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We're only a few days into 2021 - and already, the whole of the UK is under lockdown.
It's as if we're trapped in our own personal version of Big Brother - except no-one is actually watching.
But with this third lockdown set to be a minimum of six weeks long, many are wondering whether this would actually be the best time to bring back the OG reality series.
Surely now is the time we all need a bit of Celebrity Big Brother
- Rylan Clark-Neal (@Rylan) January 5, 2021
Leading the rallying cries for more Big Brother was Rylan Clark-Neal - winner of the 11th series of Celebrity Big Brother and former host of spin-off show Big Brother's Bit On The Side.
Taking to Twitter, the 32-year-old television presenter wrote: "Surely now is the time we all need a bit of Celebrity Big Brother."
And fans were quick to agree with the star, with many questioning why no-one had thought to bring it back before.
"Put a word in!" wrote one superfan.
Another recalled a classic Celebrity Big Brother moment: "Being locked up in this house, I feel like I'm in my own civilian version of it. Might do a Vanessa Feltz in a bit."
"Hell yes!" said a third.
Surely Channel 4/5 can cobble together some Celebrity Big Brother housemates to see us through this lockdown.- Daniel Rosney (@DanielRosney) January 4, 2021
A fourth added: "Make it happen Rylan! The UK needs this!"
Others were keen to see Big Brother back in its civilian format.
"I don't understand why Channel 4 haven't sold the series to one of the big streaming services or put all series on All 4 at least!" said one.
Channel 4 now is the time to put the classic series of Big Brother on All 4- Angus Quinn (@Angus_Quinn17) January 5, 2021
"If Channel 4 doesn't bring Big Brother back I'll be fuming," said another.
"Channel 4 need to get their act together and bring Big Brother back," a third said.
Real Big Brother fans will remember the show first launched on Channel 4 in 2000, with Davina McCall as host. Initially touted as a social experiment, the series became an instant success as people became hooked on the antics in the house.
While hugely popular in its heyday, the show was cancelled by its network in 2010, and moved over to Channel 5 where it continued for another eight years before it was axed altogether.
The most recent celebrity series saw the show end marred in controversy, when actor Roxanne Pallett accused housemate Ryan Thomas of "punching" her, when he was only sparring playfully with her.
Big Brother did however briefly return in 2020 on original home Channel 4 in a series titled Big Brother: Best Shows Ever to mark the 20th anniversary of the programme.
Let's hoping we got a new series soon! You know what you need to do, Rylan!
Featured Image Credit: Channel 4
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