Big Brother (TV series)

Big Brother (TV series)

Big Brother is a television show in which a group of people live together in a large house, isolated from the outside world but continuously watched by television cameras. Each series lasts for around three months, and there are usually fewer than 15 participants. The housemates try to win a cash prize by avoiding periodic evictions from the house. The idea for the show is said to have come during a brainstorm session at the Dutch production house of John de Mol Produkties (an independent part of Endemol) on 4 September 1997. The first Big Brother broadcast was in the Netherlands in 1999 on the Veronica TV channel. It was picked up by Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Portugal, the US, the UK, Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland and Italy the following year and became a world-wide sensation. Since then it has been a prime-time hit in almost 70 countries. The show's name comes from George Orwell's 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, a dystopia in which Big Brother can always spy on the inhabitants of the dictatorship he heads through their television sets, with the slogan "Big Brother is watching you."



Although each country has made its own adaptations and changes to the format "Housemates" or "Houseguests" are confined to a specially designed house where their every action is recorded by cameras and microphones at all times and they are not permitted an

In most versions, at regular intervals (normally once weekly, as introduced in the UK version, although in most early series it was every two weeks), the housemates are invited to vote to have one of a number of nominated housemates evicted from the house. In some cases two housemates may be evicted simultaneously (a "double eviction"), or rarely, no housemates will be removed for that week. At the end of the game, the last remaining housemate is declared the winner of that particular series and receives prizes, often including a large amount of money, a car, a vacation and (in some editions) a house.

From a sociological and demographic perspective, this format allows the opportunity for analysis of how people react when forced into close confinement with people who lie outside their comfort zone, since they may hold different opinions or ideals from other contestants, or simply belong to a different group of people than a contestant normally interacts with. Indeed, the format is ideally suited to such analysis because the viewer is afforded the opportunity to see how a person reacts on the outside through the constant recording of their actions and also what they feel on the inside through the Diary Room/Confession Room. The results can range from violent or angry confrontations to genuine and tender connections (often including romantic interludes), providing entertainment to the public.

Besides living together under continuous observation, which is the major attraction of the contest, the program relies on four basic props: The stripped-bare back-to-basics environment in which they live, the evictions, the weekly tasks and competitions set by Big Brother and the "Diary/Confession Room," in which the housemates individually convey their thoughts, feelings, and frustrations and reveal their nominees for eviction.

In the first season of most series of Big Brother, the house that the housemates had to live in was very basic. Although essential amenities such as running water, furniture and a limited ration of food were provided, luxury items were often forbidden. This added a survivalist element to the show, increasing the potential for social tension within the house. Nowadays, almost all series provide a modern house for the contest, with a jacuzzi, sauna, VIP suite, loft and other luxuries.

The housemates are required to do housework, and are set tasks by the producers of the show, who communicate with the housemates via the omnipresent authority figure known to them only as "Big Brother." The tasks are designed to test their teamwork abilities and community spirit, and in some countries the housemates' shopping budget or weekly allowance often depends on the outcome of any given tasks. The housemates have a weekly allowance with which they can buy food and other essentials.

At regular intervals, the housemates each privately nominate a number of fellow housemates that they wish to see evicted from the house. The housemates with the most nomination points are then announced and viewers are given the opportunity to vote via telephone for whom they wish to see evicted. The only known exception to this process is the American version, in which the housemates themselves vote to evict each other. After the votes are tallied, the "evictee" leaves the house and is interviewed live by the host of the show, usually in front of a studio audience.

The series is notable for involving the Internet. Although the show typically broadcasts daily updates in the evening (which are sometimes criticized for their heavy editing), viewers can also watch a continuous, 24-hour feed from multiple cameras on the web. These websites were highly successful, even after some national series started charging for access to the video stream. In some countries, Internet broadcasting was supplemented by updates via email, WAP and SMS. The House is even shown live on satellite television, although in some countries, such as the UK, with a 10-15 minute delay to allow libelous or unacceptable content (such as references to people who are not taking part in the program and have therefore not consented to have personal information about them broadcast) to be removed.

Despite derision from many critics, the show has been a commercial success around the world. The voyeuristic nature of the show, in which contestants volunteer to surrender their privacy in return for minor celebrity status and a comparatively small cash prize, has attracted much scorn.[1] On numerous occasions, participants in the various series have become sexually involved with each other, sometimes engaging in intercourse in front of Big Brother's cameras. This recorded material is typically not broadcast due to its explicit nature, as in the Australian and American editions. Other editions, however, such as the German and British versions, do broadcast it. The Internet stream also captures such moments, which has led to some controversy, with certain jurisdictions such as Greece attempting to have the show removed from the airwaves.[1]

Most international versions of the show remain quite similar to each other in that their main format remains true to the original fly on the wall, observational style, with the emphasis being on human relationships. This is taken to the extent that contestants are forbidden from discussing nominations or voting strategy altogether. The US version, however, has since 2001 taken on a significantly different format from the others in their second season, with a far stronger emphasis on strategy, competition and voting.

Isolation of contestants

Big Brother contestants are, for the most part, isolated within the house. They have no access to television, radio or the internet and are not allowed routine communication with the outside world. (In special instances the producers have allowed contestants to view televised events; in the UK series the housemates were allowed to watch a 2002 World Cup match, the Inauguration of Barack Obama, and the 2010 World Cup 2nd round game England versus Germany, sometimes as a reward for winning a challenge. In the Philippine series, the housemates also watched the pilot episode of Angelito: Batang Ama as a surprise by Big Brother and the fight between Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez as a reward by winning a task). In some shows books and writing materials are also forbidden. Sometimes in series with this rule an exception is made for religious materials such as the Bible, Torah or Qur'an. Some versions (including the British version) ban all writing implements, extending to any item that can be used to write such as lipstick or eyeliner. Despite the fact that the housemates are generally isolated, on some occasions some houseguests are allowed to exit the house as part of tasks. Housemates are sometimes permitted to exit the house in case of emergencies but must return within 24 hours to avoid being eliminated from the game.

Contestants have regularly scheduled interactions with the show's host (mostly on eviction nights). Throughout each day the program's producer, via the "Big Brother" voice, issues directives and commands to contestants. Some versions of the show allow private counselling sessions with a psychologist. These are allowed at any time, often conducted by telephone from the Diary Room.

Contact from the outside world has taken place in the form of fly-overs by planes carrying banners with messages for the contestants. Whenever these planes are discovered by producers, the house guests are ordered indoors by Big Brother in an effort to prevent them from reading the banners.[citation needed]

