Big Brother is reportedly to be made into a drama for ITV, which, according to sources, is set to air at the same time as the reboot next year.
The popular reality show which saw the likes of Alison Hammond and Adele Roberts rise to fame, has found a new home at ITV after being off screens since 2018.
Though it was originally meant to air in spring, the reboot has been pushed back due to the network’s mammoth line-up of programmes at the start of the year, including two series of Love Island and the all-stars I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! special.
And now a Big Brother drama has been thrown into the mix, with rumors circulating about Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes being called in to adapt the story.
The project is said to be revolving around Ruth Wrigley, who served as executive producer on the original Big Brother in 2000.
A source revealed: ‘The drama is likely to be in a similar vein to ITV hit Quiz which looked at Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’
The Who Wants To Be A Millionaire drama, which aired in 2020, focused on Major Ingram who was one of the rare contestants to scoop the £1 million prize on the gameshow in 2001, but was subsequently arrested following claims he cheated.
The insider continued to The Sun: ‘The Big Brother drama will similarly zone in on the career of Ruth who was instrumental in making it one of the nation’s biggest obsessions.
‘Her story is particularly interesting as she had to fight huge misogyny to become one of Britain’s biggest exec producers.’
This comes after the likes of AJ Odudu and Love Island’s Olivia Attwood have been rumoured to be hosting the Big Brother reboot.
There has been plenty of speculation around who could host the rebooted reality show over the past few months, however it seems that bosses have eyed AJ, who previously co-helmed the programme’s spin-off, Bit On The Side.
According to reports, AJ ‘jumped at the opportunity’ as it is a ‘huge boost’ to her growing career.
The source added to The Sun: ‘AJ and ITV are still ironing out details in her contract but she has told a lot of people the job is hers.’
A spokesperson for ITV said: ‘All suggestions surrounding the host are speculation at this stage.’
Big Brother will air on ITV next year.