Big Brother has been off our screens for a year but there is a new glimmer of hope that it could return to its original home in the future.
Speaking to Deadline, Channel 4 director of programs Ian Katz said he would consider bringing back the show to its original home and would not dismiss Endemol Shine Group producer Initial for talks after Channel 5 axed the show last year.
“I’d keep an open mind about pretty much any format,” Katz said. “One of the things we’ve learned in the last few years is how effectively almost any historic format can be rebooted in really interesting, creative ways.”
Katz comments come amid rumours Endemol are looking to bring the show back and are talking to broadcasters about a revival. He made clear that Endemol has not reached to the network about a possible revival.
The network denied Deadline’s report in a statement and refuted Katz’s comments.
“There are no plans for Big Brother to return to Channel 4,” the broadcaster said in a statement.
Big Brother first aired on Channel 4 in 2000 before it was axed in 2010 and a year later it moved to Channel 5, where it ran until 2018.
The news comes as Endemol is reviving the format around the globe, including a return to Australia in 2020 for the first time in over five years.