Variations in the format

Location of different versions of Big Brother
  • There are six special pan-regional versions of Big Brother. All these follow the normal Big Brother rules with the exception that contestants must come from each of the different countries in the region where it airs:
  • In the third UK series, Big Brother set live tasks for the housemate on a Saturday night in order to win treats. This format was discontinued in the fifth series due to poor ratings. This format has been used in Australia in the form of Friday Night Live.
  • The fifth UK edition introduced the "Evil" touch, whereby the character of Big Brother became almost a villain. Big Brother was establishing punishments and was proposing hard tasks and secret tricks. This was also seen in Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Pacific, Scandinavia, Serbia, Spain, Thailand, Philippines and Mexico.
  • The sixth UK series introduced secret missions where housemate would be able to win luxuries if they completed a secret task set by Big Brother.
  • In the seventh UK series, Big Brother became "twisted." Every week, housemates' mental states were put to the test as Big Brother tried to break them. As a result of this, many housemates broke down.
  • The eighth UK series saw an all-female house. However, two days later, one male housemate entered. The same twist was used in Big Brother 4 Bulgaria. Big Brother Africa 4 used the same twist using an all male launch show instead of females.
  • Since BB2, The UK series always opens with a twist which have included the public being able to choose the final housemate out of 3 possibilities (BB2), the public voting for a housemate to leave during the first week and then the housemates choosing between the two housemates with the least number of votes (BB3), First Night Nominations (BB4), Suit Case Nominations (BB5), Unlucky Housemate 13 (BB6), Big Brother Hood (BB7), an all-female House and the first inclusion of twins as contestants (BB8), the first couple to enter as housemates and set a secret task to hide their real relationship (BB9), all "housemates" really being "non housemates" who had to earn their housemate status (BB10), a mole entering the House with an "Impossible Task" (BB11), Jackie Stallone entering a house containing her son's ex-wife (CBB3), entrance of a non-celebrity in a celebrity edition (CBB4) Jade Goody's family announced to be visiting. (CBB5). In 2009 during the sixth celebrity series, LaToya Jackson was first to enter and walked straight into the bedrooms - which are usually locked until everyone has arrived - and entered a private bedroom she put her bag on the bed to claim it as her own, it was assumed this was pre-arranged [1], Terry Christian became Head Of House - which had been used in the latter weeks of the previous non-celebrity series - and had to choose three housemates to face the first eviction, which the others later voted to save one of the nominees, Ben Adams, leaving Lucy Pinder and eventual winner Ulrika Jonsson to face the first eviction. In the summer series of 2004 the house at first was empty with only crates to sit on and none of the new arrivals were given housemate status, and had to earn it by doing tasks, some of which were minor sacrifices, the most notable were Noirin Kelly shaving off her hair and drawing a mustache and glasses on her face, which she had to do for almost three weeks until she won a chance to stop doing it, Freddie Fisher and eventual winner Sophie Reade changed their names by deedpoll to Halfwit and Dogface respectively, they were addressed by these names by Big Brother for nine weeks - although their fellow housemates could refer to them by their original names except during nominations - they were given a present by Big Brother in Week 10 to have their original names back. On Day 4 the six people who had not received housemate status were put up for a public vote, the person with the least votes - which turned out to be Beinazir Lasharie - had to leave immediately, the house was then transformed into looking like a Big Brother house. Other countries such as Bulgaria and the United States (and previously Australia) have now started using these opening night twists.
  • The fifth UK edition introduced "Fake evictions" where one or two housemates are "evicted"; however, unbeknownst to the housemates, they have in fact not been evicted. The housemate/s usually are put into a secret house where numerous twists happen. In the eighth UK Series one housemate was evicted, interviewed, and then sent straight back into the house. The housemates in the house got to see everything live, though.
  • In France and Canada, the format has been developed using couples. 12 single people stay in the same house until only the winning couple are left.
  • Big Brother US currently uses a different set of rules that began with the second season (the first season used the traditional format). Nominations are done by one houseguest, the Head of Household (HoH) and the houseguests vote for which nominee to evict, not the viewers. The third season introduced the Power of Veto, where a houseguest can save a nominee causing the Head of Household to name a replacement nominee. It's been adapted in Brazil and Africa and since then some countries modified their nominations rules.
  • The eighth American season introduced "America's Player," a houseguest that is given assignments, unknown to the other houseguests, through votes from the viewing public. Included in the public voting is which nominated houseguest America's Player should vote off and campaign to get evicted. (Dan was "America's Player" on Big Brother 10 (U.S) This was also seen in the second Teen Edition and third regular season of the Philippine version as the "House Player."
  • The third Dutch edition introduced the notion of "The Battle," in which the house is separated into a luxurious half and a poor half, with two teams of housemates constantly fighting for time in the luxurious half. Separated houses have also been used in:
    • Netherlands, 2001 and Netherlands, 2002, The Housemates lived in a house with 2 areas: Rich and Poor.
    • Poland, 2002, The Housemates lived in a house with 2 areas: Rich and Poor.
    • UK, 2002, The Housemates lived in a house with 2 areas: Rich and Poor (effective from the 3rd to 6th week).
    • Australia, 2003, The Housemates lived in a house with 2 areas: Round House and Square House (effective until Day 22).
    • Denmark, 2003, The Housemates lived in a house with 2 areas: Rich and Poor.
    • Germany, 2003, The Housemates lived in a house with 2 areas: Rich and Poor.
    • Greece, 2003, The Housemates lived in a house with 2 areas: Rich and Poor.
    • Norway, 2003, The Housemates lived in a house with 2 areas: Rich and Poor.
    • Spain, 2004, The Housemates lived in a house with 2 areas: Rich and Poor.
    • Germany, 2004-2005, The Housemates lived in a house with 3 areas: Rich, Normal and Survivor.
    • Scandinavian Peninsula, 2005, The Housemates lived in a house with 2 areas: Norwegian House and Swedish House (effective on the 1st week).
    • Germany, 2005-2006, The Housemates lived in a village with 3 houses. Rich, Normal and Poor.
    • Slovakia, 2005, The Housemates lived in a house with 2 areas: Rich and Poor.
    • Italy, 2006, The Housemates lived in a house with 2 areas: Rich and Poor.
    • UK, 2007, The Housemates lived in a house with 2 areas: Masters (Luxurious area) and Servants (Basic area) (effective from the 3rd to 6th day).
    • Italy, 2007, The Housemates lived in a house with 2 areas: Normal and Dump.
    • Spain, 2008, The Housemates lived in a house with 2 areas: House Big Brother Season 10 and House Big Brother Season 1 (effective to 4th week).
    • Germany, 2008, The Housemates lived in a house with 2 areas: Rich and Poor.
    • Slovenia, 2008, The Housemates lived in a house with 2 areas: Rich and Poor.
    • Germany, 2008-2009, The Housemates lived in a house with 2 areas: Heaven and Hell.
    • UK, 2008, The Housemates lived in a house with 2 areas: Heaven and Hell (effective from the 6th to 10th week).
    • Brazil, 2009, The Housemates lived in a house with 2 areas: Rich and Poor (effective on the 1st week).
    • Israel, 2009, The Housemates lived in a house with 2 areas: Rich and Poor (effective from the 4th to the 8th week).
    • Spain, 2009-2010, The Housemates lived in a house with 2 areas: Normal house and Spy house (effective to 6th week).
    • Finland, 2009, The Housemates lived in a house with 2 areas: Paradise and Slum (effective from the 2nd to 10th week).
    • Philippines, 2009, there are two separate group of housemates who lived in two different houses: House A (Antoni Gaudí architectural design inspired) and House B (Vincent van Gogh paintings inspired). (effective until the 9th week; each two sets of housemates compete each other for the weekly allowance. Two nominees from each house are nominated every week. The lowest number of votes is evicted. House B was re-opened on the 16th week as part of a season twist).
    • US, 2009-present: HouseGuests had to compete to become Haves or Have Nots. Have Nots were required to sleep in the Have Not Bedroom, which contained simply a large metal bed with a thin pillow and blanket for Season 11 but in Season 12 they were forced to sleep on a lawn chair. Have Nots were only able to eat slop and could only take cold showers. Season 13's Have Not Room looked like an insane asylum padded room type room and the Have Nots for the week were forced to keep the lights on 24/7.
    • Serbia, VIP 2010, The Housemates lived in a house with 2 areas: Rich and Poor.
    • Albania, 2010, The Housemates lived in a house with 2 areas: Rich and Poor.
    • Philippines Teen 3, 2010, The Housemates lived in a house with 2 areas: The Villa and The Apartment.
    • Spain, 2010, The Housemates lived in a house with 2 areas: Normal house and Future house (effective to 6th week). Then the Normal house became "La Casa Repesca" where ex-housemates competing to become housemates of the future Big Brother.
    • Africa, 2010, The Housemates lived in the house without knowing that Evicted Housemates were exiled in the Barn where they watched the house and the Barnmates were able to nominate the housemates living in the house without the Housemates knowing. (Effective for 63 days from Day 14 to Day 77)
    • Africa, 2011, The Housemates lived in two houses, Heads & Tails. (Effective for 50 days from Day 7 to Day 57)
    • Ex Yugoslavia, 2011, The Housemates lived in a house with 2 areas: Luxurious and Dump.
    • Philippines, 2011, Housemates are living in four Houses: Slums, Industrial House,Resort and a Christmas Inspired House
  • In Germany a new version of the show started: Big Brother - Das Dorf (Big Brother - The Village). It was the sixth season and started the same day season 5 ended. This was the first version supposed to run for years (without a predetermined end). It was set in a small artificial village including a church tower, a marketplace, 3 houses, 3 working areas (farm, car garage, dressmaking, a matcharena, a pub, a fitness room, and later a small hotel, into which celebrities from the real world could move). The season ended after 363 days in February 2006 because of low ratings. In season seven, RTL II switched back to a traditional version.
  • The fourth Greek season introduced a new element: the mother. In Big Mother, nine housemates take part in the game with their mothers, with whom they must coexist during the contest. The "mamas" were not able to win the prize but they would stay with their children until their eviction. However, this proved to be a failure with the show's audience and the show switched back to the traditional Big Brother format in mid-season. This concept, in modified form, was used in the second Philippine Teen edition, wherein the guardians. the housemates' kins, had a separate winner.
  • In the tenth week of Seventh UK season, the housemates were paired with their "best friend" in the house and had to nominate and face eviction as couples. The ninth American season took this format and added a romantic aspect, by pairing the Housemates up and having them compete as couples chosen by their compatibility to each other.
  • The ninth Brazilian season featured the "Bubble," a glass house built inside a shopping mall in Rio de Janeiro where 4 housemate-wannabes lived for a week until 2 of them were voted to enter the actual household. Later in the same season, a new "Bubble" was built inside the Big Brother household, with another 2 housemates living inside it for a week until they were voted in and the glass house dismantled.
  • Introduced in the fifth season of the American series, several countries have included twins, and in some cases triplets, in their shows. Series that have used Housemates who are twins or triplets are:
    • US, 2004, Adria Montgomery-Klein and Natalie Montgomery-Carroll, 7th (Adria) and 8th (Natalie) Evicted, Used Name: "Adria."
    • Australia, 2005, David and Greg Matthew, 14th Evicted (David) and Winner (Greg, although the prize money was split), Used Name: "Logan" (Middle name of both Twins).
    • Germany, 2005-2006, Beate and Birgit, 26th Evicted (Beate) and 33rd Evicted (Birgit).
    • Bulgaria, 2006, Lyubov, Nadejda, and Vyara Stancheva, 7th (Nadejda) and 9th (Vyara) Evicted, Winner (Lyubov), Used Name: "Vyara."
    • UK, 2007, Amanda and Sam Marchant, 2nd Place (both were treated separately until Day 68 when they became one). They were then known in the media as Samanda
    • France, 2007, Marjorie, Cyrielle and Johanna Bluteau, Winners (They competed as a team).
    • Spain, 2007, Conchi and Pamela De Los Santos, 2nd Place.
    • Poland, 2007, Aneta and Martyna Bielecka, 4th Evicted (They were discovered as twins), Used Name: "Martyna."
    • India, 2008, Sana and Alina, 4th Evicted (Sana was introduced as Alina but the housemates soon found her to be different person and both were out at the eviction)
    • Israel, 2008, Leon and Boris Schneiderovsky, 1st Evicted (Boris) and 5th Place (Leon).
    • Africa, 2009, Edward and Erastus Moongo, 7th Evicted (Erastus) and 3rd Place (Edward).
    • Serbia, 2009 Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro, Admir and Enis Mujabašić, and Violeta and Kristina Raleva.
    • Philippines, 2009, Kenny & Toffi Santos and JM & JP Lagumbay. The twins in each set originally must switch roles when instructed (only true with the Santos twins after JP's exit, but JM must still assume JP's identity when instructed). JP voluntary exited and JM along with the Santos Twins were forcibly evicted.
    • Portugal, 2010, Renato and Mário Lima. They have to take turns in the house without the other housemates discover that they are twins. If they succeed they become two housemates, if they don't, both will be up for eviction and one of them will leave. The name used during the turns is Renato. The secret was found on Day 2 and therefore both are up for eviction. On Day 4 Mário was evicted, being the first housemate evicted on the series. Renato was the 5th housemate evicted, on Day 28.
    • Israel, 2011, Rinat and Shiran Guitter, 4th Evicted (Shiran) and 5th Evicted (Rinat).
    • France, 2011, Zarko and Zelko, the Master of the underground
    • UK, 2011, Jedward, joined as one housemate finishing in 3rd Place.
    • Ukraine, 2011, Nazar and Taras, enter in the house on Day 42,Taras (Walked day 57)
  • A variation of the above twist was done in the second Celebrity Edition of the Philippine version wherein two housemates related by profession or as familial relationships are considered as 2-in-1 housemates wherein they were to play as one housemate until an appointed time.
  • In Celebrity Hijack UK evicted housemates were given the opportunity to affect the house one last time and had to choose if a "ninja" delivered good or bad gifts to the house. Later that year Big Brother Australia 2008 introduced the 'Housemate Hand Grenade,' where the evicted housemate was given the power to decide which housemate receives a big brother devised penalty.
  • Big Brother 5 Bulgaria, which started in early 2010 introduced a new family format - Big Brother Family. For the very first time whole families entered the House with their spouses, children and relatives. They received a salary for their stay and the winning family will receive a big cash prize, a car and an apartment.
  • The twelfth American season featured a Saboteur who entered the house to "wreak havoc on their fellow HouseGuests", with tasks suggested by viewers. The Big Brother Saboteur will not be eligible to win the game, but will be able to receive financial reward if they can reach the halfway point of the game. However, the Saboteur was evicted in the first week by the Houseguests therefore losing the possible reward. Later in the same season Big Brother announced that a new Saboteur may be unleashed in the house, and America voted on who they wanted the new Saboteur to be, and if they accept the offer, they have to act out two week of havoc in the house and if successful for those two weeks, he or she will earn a financial reward.
  • Big Brother Africa 6 in 2011 is the first season of Big Brother in the world to have 2 winners, each getting $200,000.
  • The thirteenth American season introduced "Dynamic Duos" for the first time, where 8 new houseguests would enter the house with 3 duos from seasons past. The 8 new contestants would pair up, and all 7 teams of 2 would compete. If a contestants partner won Head of Household, they would be immune for that week. The Head of Household would nominate one duo for eviction, and the power of veto could save one duo from the block. If someone's partner got evicted, the surviving partner would receive the big brother golden key, where they were immune from all evictions until there were 10 players left. Those players with the golden key would not be eligible to compete in any competitions. The final 10 marked the end of the twists. It later returned for week 8 only after the HOH opened Pandor'a Box.
  • The fourth Philippine season features Unli-Day and Unli-Night, where two separate groups of housemates will be covered by two separate main programs.
  • The fourth Philippine season introduced reserved housemates, a number of shortlisted auditionees who are given a chance to be an official housemate by completing several tasks by Big Brother. This is also used in Argentina's seventh season.
  • The Philippine version has introduced the 100 Seconds session in which housemates are given a chance to see, talk and be with their loved one for only 100 seconds inside the Confession Room. This was introduced in its first season and was later used in succeeding seasons.[2]

