Brian Dowling to host Big Brother on Channel 5

Ultimate BB winner returns to front reboot of reality show

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Brian Dowling has been named as the new presenter of Big Brother, set to begin on Channel 5 with a celebrity edition next month.

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The Ultimate Big Brother champion and winner of series two of the programme will replace Davina McCall, who fronted the show for a decade on Channel 4. 

Emma Willis, the Big Brother’s Little Brother presenter last year, will return on the Channel 5 equivalent, Big Brother’s Bit on the Side. 

It’s understood that Geordie narrator Marcus Bentley will also reprise his role on the rebooted programme.  

Dowling, 33, said: “I am so excited about this opportunity to host
one of the most talked about shows on TV. It is ten years since I won Big
Brother so what better way to celebrate and mark that anniversary than
to be asked to host the new series.

“It’s on a new channel
and a fresh start for the show that has kept the nation entertained for
11 years and I am so excited to be a part of it!”

At present, no contestants have been confirmed for the celebrity series in August, nor the regular run of the fly-on-the-wall show, slated for the autumn. 

Names currently being rumoured in the tabloids for next month’s Channel 5 debut include super-injunction pin-up Imogen Thomas, model Abby Clancy, 80s pop star Steve Strange, retired boxer Ricky Hatton and Amy Childs from ITV2 constructed reality hit The Only Way Is Essex.

Jeff Ford, Channel 5 director of programmes,
said: “As The Ultimate Big Brother housemate, Brian is the perfect man
to be at the helm of Big Brother’s new incarnation. Emma, meanwhile, is a
consummate professional – as well as being a self-confessed superfan.

“Their
combined expertise and first-hand experience of the show will bring an
extra dimension to Big Brother when it returns this summer.”

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Created by Dutch production company Endemol, Big Brother began in the UK in 2000 on Channel 4.  In April 2011, Channel 5 confirmed they’d signed a two-year deal to carry the show, rumoured to be worth around £200 million.