Big Brother
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Also known asBig Brother Israel
Hebrewהאח הגדול
HaAh HaGadol
Presented by
No. of seasons11 (Regular); 3 (VIP)
No. of episodes279
ProducerElad Koperman
Production locationNeve Ilan
Running time90 minutes (approx.)
Production companiesKoperman Productions;
Endemol Shine Israel
Original networkReshet:
Channel 13 (2018–)
Channel 2 (2008–2017)
Original release1 September 2008 (2008-09-01) –

Big Brother (Hebrew: האח הגדול, Transliteration: HaAh HaGadol, lit.'The Big Brother') is the Israeli version of the international reality television franchise Big Brother created by producer John de Mol in 1997. The show is broadcast since 2008, following the premise of other versions of the format, the show features a group of contestants, known as "Housemates" who live together in a specially constructed house that is isolated from the outside world. The housemates are continuously monitored during their stay in the house by live television cameras as well as personal audio microphones. Throughout the competition, housemates are evicted from the house. The last remaining Housemate wins the competition and is awarded a cash prize.

The show was firstly produced by Keshet and aired on Channel 2 from 2008 to 2017 and ran for eight original seasons and two celebrity seasons.

During its run on Channel 2, the show hosted by Erez Tal and Assi Azar from season 1 to season 6. After Assi Azar left the show, Erez Tal and Korin Gideon hosted the show from season 7 to season 8.

At the end of season 7, it was learned that due to ownership changes in the television production companies, at the end of season 8, the broadcast rights of the show would be owned by "Reshet".[1]

After Channel 2 got closed and split into two new channels at the end of October 2017, it was announced that the show would be produced by Reshet and aired on Channel 13 from 2018. Until now have been aired two originals seasons and one celebrity season. A new original season has been announced and it will be begin airing on 2021.

Liron Weizman host the show from season 9 alongside Ofer Shechter and Asi Israelof.[2] In November 2018, it was announced that Guy Zu-Aretz replaced Shechter and Israelof to host the show alongside Liron Weizman from the third celebrity season in 2019.[3][4][5]

There have been aired 11 original seasons of Big Brother (האח הגדול‎) and 4 celebrity seasons of Big Brother VIP (האח הגדול VIP‎).


Erez Tal (left) & Assi Azar (right), hosting Big Brother (2008)
Erez Tal (left) & Assi Azar (right), hosting Big Brother (2008)

Big Brother is a reality game show and 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 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.

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

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

Series details

SeriesSeasonDayHousematesWinnerRunner-upPresenter(s)PrizeEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
האח הגדול
Big Brother
110720Shifra CornfieldYossi BoublilErez Tal
Assi Azar
₪1,000,000321 September 2008 (2008-09-01)16 December 2008 (2008-12-16)Channel 2
211021Eliraz SadehSa'ar Scheinfein3315 November 2009 (2009-11-15)4 March 2010 (2010-03-04)
310922Yaakov "Jackie" MenahemLihi Griner328 December 2010 (2010-12-08)26 March 2011 (2011-03-26)
49321Yekutiel "Kuti" SabagTamir Verdi281 January 2012 (2012-01-01)2 April 2012 (2012-04-02)
511523Tahounia RubelLevana "Zoharim" Gogman345 May 2013 (2013-05-05)27 August 2013 (2013-08-27)
610919Tal GilboaEldad Gal-Ed3214 May 2014 (2014-05-14)30 August 2014 (2014-08-30)
711322Shai Mika YifrahBarak EdriErez Tal
Korin Gideon
An apartment
worth ₪1,400,000
3316 December 2015 (2015-12-16)6 April 2016 (2016-04-06)
810119Avihai OhanaShani Goldshtein3018 December 2016 (2016-12-18)28 March 2017 (2017-03-28)
912027Israel OgalboEliav RachaminLiron Weizman
Asi Israelof
Ofer Shechter
₪1,000,000515 May 2018 (2018-05-05)1 September 2018 (2018-09-01)Channel 13
109521Tikva GidonYarden EdriLiron Weizman
Guy Zu-Aretz
471 January 2020 (2020-01-01)4 April 2020 (2020-04-04)
1110824Zehava BenJonathan "Joezi" Zirah635 December 2020 (2020-12-05)22 March 2021 (2021-03-22)
12TBATBATBATBATBA6 June 2022 (2022-06-06)2022
VIP האח הגדול
Big Brother VIP
13213Dudi MelitzShimi TavoriErez Tal
Assi Azar
₪1,000,000101 March 2009 (2009-03-01)31 March 2009 (2009-03-31)Channel 2
23812Moshik AfiaNir "Niro" LevyLexus SUV1210 May 2015 (2015-05-10)16 June 2015 (2015-06-16)
35015Asaf GorenShai HaiLiron Weizman
Guy Zu-Aretz
₪250,0002312 January 2019 (2019-01-12)2 March 2019 (2019-03-02)Channel 13
45715Oren HazanTamir Verdi₪250,0002910 July 2021 (2021-07-10)31 August 2021 (2021-08-31)

See also


  1. ^ "עוזבים את ערוץ 2: רשת רוצה לעבור לשדר בערוץ חדש ברישיון". (in Hebrew). Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  2. ^ "בר רפאלי אאוט: שלושת המנחים החדשים של "האח הגדול"" [Bar Refaeli out: Three New Faces of Big Brother]. (in Hebrew). 29 March 2019.
  3. ^ "אסי ישראלוף עוזב את "האח הגדול"" [Asi Israelof leaves "Big Brother"]. (in Hebrew). 6 November 2019.
  4. ^ "גיא זו-ארץ ינחה את "האח הגדול" לצידה של לירון ויצמן" [Guy Zu-Aretz will host "Big Brother" alongside Liron Weizman]. (in Hebrew). 18 November 2018.
  5. ^ "ויצמן וזו-ארץ: "אין סיבה ש'האח הגדול' לא תצליח"" [Weizman and Zu-Aretz: "There is no reason for Big Brother not to succeed"]. (in Hebrew). 10 January 2019.