Special editions of Big Brother

Celebrity Big Brother / Big Brother VIP

The Big Brother format has been adapted in some countries in that the housemates are locally known celebrities (The celebrity status of the housemate can be rather limited, such as being the face of a US PETA advert and appearing in the UK show, Shilpa Shetty where no one had ever heard of her.) These shows are called Celebrity Big Brother or Big Brother VIP, depending on where the series is. In some countries, the prize money normally awarded to the winning housemate is donated to a charity, and all celebrities are paid to appear in the show as long as they do not voluntarily leave before their eviction or the end of the series. The rest of the format rules are almost the same as the ones from the original version, although in many occasions they are not so strict due to the exceptional character of the program. The series has been a prime-time hit in many countries and was aired for the first time in 1999, in the Netherlands.

  • A second variant appeared in the Netherlands in 2006: Hotel Big Brother. A group of celebrity hoteliers and a Big Boss run a hotel, collecting money for charity without nominations, evictions or winner.
  • A third variant appeared in the UK in early 2008: Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack, temporarily replacing the 2007 edition of Celebrity Big Brother while a racial abuse incident in Celebrity Big Brother 2007 cooled down. Instead of the celebrities playing the role of housemates, the celebrities in fact become Big Brother himself. The celebrities create tasks, hold nominations, and so on with the help of Big Brother. The housemates of the show are considered by the producers "Britain's most exceptional and extraordinary" 18-21 year olds. The prize for the winner of the series was £50,000.[3]
  • VIP Brother 3 Bulgaria introduced in 2009 an entirely new conception of the show, where the celebrities compete for charity causes, and sometimes they are allowed to leave the House in order to gain money for the given cause, which is different each week.

Other editions

The Big Brother format has been extensively modified in some countries, most often to the point where the housemates are either teenagers or housemates from previous seasons. The winners of these seasons are often eligible to win the prize for themselves, unlike most of the celebrity edition versions.

