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Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother have officially been axed by Channel 5. 

The iconic reality TV shows changed the TV landscape when the first season aired in the year 2000 on Channel 4. 

Channel 5 picked up the show in 2011, where it has remained until the final season – they tweeted their 153,000 followers: 'It's time for this game to end. The final series of Big Brother starts tonight at 9pm.'

Rylan Clark Neal also shared with his 1.5million followers: 'After six years working on one of the most iconic shows on television I’m saddened to hear the news Big Brother isn’t returning.'

'It has been the biggest privilege being a housemate, a winner and a host on my favourite show on the television.'

'I hope one day Big Brother will return but my focus now, as with the rest of the team, is to make our last series the best yet.'

The show has faced major criticism in its 18-year run, but has always been popular among it's viewers.

However, with rival show's like Love Island to compete with, Big Brother has seen a steady decline in ratings over the past few years.

Last summer's launch drew an average of 2.2 million viewers – 200,000 less than the previous year.

Both the civilian and celebrity versions have had huge success, relaunching the careers of faded stars and catapulting nobodies into the limelight. 

 Any bets the series starting tonight will be as outrageous as ever. 

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The Star Wars bug has well and truly hit us all; it's even made its way onto the weather reports!

Yesterday, on the Channel 5 news, the weather woman somehow managed to fit in a whole load of Star Wars references into a one minute report. 

Some of our fave phrases used were, "If you Luke father west," "The force is strong though," and "Then tonight, the weather strikes back."

But there's way more other references you need to hear too… especially if you're feeling the Star Wars buzz.  

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You may or may not have heard of Lip Sync Battle which has been a hit series over in the States this year. 

The premise is pretty simple and involves well known celebrities battling it out by lip-synching along to well-known songs in order to be crowned the ultimate lip sync champion. 

Sounds ridiculous right? But it actually works, and it's pretty hilarious. For a flavour of just exactly what you are missing, get a taste below. 

So yeah, it is really no surprise that the UK simply HAD to have it. 

The US version of the hit show is currently hosted by LL Cool J and supermodel Chrissy Teigen, and the UK hosts are equally as exciting, we reckon.

We are LIVING to hear that none other than Mel B will be taking the helm on the upcoming Channel 5 show, with Professor Green as her co-host.

Yes! 

Indeed, Professor Green had the totally appropriate reaction when he learnt that he would be working alongside a former Spice Girl. 

"When the chance to work with Mel B came up the answer was obviously a yes. I’m working with a f*****g Spice Girl!"

The show is kicking off in January and we can't wait to see the line-up. 

We will be waiting in bated breath for the Irish version of course – with Bressie and Amy Hubes as hosts? Calling it now.

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