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Amazing news for Big Brother fans as surprise major channel gives revival hopes

Big Brother could be ‘saved by ITV’ after being axed by Channel 5.

Hopes for a resurrection took a massive blow following Channel 5’s decision to dump the show as rivals distanced themselves from the series.

Both Sky and Channel 4 ruled out a revival on their social media accounts, leaving fans fearing they would never see a British edition of the show ever again.

However, ITV are the surprise channel that are being tipped to take control of the format.

They are reportedly tabling a bid for production company Endemol Shine, according to The Times .

The Dutch production giant is also behind other massive shows such as MasterChef and Peaky Blinders.

If ITV secured Endemol then there is a good possibility they would bring back the show and give it a new lease of life after being dumped by Channel 5.

Presenter Emma Willis is already an ITV favourite as host of The Voice and stand-in This Morning star.

While Bit On The Side’s Rylan Clarke-Neal is a showbiz reporter and regular host on This Morning.

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Bookies were already backing ITVBe to secure the rights to the show, making them second favourites behind MTV.

According to experts at Ladbrokes, MTV are currently the front-runners to do this with odds of 5/4.

But ITVBe was also a possibility with odds of 2/1, while Channel 4 – who launched the original format back in 2000 – are outsiders at 9/2.

It was hoped that Endemol themselves would open up bids for the show to be placed on another channel.

In a statement, they said: "Whilst disappointed not to reach an agreement with Channel 5 the decision opens up a new chapter and we are excited about future possibilities for Big Brother in the UK."

The news about a potential move to ITV will be music in the ears of Big Brother fans.

The future of Big Brother in the UK was given a major blow when both Channel 4 and Sky confirmed they are not picking up the series in cheeky social media posts.

When asked about a return to Channel 4, their Twitter account tweeted: "Hi there, there are no intentions to air #BigBrother on Channel 4 again."

Replying to a Twitter user, Sky’s help account said: "Good Afternoon, there are no plans for Sky One to show Big Brother I’m afraid."

*Big Brother airs tonight on Channel 5 at 10pm

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