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Good news Big Brother fans: The show is on Irish TV for the next three years

TV3 has secured the rights for UK Big Brother for three years.

Biog Brother presenters Emma Willis and Rylan Clark-Neal.
Biog Brother presenters Emma Willis and Rylan Clark-Neal.
Image: Channel 5

LOVE IT OR hate it, Big Brother is going to be on Irish TV screens for the next three years.

TV3 has announced that it’s bought the rights to the broadcast of the UK Big Brother series from this year until 2018.

The deal will also see TV3 and 3e showing Celebrity Big Brother as well as the post-show debate programme Big Brother’s Bit On The Side.

Originally from the Netherlands, the long-running reality show was first broadcast in the UK in 2000 and its format has remained relatively consistent in that time. First broadcast on Channel 4, the show is now produced by the Endemol Shine Group for Channel 5.

Despite the persistent ire directed at the show from non-fans, the programme has been a ratings success for both TV3 and Channel 5.

TV3 first broadcast Big Brother last year with the station saying that it hit a ratings peak of 541,700 during that run.

“Its unpredictable nature makes it compulsive viewing that transfers to impressive ratings,” says TV3′s group managing director Pat Kiely.

The new series of Big Brother will begin on 7 June, four days before the station broadcasts the first of the 22 Euro 2016 football matches it’s showing this summer.

TV3 agreed a sub-licence deal with RTÉ allowing it to show some of the summer football tournament.

Read: TV3 releases details of Euro 2016 coverage after ‘historic’ deal with RTÉ >

Read: Oops… Vincent Browne dropped an f-bomb on live TV last night >

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