Ex-Big Brother Housemate, Anna Nolan, who is now the Head of Entertainment at Coco Television has reportedly gained the rights to air Big Brother in Ireland and is tipped to be creating an Irish edition of Celebrity Big Brother.
According to The Irish Sun, the show is already lining up celebrities to appear on the “scaled-down” version of the show.
A TV insider said: “Big Brother has never been done in Ireland but Irish broadcasters are now so risk averse to new programme ideas, it’s a safe show and could provide content for all three TV3 channels.” It is reported that TV3 are keen to compete against Dancing With The Stars on RTE.
The reason Big Brother hasn’t appeared on Irish screens in its own form has apparently been down to costs. However, the Irish edition could cut down costs by converting a real House.
TV3 already airs the British edition of Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother on 3e, after gaining the rights to broadcast the show in 2015 after being off the air since Channel 5 took over the format. The UK edition of the show has been the only franchise to air in the country.
Big Brother UK returns in June with the eighteenth civilian edition.