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Big Brother Big Brother is a BAFTA Award-winning British reality television game show in which a number of contestants live in an isolated house for several weeks, trying to avoid being evicted by the public with the aim of winning a large cash prize at the end of the run. It is the British version of the Dutch Big Brother television format, which takes its name from the character in George Orwell s 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four Big Brother, along with its spin-off series Celebrity Big Brother, was originally broadcast on Channel 4 from 18 July 2000 (and its subsidiary channel ), beginning in 2001) until 10 September 2010,after it was dropped from Channel 4's schedules due to declining ratings.The rights to the programme were acquired by Channel 5 in a two-year contract with Endemol to air on the main channel and subsidiary channel 5. The re-launched version premiered on 18 August 2011 with a back-to-back series of Celebrity Big Brother and Big Brother. The host of Big Brother for the duration of its run on Channel 4 was Davina McCall, who was replaced by Brian Dowling when the show moved to Channel 5. Marcus Bentley has narrated the show since its inception on Channel 4. Spin-off shows that co-existed with the Channel 4 series were presented by Dermot O'Leary Russell Brand George Lamb and Emma Willis, who returned to present the only spin-off show Big Brother's Bit on the Side alongside Jamie East and Alice Levine when the show began on Channel 5. On 2 April 2013, it was announced that Willis would be the main Big Brother presenter. Over the course of its run, there have been a total of 28 series of Big Brother: thirteen regular series, eleven celebrity series and four special series. Big Brother was filmed at Three Mills Studios in Bow, East London for the first two series, until it moved to Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire in 2002. Currently, Big Brother UK is the third-longest running version of Big Brother, running slightly shorter than the currently-airing Spanish and American versions of the show.