  • Big Brother: Ty wybierasz (Big Brother: You Decide - Poland, season 1: 13 days; season 2: 7 days). A group of people -10 in season 1 and 6 in season 2- living together and competing for a pair of spots in the next regular season. It was made before the first two main Big Brother seasons. Without nominations or evictions.
  • Big Brother, Tilbake I Huset (Big Brother, Back In The House - Norway, 9 days). The BB1 Norway housemates living together again. They also welcome 4 new housemates, who are competing for a spot in the next regular season. Without nominations or evictions.
  • Big Brother Stjärnveckan (Big Brother, Week Of Stars - Sweden, 6 days); Big Brother, Reality All Star (Denmark, 32 days); Gran Hermano: el Gran Reencuentro (Spain, current season). Season with contestants from several reality shows, including Big Brother.
  • Big Brother Panto (United Kingdom, 11 days). Housemate from previous series spent time in the Big Brother House in order to perform a pantomime at the end of the series.
  • Teen Big Brother (United Kingdom, 10 days; Philippines, 42 days (Season 1), 77 days (Season 2), 78 days (Season 3)). Teenage housemates (15 years old and above) competing in a BB house.
  • Big Brother: All-Stars (Belgium, 21 days; United States, 72 days; United Kingdom, 18 days; Canada, 64 days; Africa, 91 days;Spain, 56 days.
  • Veliki Brat: Generalna Proba (Big Brother Try Out - Serbia, 7 days). 12 Serbian contestants competing for a spot in the next Big Brother Balkans season. Without nominations or evictions.
  • Gran Hermano: El Reencuentro (Spain, 56 Days): An All Stars special edition to celebrate ten years of show. Enemy ex-housemates compete, nominate and will be evicted in pairs.

There are also "test runs" with a group of celebrities or journalists living together in the house during a few days, with the only goal being testing out the house. There are occasions where people who have auditioned for the show are also put in the house, most notably in the British edition, where many housemates claim to have met before. Series such as these are known to occur in Argentina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Mexico, Pacific, Philippines, Spain and many other countries. In some cases, it is not broadcast, but in others, such as the US edition, it is used as a promotional tool.

Big Brother series

There are currently 257 winners of the Big Brother format. The most recent winner is Aaron Allard-Morgan from the UK.

Region/Country Local title Network Winners Main presenters
African Continent Big Brother Africa M-Net
DStv (Live)
United Kingdom E4 (Season 1)
United States The Africa Channel (Season 1 in 2008)

Season 1, 2003: Zambia Cherise Makubale
Season 2, 2007: Tanzania Richard Dyle Bezuidenhout
Season 3, 2008: Angola Ricardo Venancio
Season 4, 2009: Nigeria Kevin Chuwang
Season 6, 2011: Nigeria Karen Igho & Zimbabwe Wendall Parsons

Mark Pilgrim (Season 1)
Kabelo Ngakane (Season 2–3)
Ikponmwosa Osakioduwa (Season 4–6)
Big Brother Africa: All-Stars

Season 5, 2010: Nigeria Uti Nwachukwu

Albania Republic of Kosovo
Albania and Kosovo
Big Brother Top Channel
Digit-Alb (Live)

Season 1, 2008: Arbër Çepani
Season 2, 2009: Qetsor Ferunaj
Season 3, 2010: Jetmir Salaj
Season 4, 2010-2011: Ermela Mezuraj
Season 5, 2012: February 18

Arbana Osmani (Season 1–5)
Arab League Arab World بيغ براذر الرئيس
Big Brother Al-Rais

Season 1, 2004: Discontinued[4]

Razan Moughrabi (Season 1)
 Argentina Gran Hermano Telefe
Uruguay Canal 4
DirecTV (Live) (Season 1–3, 6-7)
Cablevisión (Live) (Season 4–5)

Season 1, 2001: Marcelo Corazza
Season 2, 2001: Roberto Parra
Season 3, 2002–2003: Viviana Colmenero
Season 4, 2007: Marianela Mirra
Season 5, 2007: Esteban Morais
Season 6, 2010-2011: Cristian Urrizaga
Season 7, 2011-2012: Current Season

Soledad Silveyra (Season 1–3)
Jorge Rial (Season 4–7)
Gran Hermano Famosos Telefe

Season 1, 2007: Diego Leonardi

Jorge Rial (Season 1)
 Australia Big Brother Australia Network Ten (Season 1–8)
Nine Network (Season 9)
New Zealand TV 2 (Season 1–3, 5)
New Zealand Prime (Season 4)

Season 1, 2001: United Kingdom Ben Williams
Season 2, 2002: Peter Corbett
Season 3, 2003: Regina Bird
Season 4, 2004: Fiji Trevor Butler
Season 5, 2005: Greg and David Matthew (Logan)
Season 6, 2006: Jamie Brooksby
Season 7, 2007: Aleisha Cowcher
Season 8, 2008: Terri Munro
Season 9, 2012: July/August

Gretel Killeen (Season 1–7)
Kyle Sandilands (Season 8)
Jackie O (Season 8)
TBD (Season 9)
Celebrity Big Brother Network Ten Season 1, 2002: Dylan Lewis Gretel Killeen (Season 1)
 Belgium Big Brother Kanaal Twee

Season 1, 2000: Steven Spillebeen
Season 2, 2001: Ellen Dufour
Season 3, 2002: Kelly Vandevenne
Season 4, 2003: Kristof van Camp
Season 5, 2006: Kirsten Janssens
Season 6, 2007: Diana Ferrante

Walter Grootaers (Season 1–6)
Big Brother VIPs vtm
Kanaal Twee

Season 1, 2001: Sam Gooris
Season 2, 2006: Pim Symoens

No Presenters
Big Brother All-Stars Kanaal Twee

Season 1, 2003: Heidi Zutterman

Walter Grootaers (Season 1)
 Brazil Big Brother Brasil Rede Globo
Portugal Globo Portugal (Season 8)
SKY (Live)

Season 1, 2002: Kléber de Paula
Season 2, 2002: Rodrigo Leonel
Season 3, 2003: Dhomini Ferreira
Season 4, 2004: Cida da Silva
Season 5, 2005: Jean Wyllys
Season 6, 2006: Mara Viana
Season 7, 2007: Diego Gasques
Season 8, 2008: Rafael Ribeiro
Season 9, 2009: Maximiliano Porto
Season 10, 2010: Marcelo Dourado
Season 11, 2011: Maria Melillo
Season 12, 2012: January 10

Pedro Bial (Season 1-12)
 Bulgaria Big Brother Nova Television
Nova+ (Live) (Season 1–4)
Diema Family (Live) (Season 5)

Season 1, 2004–2005: Zdravko Vasilev
Season 2, 2005: Miroslav Atanasov
Season 3, 2006: Lyubov Stancheva
Season 4, 2008: Georgi Alourkov

Niki Kunchev (Season 1–3, 5)
Milen Tsvetkov (Season 4)
Big Brother Family

Season 5, 2010: Eli & Vesselin Kouzmovi

VIP Brother Nova Television
Nova+ (Live) (Season 1–2)
Diema 2 (Live) (Season 3)

Season 1, 2006: Konstantin Slavov
Season 2, 2007: Hristina Stefanova
Season 3, 2009: Deyan Slavchev

Niki Kunchev (Season 1–3)
 Canada Loft Story TQS[5]

Season 1, 2003: Julie Lemay & Samuel Tissot
Season 2, 2006: Mathieu Baron & Stéphanie Bélanger
Season 3, 2006: Jean-Philippe Anwar & Kim Rusk
Season 4, 2007: Mathieu Surprenant
Season 5, 2008: Charles-Éric Boncoeur

Renée-Claude Brazeau (Season 1)
Isabelle Maréchal (Season 2)
Marie Plourde (Seasons 3–5)
Pierre-Yves Lord (Season 6)
Loft Story: La Revanche
(All-Stars Format)

Season 6, 2009: Sébastien Tremblay

Big Brother V

Season 1, 2010: Vincent Durand Dubé

Chéli Sauvé-Castonguay (Season 1)
Secret Story V

Season 1, 2012: January 15

Chéli Sauvé-Castonguay (Season 1)
 Colombia Gran Hermano Caracol TV

Season 1, 2003: Mónica Tejón

Adriana Arango (Season 1)
 Croatia Big Brother RTL Televizija

Season 1, 2004: Saša Tkalčević
Season 2, 2005: Hamdija Seferović
Season 3, 2006: Danijel Rimanić
Season 4, 2007: Vedran Lovrenčić
Season 5, 2008: Krešimir Duvančić

Daria Knez (Season 1)
Antonija Blaće (Season 2–6)
Marijana Mićić (Season 6)

Big Brother - Veliki Brat Bosnia and Herzegovina Pink BH
Croatia RTL Televizija
Republic of Macedonia Sitel
Montenegro Pink M
Serbia RTV Pink

Season 6, 2011: Croatia Marijana Čvrljak

Celebrity Big Brother RTL Televizija Season 1, 2008: Danijela Dvornik

Antonija Blaće (Season 1)

