Big Brother VIPs Veronica Season 1, 2000: No winner Unknown
Talpa Season 2, 2006: No winner Caroline Tensen
Secret Story NET 5 Season 1, 2011: Sharon Hooijkaas
  • Renate Verbaan
  • Bart Boonstra
 Nigeria Big Brother Nigeria M-Net
DStv (live)
Season 1, 2006: Katung Aduwak
  • Olisa Adibua
  • Michelle Dede
Big Brother Naija GOtv
DStv (live)
Ebuka Obi-Uchendu
 Norway Big Brother Norge TVN
  • Trygve Rønningen (3)
  • Arve Juritzen (1–2)
TV 2 Bliss Season 4, 2011: Tine Barstad
Gran Hermano del Pacífico Ecuador RedTeleSistema
Chile RedTV
Peru ATV
Season 1, 2005: Ecuador Juan Sebastián López
  • Lorena Meritano (Main)
  • Álvaro Ballera & Álvaro García (Regional)
  • Janine Leal (Regional)
  • Juan Francisco Escobar (Regional)
 Panama Big Brother Panamá TVN Canal 2 Season 1, 2016: Katherine Sandoval
  • Rolando Sterling
  • Gaby Garrido
 Peru La Casa de Los Secretos
The House of Secrets
Frecuencia Latina Season 1, 2012: Álvaro de la Torre
  • Carla García
  • Jason Day
 Philippines Pinoy Big Brother ABS-CBN
TFC (Worldwide)
SkyCable (live)
Studio 23 (live; 1–3)
Pinoy Big Brother
(Special Edition)
  • Current
  • Bianca Gonzalez (5–)
  • Mariel Rodriguez (7–)
  • Toni Gonzaga (5–)
  • Robi Domingo (5–)
  • Former
  • John Prats (5)
  • Enchong Dee (6)
Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition
  • Toni Gonzaga (1–2)
  • Mariel Rodriguez (1–2)
  • Bianca Gonzalez (2)
  • Luis Manzano (1)
Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition
  • Bianca Gonzalez (1–4)
  • Toni Gonzaga (2–4)
  • Robi Domingo (4)
  • John Prats (4)
  • Mariel Rodriguez (1–3)
  • Luis Manzano (2)
 Poland Big Brother TVN
  • Kuba Klawiter (4–5)
  • Małgorzata Kosik (5)
  • Karina Kunkiewicz (4)
Big Brother VIP TV4 Season 5 (part 1), 2008: Jarek Jakimowicz
  • Kuba Klawiter
  • Małgorzata Kosik
 Portugal Big Brother TVI
TVI Eventos (live; 1)
Teresa Guilherme
Big Brother Famosos TVI
TVI Direct (live; VIP)
Big Brother VIP
Secret Story: Casa dos Segredos TVI
TVI Direct (live; 1–5)
TVI Reality (live; 6–)
Secret Story: Desafio Final
Teresa Guilherme
Secret Story: Luta Pelo Poder Season 1, 2015: Bruno Sousa
Secret Story: O Reencontro Season 1, 2018: Carina Ferreira Manuel Luís Goucha
 Romania Big Brother Prima TV
  • Andreea Raicu
  • Virgil Ianțu
 Russia Большой брат
Big Brother
TNT Season 1, 2005: Anastasia Yagaylova Ingeborga Dapkunaite
Norway Sweden Scandinavia[10] Big Brother Sweden Kanal5
Norway FEM
Sweden Kanal 9
Norway FEM
Season 3, 2014: Sweden Anders Olsson
Second Life Big Brother Second Life World Wide Web Season 1, 2006: Madlen Flint None
 Slovakia Big Brother Súboj TV Markíza Season 1, 2005: Richard Tkáč Zuzana Belohorcová
 Slovenia Big Brother Kanal A
  • Hosts:
  • Nina Osenar (1–2)
  • Ana Maria Mitič (3)
  • Manja Plešnar (4)
  • Co-hosts:
  • Matej Grm - Gušti (2)
  • Emi Nikočević (4)
  • Tibor Baiee (4)
Big Brother Slavnih POP TV
Nina Osenar
 South Africa Big Brother South Africa M-Net
DStv (live)
Big Brother Mzansi
Lungile Radu
Celebrity Big Brother Season 1, 2002: Bill Flynn
 Spain Gran Hermano Telecinco (Main show and Debate)
Divinity (Daily highlights) (live)
Jorge Javier Vázquez (17–18)
Mercedes Milá (1–2, 4–16)
Pepe Navarro (3)

