Big Brother bosses make last attempt to save show by bringing back old favourite
Big Brother bosses will make a last ditch attempt to save the struggling show by reviving an old spin-off show.
In a bid to win back viewers, producers are bringing back Big Brother’s Little Brother for an early evening slot.
This will come at the expense of current sister show Bit On The Side, which will be ‘axed’ to make way for some more light-hearted entertainment.
The shake-up to the schedule comes as bosses desperately try to boost dwindling viewing figures by taking Big Brother back to its roots.
There are fears the reality TV series will be given the chop when Channel 5’s contract finishes at the end of the year.
A show source told the Daily Star : "Ratings for Bit On The Side have dropped in recent years. It is felt that it has had its time.
"Channel 5 now want Big Brother’s spin-off to be like it was years ago. So it makes sense to bring back Little Brother."
The new spin-off show will reportedly air every night before Big Brother, marking a drastic change as BOTS airs after the main show.
The source added: "It will be a more relaxed affair without any swearing or the naughty games people often saw on Bit On The Side."
There are no worries for Rylan Clark-Neal though, as the BOTS host is being lined-up to present Little Brother.
He will follow in the footsteps of famous former presenters Dermot O’Leary and George Lamb.
Current Big Brother host Emma Willis was co-host during the final series of the show in 2010.
Recently, Emma admitted the reality show’s future is in doubt after it airs this summer.
Emma, 42, said: “I don’t know, we’re all waiting. I think they’re in negotiations at the minute. I’d hate to see it disappear.
“Fingers crossed we have a fantastic summer series and the channel want to keep it.”
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