 Czech Republic Big Brother TV NOVA

Season 1, 2005: David Šín

Eva Aichmajerová (Season 1)
Lejla Abbasová (Season 1)
Leoš Mareš (Season 1)
 Denmark Big Brother TV Danmark (Season 1–3)
Kanal 5 (Season 4)

Season 1, 2001: Jill Liv Nielsen
Season 2, 2001: Carsten B. Berthelsen
Season 3, 2003: Johnni Madsen
Season 4, 2012: Spring 2012

Lisbeth Janniche (Season 1-3)
TBA (Season 4)
Big Brother VIP TV Danmark

Season 1, 2003: Thomas Bickham

Lisbeth Janniche (Season 1)
Big Brother Reality All-Stars TV Danmark

Season 1, 2004: Jill Liv Nielsen (Big Brother)

Lisbeth Janniche (Season 1)
 Ecuador Gran Hermano Ecuavisa

Season 1, 2003: David Burbano

Toty Rodríguez (Season 1)
 Finland Big Brother Sub

Season 1, 2005: Perttu Sirviö
Season 2, 2006: Sari Nygren
Season 3, 2007: Sauli Koskinen
Season 4, 2008: Anniina Mustajärvi
Season 5, 2009: Iran Aso Alanso
Season 6, 2010: Niko Nousiainen
Season 7, 2011: Current Season

Mari Kakko (Season 1–2)
Vappu Pimiä (Season 3–5)
Susanna Laine (Season 6–7)
Elina Viitanen (Season 6–7)

 France Loft Story France Andorra M6

Season 1, 2001: Christophe Mercy & Loana Petrucciani
Season 2, 2002: Karine Delgado & Thomas Saillofest

Benjamin Castaldi (Season 1–2)

Secret Story

France Andorra TF1
CanalSat (Live)
Season 1, 2007: Marjorie, Cyrielle and Johanna Bluteau ("Les Triplées")

Season 2, 2008: Belgium Matthias Pohl
Season 3, 2009: Emilie Nefnaf
Season 4, 2010: Benoit Dubois
Season 5, 2011: Marie Garet
Season 6, 2012: June

Benjamin Castaldi (Season 1–5)

Big Brother

RTL (Season 2–3)
Single TV (Season 2)
Tele 5 (Season 4–6)
MTV2 Pop (Season 4–5)
VIVA (Season 5, 9)
Premiere (Live) (Season 5–9)
Sky (Live) (Season 10–11)
9Live (Season 8)

Season 1, 2000: John Milz
Season 2, 2000: Alida Nadine Kurras
Season 3, 2001: Karina Schreiber
Season 4, 2003: Jan Geilhufe
Season 5, 2004–2005: Sascha Sirtl
Season 6, 2005–2006: Michael Knopf
Season 7, 2007: Michael Carstensen
Season 8, 2008: Silke "Isi" Kaufmann
Season 9, 2008–2009: Daniel Schöller
Season 10, 2010: Timo Grätsch
Season 11, 2011: Marco Sonnen "Rayo di Sole"

Percy Hoven (Season 1)
Oliver Geissen (Season 2–3)
Ruth Moschner (Season 5–6)
Oliver Petszokat (Season 6)
Charlotte Karlinder (Season 7-8)
Miriam Pielhau (Season 8–9)
Aleksandra Bechtel (Season 4, 10-11)
Sonja Zietlow (Season 11 - Opening Show)

Greece Cyprus
Greece and Cyprus

Big Brother

GreeceCyprus ANT1 (Season 1–4)
Greece Alpha TV[6] (Season 5)
Cyprus Sigma TV (Season 5)

Season 1, 2001: Giorgos Triantafyllidis
Season 2, 2002: Alexandros Moskhos
Season 5, 2010-2011: Giannis Foukakis

Andreas Mikroutsikos (Season 1–3)
Tatiana Stefanidou (Season 4)
Roula Koromila (Season 5)
The Wall
(The Battle Format)

Season 3, 2003: Thodores Jspógloy

Big Mother
(Family Format)

Season 4, 2005: Nikos Papadopoulos

 Hungary Big Brother Nagy Testvér TV2

Season 1, 2002: Éva Párkányi
Season 2, 2003: Zsófi Tóth

Claudia Liptai (Season 1–2)
Attila Till (Season 1–2)
Big Brother VIP TV2

Season 1, 2003: Gábor Bochkor
Season 2, 2003: Boros Lajos
Season 3, 2003: Zolee Ganxsta

Claudia Liptai (Season 1–3)
Attila Till (Season 1–3)
 India Bigg Boss
(Celebrity Format)
SET (Season 1)
Colors TV (Season 2-5)

Season 1, 2006-2007: Rahul Roy
Season 2, 2008: Ashutosh Kaushik
Season 3, 2009: Vindu Dara Singh
Season 4, 2010-2011: Shweta Tiwari
Season 5, 2011-2012: Current Season

Arshad Warsi (Season 1)
Shilpa Shetty (Season 2)
Amitabh Bachchan (Season 3)
Salman Khan (Season 4)
Sanjay Dutt (Season 5)
 Indonesia Big Brother Indonesia Trans TV

Season 1, 2011: Alan Wangsa

Ferdi Hassan (Season 1)
Indra Herlambang (Season 1)
Sarah Sechan (Season 1)
Shara Aryo (Season 1)
Celebrity Big Brother Indonesia Trans TV

Season 1, 2012: February

TBA (Season 1)
 Israel האח הגדול
HaAh HaGadol
Channel 2 - Keshet
HOT (Live)
Yes (Live)

Season 1, 2008: Shifra Cornfeld
Season 2, 2009-2010: Eliraz Sadeh
Season 3, 2010-2011: Yaakov "Jackie" Menahem
Season 4, 2011-2012: December

Erez Tal (Season 1–3)
Assi Azar (Season 1–3)
VIP האח הגדול
HaAh HaGadol VIP

Season 1, 2009: Dudi Melitz

Erez Tal (Season 1)
Assi Azar (Season 1)
 Italy Grande Fratello

Canale 5
Stream TV Live 24h (Season 1-3)
SKY Live 24h (Season 4-5, 8-9)
Mediaset Premium Live 24h (Season 6-12)

Season 1, 2000: Cristina Plevani
Season 2, 2001: Flavio Montrucchio
Season 3, 2003: Floriana Secondi
Season 4, 2004: Serena Garitta
Season 5, 2004: IsraelIran Jonathan Kashanian
Season 6, 2006: Augusto De Megni
Season 7, 2007: Milo Coretti
Season 8, 2008: Mario Ferretti
Season 9, 2009: MontenegroRomani people Ferdi Berisa
Season 10, 2009-2010: Mauro Marin
Season 11, 2010-2011: ItalyJapan Andrea Cocco
Season 12, 2011-2012: Current season

Daria Bignardi (Season 1–2)
Barbara D'Urso (Season 3-5)
Alessia Marcuzzi (Season 6-12)


Big Brother México

SKY (Live)
United States Univision (Season VIP 5)

Season 1, 2002: Rocío Cárdenas
Season 2, 2003: Silvia Irabien
Season 3, 2005: Evelyn Nieto

Adela Micha (Seasons 1–2)
Verónica Castro (Season 3)

Big Brother VIP

Season 1, 2002: Galilea Montijo
Season 2, 2003: Omar Chaparro
Season 3 (Part 1), 2004: Eduardo Videgaray
Season 3 (Part 2), 2004: Roxanna Castellanos
Season 4, 2005: Sasha Sökol
Season 5, 2012: February/March

Víctor Trujillo (Season 1)
Verónica Castro (Season 2-4)
TBA (Season 5)


Big Brother

Veronica (Season 1–2)
Yorin (Season 3-4)
Talpa (Season 5-6)

Season 1, 1999: Bart Spring in 't Veld
Season 2, 2000: Bianca Hagenbeek
Season 3, 2001: Sandy Boots
Season 4, 2002: Jeanette Godefroy
Season 5, 2005: Joost Hoebink
Season 6, 2006: Jeroen Visser

Rolf Wouters (Season 1)
Daphne Deckers (Season 1)
Esther Duller (Season 2)
Beau Van Erven Doren (Season 2)
Patty Brard (Season 3)
Martijn Krabbé (Season 4)
Ruud de Wild (Season 5)
Bridget Maasland (Season 5-6)

Big Brother VIPs Veronica (Season 1)
Talpa (Season 2)

