The nineteenth series of Big Brother UK is set to air this Summer, but it looks like it won’t be the usual June launch.
With just months to go until the civilian series returns to our screens, producers have begun the nationwide search for brand new housemates.
Although applications are not being accepted yet, hopeful candidates are now able to register their interest in the long-running reality show, and will be contacted when the process begins.
However, it seems the next civilian run WON’T be launching in its traditional June slot – according to the FAQs on the Big Brother Auditions website.
The website says applicants that want to take part in the show next year have to be “18 years or over by July 31 2018,” meaning the show might not be on air until August.
It wouldn’t be the first time the show hasn’t launched in June – most recently Big Brother 2015 began in May and the first Channel 5 civilian series in 2011 launched in September and ended in November.
Meanwhile, the brand new all-female Celebrity Big Brother series launches on January 2 on Channel 5 as the nation marks 100 years since women won the right to vote.
The Bite has contacted Big Brother for a comment.