Channel 5 will welcome back the reality television show in January – with an all-female cast to start.

Celebrity Big Brother returns for its 21st series on January 2nd next year – but won’t follow the traditional format it has used for the last 18 years.

In celebration of 100 years since women were given the right to vote, the reality TV giant will usher in an all-female cast as “a salute to a centenary of women’s suffrage”.

Emma Willis returns the helm of the show, introducing us to the new faces and guiding us through the special launch show. For the first three days, Channel 5 has promised that we will be exploring how the all-female housemates interact. The broadcaster has also promised we will be seeing a mix of people enter the famous house including politicians and performing artists.

Over the course of the series, male housemates will be introduced into the house and will be taking part in a series of tasks and hidden experiments, promising that these will “test their assumptions, challenge gender stereotypes and reveal fascinating truths about what it is to be a man – and woman – in the 21st century”.

Big Brother will play host to a “full house” on Friday 5th January, with another live edition of the programme scheduled to air.

The Big Brother House itself has been given a transformation, following through with the theme of the series. The logo takes a step in a new direction, using a human eye for the first time since 2010 as the basis, and is only the third in its history to use a real eye to represent the show. The shake-up is thought to be a step to reinvent the show with 2018 being a make or break year following disastrous ratings this summer.

Celebrity Big Brother will be accompanied by Big Brother’s Bit on the Side, hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal, every weeknight on Channel 5.

By Jarrod Jones

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