Jordi González (5–7, 9–13, 15–18)
Jesús Vázquez (3–5)
Jorge Javier Vázquez (10)
Frank Blanco (14)

Gran Hermano VIP
Jorge Javier Vázquez (6–)
Jesús Vázquez (1–2)
Jordi González (3–5)

Sandra Barneda (4–)
Carolina Ferre (1)
Jordi González (2–3)

Gran Hermano: El Reencuentro
Gran Hermano: La Revuelta Season 1, 2012: Italy Alessandro Livi Mercedes Milá
 Sweden Big Brother Sverige Kanal5
Adam Alsing
Gry Forssell
Kanal 11
Adam Alsing
Big Brother Stjärnveckan Kanal5 Season 1, 2002: Anki Lundberg Adam Alsing
 Switzerland Big Brother Switzerland TV3
  • Eva Wannemacher (2)
  • Daniel Fohrler (1)
 Thailand Big Brother Thailand iTV
  • Saranyu Vonkarjun
  • Nana Raibeena (2)
 Turkey Big Brother Türkiye[11] Star TV Season 1, 2015–16: Sinan Aydemir Asuman Krause[12]
 Ukraine Big Brother Україна K1 Season 1, 2011: Khrystyna Kotvytska
  • Olha Horbachova
  • Oleksiy Kurban
 United Kingdom Big Brother Channel 4 and
S4C (1–10)
PolandTVN Lingua
Davina McCall
Channel 5
MTV (16–19)
Republic of Ireland TV3 (16–18)
Republic of Ireland Virgin Media One (19)
Celebrity Big Brother Channel 4 and
S4C (2–7)
BBC One (1)
Davina McCall
Channel 5
MTV (15–22)
Republic of IrelandTV3 (16–18)
Republic of Ireland3e (19–22)
Republic of IrelandVirgin Media Two (22)
Teen Big Brother Channel 4/E4 and
Series 1, 2003: Paul Brennan Dermot O'Leary
Big Brother Panto Series 1, 2004–05: No winner Jeff Brazier
June Sarpong
Celebrity Hijack Series 1, 2008: John Loughton Dermot O'Leary
Ultimate Big Brother Series 1, 2010: Republic of Ireland Brian Dowling Davina McCall
 United States
Big Brother
(Broadcast Edition)
CBS (1–)
Showtime 2 (8–14)
Pop (15–)

Canada Slice
Canada Global
Canada Global Reality Channel
United Kingdom E4 (4, 9)
Julie Chen
Big Brother: All-Stars Season 7, 2006: Mike Malin
Big Brother: Over The Top
(Digital Edition)
CBS All Access Season 1, 2016: Morgan Willett
Celebrity Big Brother CBS (1-)
Pop (1-)

Canada Global (1)
Australia 9Now (1)
Australia9Go! (1)
 United States
Gran Hermano Telemundo Season 1, 2016: Pedro Orta[16] Giselle Blondet
 Vietnam Người giấu mặt VTV6 Season 1, 2013–14: Hoàng Sơn Việt Huy Khánh

References[change | change source]

  1. Mozambique became also eligible to participate since 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Big Brother Angola on DStv Portuguesa". DStv. 15 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  3. "Arab Big Brother show suspended". BBC News. 1 March 2004.
  4. Due to the car accident that killed three former housemates, Elmir Kuduzović, Stevan Zečević and Zorica Lazić, the producer decided to discontinue the series. The winning prize was divided by the surviving housemates.
  5. This version was only produced in Serbia.
  6. On August 31, 2009, TQS changed its name to V.
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  8. Promi Big Brother 2019: Sat.1 bestätigt Staffel 7 - Was bisher bekannt ist..., 2018-08-31. (German)
  9. Seasons 1 through 7 were not based on the Big Brother license.
  10. Co-produced version with Norway and Sweden taking part.
  11. "Big Brother Türkiye Full HD izle - Star TV".
  12. "Big Brother Türkiye".
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  15. Andreeva, Nellie (5 May 2018). "'Celebrity Big Brother' Renewed For Season 2 By CBS". Deadline.
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