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Saturday 21 July 2018

I'm so not Davina, says BB's Brian

Big Brother presenter Brian Dowling insists he is not worried about following in the footsteps of former host Davina McCall.

The star, who won the second series of the show and the Ultimate Big Brother in 2010, will present the new series which launches on Channel 5 this week with a celebrity version before the main show begins.

Dowling said the new show would be very different from the one he originally won.

He said: "When I did the show 10 years ago this year I got on a train to Liverpool Street, got in a taxi and went to a Holiday Inn.

"It was so different. I walked into a field, there was two photographers, there was no crowd, there was no live show. It was a very different show and has completely evolved from a social experiment when I did it to when I did Ultimate Big Brother last year which was a massive thing.

"What I'm saying is it's now an entertainment show. It's not a social experiment, there's no barbed wire, no chickens. I hated the chickens. It's a primetime entertainment show."



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Dowling said the cast for the celebrity version, which has still to be announced, made his job easier because "people are going to want to watch".

The Irishman, who took over from McCall when she left the show, said he was bound to be compared to his predecessor but said he was very different.

He said: "I'm not a woman. I look up to Davina, I think she's super talented and she does live television flawlessly but we are very different."

The show also features Emma Willis who presented the original spin-off show Big Brother's Little Brother. She will present the new version which is called Big Brother's Bit On The Side.

The show launched in the UK in 2000 after it had been a big hit in the Netherlands.

It made stars of contestants including Dowling, who went on to present SMTV Live, becoming one of the first openly gay children's TV presenters, and Jade Goody.

The dental nurse from south-east London remained in the public eye until her death from cervical cancer in 2009.

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