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Big Brother Mzansi returns for S4

The fourth season of South African unscripted series Big Brother Mzansi, based on the pioneering Dutch format that started the reality TV boom in the late 1990s, is set to premiere next month.

Lawrence Maleka

The show is produced by global production group Banijay and Johannesburg- and Lagos-based Red Pepper Pictures for MultiChoice-owned channel Mzansi Magic. Its host will be South African actor, host and presenter Lawrence Maleka.

The Big Brother mansion will bring together contestants who will engage in various fun games and form strategic alliances that lead to unexpected conflicts and drama.

Shirley Adonisi, MultiChoice’s director of local entertainment channels, said the fourth season of the show would be “a disruption of the norm.”

She added: “It means setting a new bar, being the most memorable season for disrupting and breaking away from what is expected. Viewers are familiar with what Big Brother is all about and they know what to expect every season – or so they think. With this season, we are messing with those perceptions and blowing their expectations out of the water.”

Big Brother Mzansi executive producer Natalie Bleksley, from Red Pepper Pictures, said: “You may think you know how Big Brother operates, but season four has more than just a few twists and turns that will keep viewers guessing.

“The format is also being enhanced by adding new game mechanics… nothing is predictable, and [narrator] Biggie is here to shake things up, building on the elements that viewers love, i.e. Saturday Night Parties, Friday Night Games.”

Big Brother Mzansi debuts on January 21, 2024, at 18.00 on Mzansi Magic, DStv channel 161.

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Mzansi Magic brings back Big Brother SA

MultiChoice-owned South African network Mzansi Magic is bringing classic reality format Big Brother back to local screens for the first time in seven years.

Produced by Randburg-based Red Pepper Pictures, Big Brother Mzansi has started casting for a new season to launch in 2022, having last aired on the channel in 2015.

Banijay Rights handles international distribution of the format, which was devised by noted Dutch format creator and producer John de Mol and first aired in the Netherlands in 1999.

“This year marks 20 years since the very first Big Brother on MultiChoice’s M-Net and we are excited to celebrate this milestone by commissioning a new Big Brother season, which will be housed under our Mzansi Magic stable,” said Nomsa Philiso, executive head of programming, at M-Net.

“This is a show that has always delivered top ratings and entertainment value, and our viewer and advertising partners can look forward to a stellar season of Big Brother.”

Robin Pollok, VP of sales for Africa, Middle East, Greece and Israel at Banijay Rights, added: “Seven years have passed since Big Brother Mzansi last graced South African viewers’ screens and we couldn’t be happier to work with MultiChoice and Red Pepper Pictures to revive this global phenomenon, which continues to have an enduring appeal worldwide.”

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Auditions held for Big Brother Mzansi S3

Online auditions have begun for season three of South African reality series Big Brother Mzansi, following M-Net’s announcement it was renewing the show for another season.

South Africans who are articulate, interesting, reveal enthusiasm for the project, have a willingness to share their most private thoughts in an open forum and can stay 100 days in a camera-filled house can apply by uploading a two-minute video of themselves showing why they should be one of the contestants.

Big Brother Mzansi will run as a 24/7 channel on MultiChoice’s DStv, with daily highlight shows on M-Net’s Mzansi Magic (DStv 161).

Formerly known as Big Brother South Africa, the show aired its last season in 2015. It is one of 69 adaptations of the Banijay-owned format worldwide and 2021 marks 20 years since the first ever Big Brother South Africa.

Auditions are being held until November 6.

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