Season 1, 2000: No winner
Season 2, 2006: No winner

Caroline Tensen (Season 2)

Secret Story NET 5

Season 1, 2011: Sharon Hooijkaas

Renate Verbaan (Season 1)
Bart Boonstra (Season 1)

Big Brother Nigeria

DStv (Live)
Season 1, 2006: Katung Aduwak Olisa Adibua (Season 1)
Michelle Dede (Season 1)
 Norway Big Brother Norge TVN (Season 1-3)
TV 2 Bliss (Season 4)

Season 1, 2001: Lars Joakim Ringom
Season 2, 2002: Veronica Agnes Roso
Season 3, 2003: Eva Lill Baukhol
Season 4, 2011: Current Season

Arve Juritzen (Season 1–2)
Trygve Rønningen (Season 3)
Petter Pilgaard (Season 4)
Sarah Natasha Melbye (Season 4)
Big Brother Norge - Tilbake I Huset
(Selection Contestants/All-Stars Format)

Season 1, 2001: Leena Brekke

Arve Juritzen (Season 1)

Chile Ecuador Peru
Pacific Region

Gran Hermano del Pacífico

Ecuador Telesistema
Chile RedTV
Peru ATV
Season 1, 2005: Ecuador Juan Sebastián López Lorena Meritano (Season 1)

Regional Main Presenters
Chile Álvaro Ballera & Álvaro García
Ecuador Janine Leal
Peru Juan Francisco Escobar

 Philippines Pinoy Big Brother ABS-CBN
SkyCable (Live)

Season 1, 2005: Nene Tamayo
Season 2, 2007: Beatriz Saw
Season 3, 2009–2010: Melisa Cantiveros
Season 4, 2011–2012: Current Season

Robi Domingo (Season 4)
Bianca Gonzalez (Season 2–4)
Mariel Rodriguez (Season 1–3)
Toni Gonzaga (Season 1–4)
Willie Revillame (Season 1)
Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition

Season 1, 2006: Keanna Reeves
Season 2, 2007–2008: Ruben Gonzaga

Luis Manzano (Season 1)
Mariel Rodriguez (Season 1–2)
Toni Gonzaga (Season 1–2)
Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition

Season 1, 2006: Kim Chiu
Season 2, 2008: Ejay Falcon
Season 3, 2010: Australia James Reid

Bianca Gonzalez (Season 1-3)
Luis Manzano (Season 2)
Mariel Rodriguez (Season 1–3)
Toni Gonzaga (Season 1–3)
 Poland Big Brother TVN (Season 1–3)
TV4 (Season 4–5)

Season 1, 2001: Janusz Dzięcioł
Season 2, 2001: Marzena Wieczorek
Season 3, 2002: Piotr Borucki
Season 4, 2007: Jolanta Rutowicz
Season 5 (Part 2), 2008: Janusz Strączek

Martyna Wojciechowska (Season 1–3)
Grzegorz Miecugow (Season 1)
Andrzej Sołtysik (Season 2-3)
Karina Kunkiewicz (Season 4)
Kuba Klawiter (Seasons 4–5)
Małgorzata Kosik (Season 5)

Big Brother : Ty Wybierasz
(Selection Contestants Format)

Season 1, 2001: Małgorzata Maier & Sebastian Florek
Season 2, 2001: Barbara Knap & Jakub Jankowski

Big Brother VIP Season 5 (Part 1), 2008: Jarek Jakimowicz
 Portugal Big Brother TVI
TVI Direct (Live) (Big Brother 4, Secret Story 1)

Season 1, 2000-2001: Zé Maria Seleiro
Season 2, 2001: Henrique Guimarães
Season 3, 2001: Catarina Cabral
Season 4, 2003: Nando Geraldes

Teresa Guilherme (Season 1-4)
Big Brother Famosos

Season 1, 2002: Ricardo Vieira, "Ricky"
Season 2, 2002: Vítor Norte

Teresa Guilherme (Season 1–2)
Secret Story - Casa dos Segredos

Season 1, 2010: António Queirós
Season 2, 2011: Current Season

Júlia Pinheiro (Season 1)
Leonor Poeiras (Season 1-2)
Pedro Granger (Season 1)
Teresa Guilherme (Season 2)
Iva Domingues (Season 2)
 Romania Big Brother Prima TV

Season 1, 2003: Sorin "Soso" Pavel Fisteag
Season 2, 2004: Iustin Popovici

Andreea Raicu (Season 1–2)
Virgil Ianțu (Season 1–2)

 Russia большой брат
Bol'shoy Brat
Ukraine TET (Season 1 in 2008)
Season 1, 2005: Anastasia Yagaylova Ingeborga Dapkunaite (Season 1)

Norway Sweden
Scandinavian Peninsula[7]

Big Brother

Sweden Kanal5
Norway TVN

Season 1, 2005: Norway Britt Goodwin
Season 2, 2006: Sweden Jessica Lindgren

Norway Brita Møystad Engseth (Seasons 1–2)
Sweden Adam Alsing (Season 1)
Sweden Hannah Rosander (Season 2)

Second Life Big Brother Second Life World Wide Web Season 1, 2006: Madlen Flint


Veliki Brat Bosnia and Herzegovina Pink BH (Season 1-3)
Republic of Macedonia A1 (Season 3)
Montenegro Pink M (Season 1-3)
Serbia B92 (Season 1-3)

Season 1, 2006: Serbia Ivan Ljuba
Season 2, 2007: Discontinued[8]
Season 3, 2009: Serbia Vladimir Arsić

Marijana Mićić (Season 1, 3-4)
Ana Mihajlovski (Season 2)
Antonija Blaće (Season 4)

Big Brother - Veliki Brat Bosnia and Herzegovina Pink BH
Croatia RTL Televizija
Republic of Macedonia Sitel
Montenegro Pink M
Serbia RTV Pink

Season 4, 2011: Croatia Marijana Čvrljak

Veliki Brat VIP Bosnia and Herzegovina Pink BH (Season 1-4)
Republic of Macedonia A1 (Season 4)
Montenegro Pink M (Season 1-4)
Serbia B92 (Season 1-2)
Serbia RTV Pink (Season 3-4)

Season 1, 2007: Serbia Saša Ćurčić
Season 2, 2008: Montenegro Mimi Đurović
Season 3, 2009: Serbia Miki Đuričić
Season 4, 2010: Serbia Milan Marić

Ana Mihajlovski (Season 1-2)
Milan Kalinić (Season 2-3)
Marijana Mićić (Season 3-4)

Veliki Brat: Generalna Proba
(Selection Contestants Format)
Serbia B92 (Only for Serbia)

Season 1, 2006: Serbia Jelena Provci & Marko Miljkovic

Marijana Mićić (Season 1)

 Slovakia Big Brother Súboj TV Markíza Season 1, 2005: Richard Tkáč Zuzana Belohorcová (Season 1)
 Slovenia Big Brother
Kanal A

Season 1, 2007: Australia Andrej Novak
Season 2, 2008: Naske Mehić

Nina Osenar (Season 1-2)
Big Brother Slavnih
(Celebrity Format)
POP TV Season 1, 2010: Jože Činč Nina Osenar (Season 1)
 South Africa Big Brother South Africa M-Net
DStv (Live)

Season 1, 2001: Ferdinand Rabie
Season 2, 2002: Richard Cawood

Mark Pilgrim (Season 1–2)
Gerry Rantseli (Season 1–2)
Celebrity Big Brother

Season 1, 2002: Bill Flynn

Mark Pilgrim (Season 1)
Gerry Rantseli (Season 1)

Gran Hermano

Spain Andorra Telecinco
Spain Andorra La Siete (Season 11–13)
Canal GH 24 Horas (Live TDT free) (Season 12)
Telecinco 2 (Season 1 (R) & 10)
Telecinco Estrellas (Season 9)
Quiero TV (Live) (Season 1–3)
Vía Digital (Live) (Season 4–5)
Digital+ (Live) (Season 6-11)

Season 1, 2000: Ismael Beiro
Season 2, 2001: France Sabrina Mahí
Season 3, 2002: Francisco Javier García, "Javito"
Season 4, 2002-2003: Pedro Oliva
Season 5, 2003-2004: Nuria Yáñez
Season 6, 2004: Juan José Mateo Rocamora, "Juanjo"
Season 7, 2005-2006: José Herrero, "Pepe"
Season 8, 2006: Brazil Naiala Melo
Season 9, 2007: Judit Iglesias
Season 10, 2008-2009: Iván Madrazo
Season 11, 2009-2010: Ángel Muñoz
Season 12, 2010-2011: Laura Campos
Season 13, 2012: January

