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Celebrity Big Brother launch date, 'big twist' confirmed

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Celebrity Big Brother will begin on Thursday, August 22 at 9pm with a "big twist".

Channel 5 confirmed that the twelfth series of CBB will have a two-hour launch just three days after the current civilian edition ends on Monday, August 19.

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Big Brother host Emma Willis



A second 90-minute live show called Celebrity Big Brother: The Big Twist has been scheduled for 9pm on Friday (August 23), though no further information has been announced of what this will entail.

Both programmes will be immediately followed by Big Brother's Bit On the Side, currently hosted by Rylan Clark - winner of the last CBB in January - and AJ Odudu.

On Friday, Channel 5 will also screen 30 minutes of live footage from the house at 11.30pm showing the aftermath of the twist.

The next series of Celebrity Big Brother will be the first hosted by Emma Willis after she took over from Brian Dowling for Big Brother 14, which begun in June.

Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, Outkast rapper Big Boi, football manager Ron Atkinson, Loose Women star Carol McGiffin, Geordie Shore's Charlotte Crobsy and model Sophie Anderton are among those rumoured to be entering the house.

Gina Rio is current favourite to win the ongoing series of Big Brother, followed by Sam Evans and Dexter Koh.

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