Big Brother
Big Brother Greece 2020 Logo.png
The logo of the sixth season of Big Brother Greece.
Also known asThe Wall (season 3)
Big Mother (season 4)
Created byEndemol
Based onBig Brother
by John de Mol
Directed by
  • Megaklis Vintiadis (2001–2005)
  • Periklis Vas. Asproulias (2010–2011)
  • Panos Georgiou (2020–)
Presented by
Country of originGreece
Original languageGreek
No. of seasons6
Executive producersTanja Spiranec (2010–2011)
Stefanos Kalligiannis (2020–)
  • Giota Spanou (2001–2005)
  • Mairi Kousoula (2010–2011)
Production companiesEna Productions (2001–2005)
PLD Productions (2010–2011)
Endemol Shine Group (2020–)
Original network
Picture format576i (PAL) (2001–2011)
1080i (HDTV) (2020–)
Original releaseANT1:
10 September 2001 (2001-09-10) – 29 December 2005 (2005-12-29)
Alpha TV:
3 October 2010 (2010-10-03) – 30 January 2011 (2011-01-30)
Skai TV:
29 August 2020 (2020-08-29) –

Big Brother Greece is the Greek version of the international reality television franchise Big Brother created by producer John de Mol in 1997. The show premiered on 10 September 2001 on ANT1, the show followed a number of contestants, known as housemates, who are isolated from the outside world for an extended period of time in a custom-built house. Each week, one of the housemates is evicted by a public vote, with the last housemate remaining winning a cash prize.

ANT1 broadcast four seasons until 2005. During its run, ANT1 changed the name and format of the show twice, with the third season under the name The Wall and the fourth season under the name Big Mother. The show was also broadcast in Cyprus on ANT1 Cyprus during this period.

In 2010, Alpha TV announced that they would launch their own version of the original Big Brother, with the season starting on 3 October 2010 and ending on 30 January 2011.[1] The show was also broadcast in Cyprus on Sigma TV.

In October 2019, it was announced that Big Brother would return after 9 years break in Greece, and would broadcast on Skai TV.[2] The show also broadcast in Cyprus on Sigma TV.[3] The revival season began airing on 29 August 2020 and ended on 18 December 2020.[4] Audition for the seventh season started on 1 April 2021.[5][6]


Big Brother Greece is based on the international Big Brother series produced by Endemol in the Netherlands which began in 1999. The show's name comes from George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), which revolves around a dystopia in which dictator Big Brother is the all-seeing leader.

A group of people (called the Housemates) live together in a house, where 24 hours a day their every word and every action is recorded by cameras and microphones in all the rooms in the house. Access to television, the Internet, print media, and time is prohibited. In addition, the housemates live in complete confinement; they have no access to the outside world. At least once a week, the housemates secretly nominate two housemates they wish to face a public vote to evict. The two or more housemates with the most votes face the public vote. The viewing public decides which of them gets evicted through text message votes or phone calls. The nominee with the most votes is evicted and leaves the house.

Should their stay inside the house become difficult for them to bear, the housemate is allowed to voluntarily leave at any time during the game. In the event of a withdrawal from the house, a replacement housemate usually enters the house as the replacement.

In the final week of each season, the viewers vote for which of the remaining housemate in the house should win the prize money and be crowned the winner of Big Brother.

Changes of the Format

In 2020, Skai TV changed a little the format. The housemates were again recorded 24 hours a day. The viewers could also watch them from the official website of Skai TV 23 hours a day, from 12 am until 1 am the live stream was closed for one hour. However, two weeks later, the whole live stream was shut down due to the unacceptably disrespectful sexist comments about rape from housemate Antonis Alexandridis, which also caused huge controversy in the outside world.[7] After one week, the live stream reopened only on YouTube, but three weeks later, Skai TV shut down the live stream for the second time.

Every week, a House Captain would be chosen. The Captain is given luxuries, such as the Captain Room, it's a personal bedroom for their own. Also, the House Captain is immuned for that week.

Like in the American format, a housemate can win the Power of Veto. The winner of the Veto competition wins the right to either revoke the nomination of one of the nominated housemates or leave them as is.[8] If the winner of Veto chooses to save one housemate, then the next housemate with the most votes from the previous nomination will face the public vote with the other two (or more) housemates. The viewers decide which of them gets evicted through text message votes or phone calls. The nominee with the fewest votes is evicted and leaves the house.

In the final week, the final five housemates will face Greece's and Cyprus's vote to determine the winner.

Seasons overview

Season Originally aired Days Housemates Winner Runner-up Prize Presenter Opinionist
Launch date Finale date Network
1 10 September 2001 31 December 2001 ANT1 113 12 Giorgos Triantafyllidis Prodromos Kathiniotis 50,000,000 GRD Andreas Mikroutsikos none
2 8 March 2002 1 July 2002 116 14 Alexandros Moskhos Kostas Karatzias €150,000
3 10 March 2003 29 June 2003 113 18 Thodoris Ispoglov Patricia Lorentzo €300,000
4 2 October 2005 29 December 2005 88 31 Nikos Papadopoulos Alexandros Trjantafylljdis €200,000 Tatiana Stefanidou
5 3 October 2010 30 January 2011 Alpha TV 119 16 Giannis Foukakis Antonis Papanikolaou €170,000 Roula Koromila Pavlos Stamatopoulos
6 29 August 2020 18 December 2020 Skai TV 113 21 Anna-Maria Psycharaki Sofia Danezi €100,000 Harry Varthakouris Andreas Mikroutsikos
7 29 August 2021 17 December 2021 22 Nikos Taklis Evdokia Tsagkli Grigoris Gountaras,
Natali Kakava
Afroditi Grammeli

Critical reception

Big Brother was criticized for the voyeuristic nature of the show, in which contestants volunteer to surrender their privacy in return for minor celebrity status and a comparatively small cash prize, has attracted much scorn.[9] On numerous occasions, participants in the various season have become sexually involved with each other, sometimes engaging in intercourse in front of Big Brother's cameras. This recorded material is typically not broadcast due to its explicit nature, as in the British and American editions. Other editions, however, such as the German and British versions, do broadcast it. The Internet stream also captures such moments, which has led to some controversy, with certain jurisdictions such as Greece attempting to have the show removed from the airwaves.[9]


  1. ^ "Εξέλιξη:Επιστρέφει στον ΑΝΤ1 το πιο επιτυχημένο ριάλιτι της tv! Όλο το ρεπορτάζ..." 15 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Endemol Shine's Big Brother returns to Greece after a decade away". EndemolShineGroup. 15 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Επιστρέφει ο "Big Brother"! Ποιο κανάλι ετοιμάζει το ριάλιτι". 16 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Το BIG BROTHER κάνει πρεμιέρα 15/3 - Η ανακοίνωση και όλες οι λεπτομέρειες". 6 March 2020.
  5. ^ "⚡️ʜᴇʟʟᴏ ʙɪɢ ʙʀᴏᴛʜᴇʀ⚡️ To πιο πολυσυζητημένο σπίτι επιστρέφει👀 Δήλωσε συμμετοχή δείξε ποιος είσαι και κέρδισε 100.000€". Big Brother Greece Official Facebook. 1 April 2021.
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