Big Brother Returning to South Africa


Banijay Rights has revealed that Big Brother will return to Mzansi Magic in South Africa following a seven-year hiatus.

Big Brother Mzansi, produced by Red Pepper Pictures, has begun casting and is slated to launch in 2022 on the MultiChoice-owned Mzansi Magic. The adaptation adds to the long list of the format’s remakes, which included 31 productions in 21 markets in 2021.

Robin Pollok, VP of sales for Africa, the Middle East, Greece and Israel at Banijay Rights, said: “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.”

Nomsa Philiso, executive head of programming at M-Net, added: “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. This is a show that has always delivered top ratings and entertainment value, and our viewers and advertising partners can look forward to a stellar season of Big Brother.”