With the Big Brother compound under going a major revamp, the return of the Channel 5 series is expected to delay the start of this summer’s series, it has been revealed.
Big Brother 2016 could be set for one of its latest starts in show history with it starting mid-to-late June. Last year, Channel 5 changed the show’s schedule for Big Brother: Timebomb starting in early May. The move created a five week gap between the end of the civilian run and the start of Celebrity Big Brother.
The broadcaster has not yet confirmed the start for the civilian and celebrity run, but it is expected to be delayed with construction at Elstree Studios not yet close to be completed.
Construction on the compound began last month on its biggest renovation in 14 years. A new two-story house and a brand new indoor and outdoor sets for the live eviction shows.
The delay would also give time for presenter Emma Willis time to recover from giving birth to her third child. Her due date is set for the first week in May.
If the show does start in mid-June, it would clash with Euro 2016 tournament. It would also be the latest summer launch since the very first series of the show, which started in July.
According to The Daily Star, the end of the civilian series and the start of Celebrity Big Brother will see no gap between the shows. Last year, there was a gap between the end of ‘Timebomb’ and UK vs. USA – which was the least watched celebrity series to date.
Big Brother returns to Channel 5 in June.