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ITV just confirmed the Celebrity Big Brother start date

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A new year means new Big Brother, and in March, we’ll officially have the first revamped series of Celebrity Big Brother. That’s right, after six years away the series that saw Gemma Collins shout “I’m claustrophobic Darren” and Amy Childs give Jedward a ‘vajazzle’ is making a comeback, and we’re already counting down the days.

If like us you cannot wait to see a group of celebrities hauled up in a house together with only each other to entertain themselves, then here’s everything we know about the next Celebrity Big Brother series.

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When will Celebrity Big Brother be released?

ITV confirmed CBB will be coming to screens in March 2024, while sharing the first trailer for the new series, before announcing the specific release date as Monday 4th March at 9pm on ITV1, STV, ITVX and STV Player.

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When was Celebrity Big Brother confirmed?

On Friday 10th November, ITV confirmed Celebrity Big Brother is officially happening during the ad break for the live show.

And following up to confirm the exciting news host AJ Odudu said on the live show: “We hope you were paying attention in the break!” And co-host Will Best said: “You are not going to want to miss it!”

Unlike Big Brother which currently airs on ITV2 and ITVX, Celebrity Big Brother will be shown on ITV1 and ITVX. It will be followed by Celebrity Big Brother: Late & Live on ITV2 and ITVX, and the livestream will also return, airing seven nights a week.

Speaking of the release ITV said: “Celebrity Big Brother will see a new cast of famous faces isolated from the outside world as they embark on the ultimate social experiment, taking up residence in the iconic Big Brother house.

“Leaving luxury behind, the celebrities will take part in weekly nominations and tough tasks with cameras capturing their every move. Who will win the hearts of the nation, go all the way to the finish line and be crowned the winner?”

Back in October a report in Broadcast claimed a celebrity version of the series was in the works, however a spokesperson from ITV clarified they are currently focusing on the civilian version of Big Brother.

They said: “At present we are focused on the current series of Big Brother and any announcements regarding future series will be made in due course.”

It’s also been confirmed a second series of the civilian Big Brother will be happening. Woohoo!

What is Celebrity Big Brother?

Celebrity Big Brother started in 2001, a year after the first series of the original Big Brother and was initially a spin-off version for Comic Relief. It went on for eight days and saw Jack Dee as the winner.

It returned again in 2002 for another short version where celebrities were in the house for 10 days.

Celebrity Big Brother took a two year break before returning in 2005 and since then a series has aired every year Big Brother was on air, often airing two seasons per year.

The show follows a similar format to the civilian version, except the winner is competing to win the prize fund for a charity of their choice rather than themselves.

Who could be on the cast of Celebrity Big Brother?

Over the years there’s been many iconic Celebrity Big Brother contestants from Gemma Collins, to Katie Price, to Tiffany Pollard step foot into the Celebrity Big Brother house, so who could be in the running next?

When the series was initially announced a number of reports suggested ex-ITV presenter Phillip Schofield and Jennifer Arcuri, who had an alleged affair with Boris Johnson, could potentially be some of the celebrities the series is interested in signing up.

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A source told the MailOnline: “Celebrity Big Brother is coming back and ITV want massive names to kick it off. CBB is the perfect place for stars who are riding off the wave of a scandal, or something big happening in their lives.

“Phillip Schofield is someone they’re going to approach, as well as people like Jennifer Arcuri, who had an alleged fling with Boris.”

Earlier this year Phillip Schofield stepped down from all his TV commitments with ITV following his admission to having an “unwise but not illegal” relationship with a much younger colleague whilst he was still married and prior to publicly coming out as gay.

Jennifer Arcuri alleged she had an affair with Boris Johnson for four years while he was Mayor of London. At the time Johnson’s press secretary said of the accusations: “He does believe in the wider principles of integrity and honesty. He acts with integrity and is honest. He follows the Nolan principles when conducting himself in public life.”

And now according to a new report in The Sun, Prince Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson aka Fergie is in talks to join the series. Also said to be in talks for joining the series are Rebekah Vardy and former X Factor judge Louis Walsh.

A source told the publication: “The team behind the programme are being clever about the kind of celebs they’re considering.

“They don’t just want big names in there — they want stars who will bring something truly intriguing. Louis is just the kind of figure they want in the house — someone with serious life experience who not only has something to say, but isn’t afraid to say it.”

However, as of yet no celebrities have officially been confirmed to be taking part in the series. Guess we’ll just have to wait a little longer to find out about the future cast of Celebrity Big Brother.

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Lydia Venn

Senior Entertainment and Lifestyle Writer

 Lydia Venn is Cosmopolitan UK’s Senior Entertainment and Lifestyle Writer. She covers everything from , to the latest celebrity news. She also writes across our work/life section regularly creating , covering exciting new releases and sharing the latest must-haves. In her role she’s interviewed everyone from Margot Robbie to Niall Horan, and her work has appeared on an episode of . After completing a degree in English at the University of Exeter, Lydia moved into journalism, writing for the , before working as Features Editor at , where she spoke on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and Talk Radio. She has an encyclopedic knowledge of Gilmore Girls and 00s teen movies, and in her free time can be found with a margarita in hand watching the Real Housewives on repeat. Find her on .
 

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