Mercedes Milá (Season 1–2, 4–13)
Pepe Navarro (Season 3)

Gran Hermano VIP

Spain Andorra Telecinco

Season 1, 2004: France Marlene Mourreau
Season 2, 2005: Mexico Ivonne Armand

Jesús Vázquez (Season 1–2)

Gran Hermano: El Reencuentro
(All-Stars Format) (Season 1)
(Reality All-Stars Format) (Season 2)

Spain Andorra Telecinco
Spain Andorra La Siete
Digital+ (Live) (Season 1)

Season 1, 2010: José Herrero, "Pepe" & Raquel López
Season 2, 2011: Juan Miguel Martínez & Yola Berrocal

Mercedes Milá (Season 1)
Jordi González (Season 2)

 Sweden Big Brother Sverige Kanal5 (Season 1–4)
TV11 (Season 5-6)

Season 1, 2000: Angelica Freij
Season 2, 2002: Ulrica Andersson
Season 3, 2003: Danne Sörensen
Season 4, 2004: Carolina Gynning
Season 5, 2011: Simon Danielsson
Season 6, 2012: Spring 2012

Adam Alsing (Season 1–4)
Gry Forssell (Season 5-6)
Big Brother Stjärnveckan
(Reality All-Stars Format)

Season 1, 2002: Anki Lundberg (Baren)

Adam Alsing (Season 1)
 Switzerland Big Brother Schweiz TV3

Season 1, 2000: Daniela Kanton
Season 2, 2001: Christian Ponleitner

Daniel Fohrler (Season 1)
Eva Wannemacher (Season 2)

 Thailand Big Brother Thailand iTV

Season 1, 2005: Nipon Perktim
Season 2, 2006: Arisa Sonthirod

Saranyu Vonkarjun (Season 1–2)
Nana Raibeena (Season 2)

Big Brother Україна
Big Brother Ukraine


Season 1, 2011: Current season

Olga Gorbacheva (Season 1)
 United Kingdom

Big Brother

Channel 4 (Series 1-11)
Channel 5 (Series 12-)
Wales S4C (Series 1–10)
South Africa M-Net (Series 4)
Poland TVN Lingua[9]

Series 1, 2000: England Craig Phillips
Series 2, 2001: Republic of Ireland Brian Dowling
Series 3, 2002: England Kate Lawler
Series 4, 2003: Scotland Cameron Stout
Series 5, 2004: Portugal Nadia Almada
Series 6, 2005: England Anthony Hutton
Series 7, 2006: England Pete Bennett
Series 8, 2007: Nigeria Brian Belo
Series 9, 2008: Wales Rachel Rice
Series 10, 2009: England Sophie Reade
Series 11, 2010: England Josie Gibson
Series 12, 2011: England Aaron Allard-Morgan
Series 13, 2012: Upcoming Series

Davina McCall (Series 1-11)
Brian Dowling (Series 12-)
Celebrity Big Brother Channel 4/BBC One (Series 1)
Channel 4 (Series 2-7)
Channel 5 (Series 8-)
Wales S4C (Series 2–7)

Series 1, 2001: England Jack Dee
Series 2, 2002: England Mark Owen
Series 3, 2005: England Bez Berry
Series 4, 2006: England Chantelle Houghton
Series 5, 2007: India Shilpa Shetty
Series 6, 2009: Sweden Ulrika Jonsson
Series 7, 2010: England Alex Reid
Series 8, 2011: Republic of Ireland Paddy Doherty
Series 9, 2012: January 2012

Davina McCall (Series 1-7)
Brian Dowling (Series 8-)
Teen Big Brother Channel 4/E4
Wales S4C
Series 1, 2003: Northern Ireland Paul Brennan Dermot O'Leary (Series 1)
Big Brother Panto
(All-Stars Format)
Channel 4/E4
Wales S4C
Series 1, 2004: No winner Jeff Brazier (Series 1)
Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack
(Housemates: Teen / Big Brother: Celebrities)
Channel 4/E4
Wales S4C
Series 1, 2008: Scotland John Loughton Dermot O'Leary (Series 1)
Ultimate Big Brother
(All-Stars Format)
Channel 4/E4 Series 1, 2010: Republic of Ireland Brian Dowling Davina McCall (Series 1)
 United States Big Brother CBS
Showtime 2
Canada Global Reality Channel[10]
United Kingdom E4 (Season 4, 9)

Season 1, 2000: Eddie McGee
Season 2, 2001: Italy Will Kirby
Season 3, 2002: Lisa Donahue
Season 4, 2003: South Korea Jun Song
Season 5, 2004: Drew Daniel
Season 6, 2005: Maggie Ausburn
Season 8, 2007: Dick Donato
Season 9, 2008: Adam Jasinski
Season 10, 2008: Dan Gheesling
Season 11, 2009: Jordan Lloyd
Season 12, 2010: Hayden Moss
Season 13, 2011: Rachel Reilly
Season 14, 2012: Summer 2012

Julie Chen (Season 1-)
Big Brother: All-Stars Season 7, 2006: Mike Malin

Big Brother exchange

When two seasons in different countries are taking place simultaneously, housemates are sometimes temporarily exchanged between them.

Big Brother series Housemates involved Year Duration
Mexico BB1 Mexico

swapped with
Spain GH3 Spain

Eduardo Ozorco, "El Doc"

swapped with
Andrés Barreiro, "Ness"

2002 7 days
Argentina GH3 Argentina

swapped with
Spain GH4 Spain

Eduardo Carrera

swapped with
Inmaculada González

2003 7 days
Ecuador GH1 Ecuador

swapped with
Mexico BB2 Mexico

Álvaro Montalván

swapped with
Eduardo Enríque

2003 7 days
Uganda BB1 Africa

swapped with
United Kingdom BB4 UK

Gaetano Juko Kagwa

swapped with
Cameron Stout

2003 4 Days
Sweden BB2 Scandinavia

swapped with
Thailand BB2 Thailand

Anton Granlund

swapped with
Kirt Tirat, "Boo"

2006 7 Days
Philippines PBB2 Philippines

swapped with
Slovenia BB1 Slovenia

Bruce Quebral
swapped with
Tina Semolič

2007 5 days
Argentina GH5 Argentina

swapped with
Spain GH9 Spain

Soledad Melli

swapped with
Eneko Van Horenbeke

2007 7 days
Zimbabwe BB3 Africa

swapped with
Finland BB4 Finland

Munya Chidzonga

swapped with
Johan Grahn

2008 7 days
Finland BB5 Finland

swapped with
Philippines PBB3 Philippines

Kätlin Laas

swapped with
Catherine Remperas

2009 6 days
Spain GH11 Spain

swapped with
Italy GF10 Italy

Gerardo Prager and
Saray Pereira

swapped with
Carmela Gualtieri and
Massimo Scattarella

2010 7 days
Finland BB6 Finland

swapped with
Slovenia BBS1 Slovenia

Niko Nousiainen

swapped with
Sandra Auer

2010 6 days
Spain GH12 Spain

swapped with
Israel HH3 Israel

Lydia Navarro

swapped with
Yaakov "Jackie" Menahem

2010–2011 6 days
Finland BB7 Finland

swapped with
Norway BB4 Norway

Janica Kortman

swapped with
Siv Anita Austad

2011 10 days

Ex-Big Brother exchange

Big Brother series Housemates involved Year
Mexico VIP2 Mexico

swapped with
Spain GH5 Spain

Isabel Madow

swapped with
Aída Nízar

Russia BR1 Russia

Housemate Visited
Chile Ecuador Peru GH1 Pacific

Ivan Timoshenko

swapped with
Gianmarco Retis

Argentina GH4 Argentina

swapped with
Brazil BB7 Brazil

Pablo Espósito

swapped with
Iris Stefanelli


Ex-Big Brother visit

Big Brother series Housemates involved Year
United Kingdom BB4 UK

Housemate Visited
Australia BB3 Australia

Anouska Golebiewski
United Kingdom BB5 UK

Housemate Visited
Australia BB5 Australia

Nadia Almada
United Kingdom CBB4 UK

Housemate Visited
Germany BB6 Germany

Chantelle Houghton
Slovenia BB1 Slovenia

Housemate Visited
Philippines PBB2 Philippines

Tina Semolič
United Kingdom BB3/CBB5 UK

India BB2 India

Jade Goody
Angola BB3 Africa

Housemate Visited
Brazil BB9 Brazil

Ricardo Ferreira, "Ricco"
Germany BB9 Germany

Housemate Visited
Philippines PBB3 Philippines

Annina Ucatis
Italy GF10 Italy

Housemates Visited
Albania BB3 Albania

George Leonard
Veronica Ciardi

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Casting selection Big Brother exchange

