Just when I thought I was getting my evenings back to Love Island, an ex walked back into my life without warning. An ex that you know is bad for you but you just can’t stay away. I’m talking, of course, about Big Brother somehow rising from the dead.
n the same night as that island of love Finally, ITV2 announced it would be reviving the original reality TV series with a simple teaser of the iconic eye set to the even more iconic Paul Oakenfold and Andy Gray theme song.
It sent shivers down my spine, erasing my memories of all the extremely dark moments that had happened in that bungalow, and left me with warm thoughts of Glyn Wise learning to boil an egg like bad Nick because of of his conspiracy and Tiffany Pollard mistakenly thought David Gest had died in place of David Bowie.
Four years have passed since then Big Brother and its celebrity counterpart were dropped from Channel 5, where it had lived for seven years after moving away from Channel 4. At that point it had been running for 18 years, but the once glorious social experiment had become an uncomfortable spectator.
In the last issue of Celebrity, soap star Roxanne Pallett falsely claimed she was hit by him corrie Actor Ryan Thomas, an incident that became the most mourned TV moment of the decade.
The civil house was full of calculated and cookie-cutter glory-seekers, and having learned how to make the sausage, the rows formed by the maker caused the spectators to feel queasy.
Of course, controversy always followed Big Brother, from the days of Fight Night and Shilpa Shetty’s racial bullying, but when it became commonplace rather than one-off issues, pulling the plug was the only option.
So, is four years and a new channel really all it takes to clean up one of the most toxic shows of the reality TV era? God I hope so. Despite all of its flaws, I loved it Big Brother – and I mean the Channel 4 era. There are few TV series better than the seventh series that brought us the legendary Who is She? by Pete Bennett, the late Nikki Grahame. Tantrum and Grace throwing a drink at a distinguished woman who had won entry to the house by lottery.
I often think of Helen from series two, who sincerely professes, “I love to blink, I do.” The show was at its best when an eccentric group of people of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life were forced to interact with each other and do stupid chores.
To reboot bb a success, ITV2 needs to get back to what made it great. No influencers or people who have been on a dating show once. Not just young beauties – we already have that island of love – but older people and weirdos.
A mix of sincere people, so we see a member of the Women’s Institute becoming best friends with a 20-year-old with a mohawk, and a polyamorous anarchist explaining to a retired real estate agent why real estate should be banned.
And bring back the celebrity edition so we can see disgraced former politicians make a shopping list with one X factor Second and Rebekah Vardy.
We deserve it.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/lets-hope-return-of-big-brother-follows-the-fantastic-classic-recipe-41890949.html Let’s hope Big Brother’s return follows the awesome classic recipe