IT helped make household names out of Dermot O’leary, Emma Willis and Russell Brand – and now Big Brother’s spin-off show may be the chance for another upstart to get noticed.
Channel bosses are keen on reviving the sister show, which was often more entertaining than the main series itself due to the complete chaos that normally ensued.
A source said: “ITV knows that it’s not just the main show that gets fans talking, and the spin-off for Big Brother has always been a favourite for viewers.
“It’s been the spring- board for some huge careers over the years, and its irreverent content and style makes for great telly.
“It’s early days but with the comeback of the main show, all things look positive for Big Brother’s sister to return too. What it will be called remains to be seen, but expect carnage.”
The first version of the show, Big Brother’s Little Brother, was hosted by an extremely youthful Dermot and Natalie Casey and accompanied the second series of the original Big Brother in 2002.
Big Brother’s Big Mouth — probably the most outrageous of the spin-offs — was hosted by Russell for a few years. Also, James Corden, Jack Whitehall and BB’s original lead host Davina McCall all stepped in at various points too.
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The presenter glammed up in a multi-coloured minidress for the final of her US show So You Think You Can Dance.
The mum of two has been hosting the dance competition – for which she’s been Emmy-nominated five times – since 2006.
But recently she has also made a return to British entertainment, with an SMTV one-off special and providing cover on ITV’s Lorraine and Radio 2.
THE actress, writer and director Diane Morgan will receive this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival Outstanding Achievement Award.
The honour is being given for Diane’s body of work that spans more than 20 years and includes Motherland, After Life, Inside No9 and her own comedy Mandy.
TAM IN TOWER
TAMZIN OUTHWAITE is set to join gritty police drama The Tower for its second series.
The ex-EastEnder will play Cathy Teel, alongside fellow new cast members Niamh Cusack (Heartbeat) and Ella Smith (The Nevers) in the ITV adaptation of Kate London’s novels.
Screenwriter Patrick Harbinson said: “It’s a tribute to the quality of Kate’s novels and her complex female characters that we have been able to attract these brilliant actresses.”
Tamzin has come a long way since playing Ian Beale’s wife.
With filming under way now, he said: “This incredibly charming, likeable, dark and edgy show is an absolute privilege to be part of.”