Big Brother series Housemates involved Year
Italy GF9 Italy

Housemate Visited
Spain GH10 Spain

Doroti Polito
Leonia Coccia

Inter-Big Brother competitions

Song contest

Big Brother series participans Big Brother series jury Points Winner Date
Spain GH12 Spain – "A-Ba-Ni-Bi"
Israel HH3 Israel – "Bandido"
Italy GF11 Italy
Greece BB5 Greece
Argentina GH6 Argentina
Spain: 12 (Italy) + 12 (Greece) + 12 (Argentina) = 36
Israel: 10 (Italy) + 10 (Greece) + 10 (Argentina) = 30
Spain Tests: 30-12-10 to 4-1-11
Israel Performance: 5-1-2011
Spain Performance: 6-1-2011
Ratings: 7-1-2011
Closing: 8-1-2011

Penalty Shootout

Big Brother series participans Prize Points Winner Date
Germany BB10 Germany
United Kingdom BB11 United Kingdom
To view the Round of 16 game Germany vs. England at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. After five penalties of both teams the score was 1–1. So, the game had to go to sudden-death penalties. After 36 penalties, German housemate Robert shot the ball wide and the UK housemate Ife scored. And so the UK Big Brother house won 2–1. United Kingdom 26 June 2010

Subtitles of Big Brother series

These are some of the subtitles of Big Brother shows around the world. These are not the local title of the show.

Region / Country Season Subtitle
Angola Botswana Ethiopia Ghana
KenyaMalawi Mozambique Namibia
Nigeria South Africa Tanzania
Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe Africa
4 Revolution
5 All-Stars
6 Amplified
 Argentina 5 The fifth generation
6 A new era
 Australia 9 Secrets
 Belgium 3 Big Brother Anders
5 Zero Privacy
 Brazil 1-7 Dê Uma Espiadinha (Take a Peek)
8 O Big Fone (The Big Phone)
9 O Muro (The Wall)
10 Tribos (Tribes or Cliques)
11 Nova Era (New Era)
 Bulgaria 1 Биг Брадър вижда всичко! (Big Brother sees everything!)
3 Очаквайте неочакваното! (Expect the unexpected!)
VIP 2 Нов! (NEW!)
4 Епизод 4 (Episode 4)
VIP 3 Звездите имат сърца! (Celebrities have hearts!)
5 Family
 Canada 6 Loft Story : La revanche (Loft Story : The revenge)
7 Big Brother
 Croatia 1 Vidi sve (Sees Everything)
2 Gola istina (Naked Truth)
3 Do kraja (To The End)
4 Bez milosti! (No Mercy!)
5 Avantura te zove! (Adventure calls you!)
 Finland 1 Aidoin voittaa (The most genuine wins)
2 Toinen tuleminen (Second coming)
3 Käytä valtaasi (Use your power)
4 Kuka oikeasti olet? (Who are you really?)
5 Kaikki on toisin (Everything is different)
6 Kulissit kaatuvat (True colours become revealed)
7 Enemmän salaisuuksia kuin milloinkaan ennen (More secrets than ever)
 Germany 2 Back to basics
4 The Battle
5 365 Days - 1 Million Euro
6 Das Dorf (The Village)
7 Who are you really?
9 Rich vs. Poor
9 Heaven and Hell / Reloaded
10 Everyone got a secret
11 The Secret
 Greece 3 The Wall
4 Big Mother
 Netherlands 3 The Battle
VIP 2 Big Brother Hotel
 Norway 3 Next Generation
 Philippines Teen 2 Plus
3 Double Up
Teen 3 Clash of 2010
4 Unlimited
 Poland 1, 2, 4.1, 5 (Part 2) Wielki Brat (Big Brother)
3 Bitwa (The Battle)
5 (Part 1) VIP
6 Cyber Star
 Portugal 1 O Grande Irmão (The Big Brother)
 Romania 2 Fratele Cel Mare (The Big Brother)
 Serbia 2 Očekuj neočekivano (Expect the Unexpected)
3 Veliki Brat je dvoličan (Big Brother gets two-faced)
VIP 4 Bitka počinje (The Battle Starts)
4 Ljubi bližnjeg svog (Love Thy Neighbor)
 Spain 1-7 La vida en directo (Live Life)
VIP 1 El Desafío (The Challenge)
8 Lo verás todo (You will see everything)
9 Nada es lo que parece (Nothing is what seems)
10 Es otra historia (It's another story)
11 La Nueva Era (The New Age)
El reencuentro
(The reunion)
Cuentas pendientes (Unfinished bussines)
12 La cuarta dimensión (The fourth dimension)
El reencuentro
(The reunion)
10 años después (10 years after)
 Slovenia 1 Big Brother vas gleda! (Big Brother is watching you!)
Celebrity 1 Big Brother Slavnih (Celebrity Big Brother)
 UK Celebrity 1 In Aid of Comic Relief
2 View, Vote, Control
Teen 1 The Experiment
5 Big Brother Gets Evil
Celebrity 3
7 Big Brother Gets Twisted
Celebrity 7 Hell Lies in Others
11 The Big Send-Off

Welcome to the Mad House

Ultimate 1 The Final Send-Off
 US 3 Expect The Unexpected
4 The X-Factor
5 Project DNA - Do Not Assume
6 Summer Of Secrets
7 All-Stars
9 'Til Death Do You Part
10 Back to Basics
11 High School Cliques
12 Summer of Sabotage
13 The Summer of Double Trouble

Near-copies of Big Brother

There are a number of different formats around the globe that use rules similar to Big Brother, here are the most notable:

  • 12 Negrityat: Russia (1)
  • 360 Estudio: Puerto Rico (1)
  • Back To Reality: UK (1 season)
  • Big Mama House: Bosnia and Herzegovina (2)
  • Carre Viip: France (1)
  • Casa dos Artistas: Brazil (4)
  • Der Container Exklusiv: Germany (1)
  • Golod: Russia (1)
  • Hotel Glam: Spain (1)
  • Kazafi I Arte: Albania (6)
  • Les Colocataires: France (1)
  • Nice People: France (1)
  • Proyect Y: Israel (2)
  • Singel 24-7: Norway (1)
  • Syri Magjik: Albania (1)
  • The Bar
  • The Bus
  • The Farm
  • The Frame: Austria (1), France (1), Germany (1), Greece (1), Spain (1), USA (1)
  • The Box: Ireland (1)
  • The Golden Cage: Netherlands (1)
  • Taxi Orange/Biri Bizi Gozëtliyor: Austria (2), Cyprus (1) and Turkey (6)
  • Unan1mous: Arab World (1), Italy (1), Norway (1), Russia (1), Spain (1), UK (1) and US (1)
  • ValóVilág / VyVolení: Czech Republic (3), Hungary (5), Slovakia (3)
  • Za Steklom: Russia (3), Ukraine (1)

See also


  • Johnson-Woods, Toni (2002). Big Bother: Why Did That Reality TV Show Become Such a Phenomenon?. Australia: University of Queensland Press. pp. 256. ISBN 0-7022-3315-3. 


  1. ^ a b Polyzoidis, Panos (2002-03-23). "Greece's Big Brother row". BBC News. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  2. ^ Big Brother is giving one housemate a special treat! A housemate will reunite with a loved one inside the confession room! And this special moment will be aired live on Pinoy Big Brother tonight!
  3. ^ BREAKING BB NEWS Channel 4 - Official Big Brother UK Website Retrieved 2007-09-08
  4. ^ "Arab Big Brother show suspended". BBC. 2004-03-01. 
  5. ^ On August 31, 2009, TQS changed its name to V.
  6. ^ Staff (July 22, 2010). "Το "Βig Brother" επιστρέφει" (in Greek). Star Channel. Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  7. ^ Co-produced version with Norway and Sweden taking part.
  8. ^ Due to the car accident that killed three former housemates, Elmir Kuduzović, Stevan Zečević and Zorica Lazić, the producer decided to discontinue the series. The winning prize was divided by the surviving housemates.
  9. ^ C21Media:
  10. ^

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