Celebrity Big Brother new series for January 2013


Brian Dowling and Emma Willis

A new series of Celebrity Big Brother will start in the new year, according to the Channel 5 website.

The programme will air from Thursday 3 January 2013, although there is no word yet on which stars will be taking part.

Host Brian Dowling will return to the programme while Emma Willis is also coming back to front the spin-off, Bit on the Side.

The iconic eye logo has also been relaunched for the new series, with an "icy" new look.

This will be the fourth time Celebrity Big Brother has been aired on Channel 5, after it was dropped by Channel 4 after seven series.

There were also 13 series of the original Big Brother, two of which have been shown on Channel 5.

Celebrity Big Brother logo
Image caption The new "icy" Celebrity Big Brother logo still features the familiar eye shape

Series 10 of Celebrity Big Brother was won by comedian Julian Clary.

Fellow contestants included Jersey Shore star Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino, EastEnders actress Cheryl Fergison and Coronation Street star Julie Goodyear.

Brian Dowling is himself a former Big Brother competitor, starting his television career after winning the second series of programme.

He also participated in Ultimate Big Brother which reunited former contestants in 2011.

Celebrity Big Brother will start on Channel 5 on Thursday 3 January at 9pm.