Celebrity Big Brother 15 was the fifteenth series of the Britishreality television series Celebrity Big Brother. The series launched on 7 January 2015 on Channel 5 and ended after 31 days on 6 February 2015; at the time it was the longest ever celebrity series. The seventeenth series in 2016 lasted a day longer with 32 days. It was the eighth celebrity series and the twelfth series of Big Brother overall to air on the channel. Emma Willis returned to host the series, whilst Rylan Clark continued to present the spin-off show Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side alongside Willis. Repeats of the series aired on MTV, the first to do so. Willis decided to leave Big Brother’s Bit on the Side after the end of this series, hosting her final show on 2 February 2015.
On 6 February 2015, Katie Price won the series, with Katie Hopkins finishing as the runner-up. This was the first series of Celebrity Big Brother where both the runner-up and the winner were women. Price also became the first female Housemate (and second overall after Brian Belo in Big Brother 8) on any series of Big Brother or Celebrity Big Brother to win the series after entering late. Price entered the House nine days after the original fourteen Housemates, and left 21 days later as the winner.
This series was the focus of much controversy after housemates Jeremy Jackson and Ken Morley were ejected within the first week. With an average audience of 3.09 million, this is the highest-rated series of Big Brother or Celebrity Big Brother to date on Channel 5.
The official eye logo was revealed on 8 December 2014. The logo fits in with the series’ ‘twisted fairy tale‘ theme, with entangled branches and leaves making up the eye’s shape. Unlike other celebrity series’, it doesn’t feature the iconic “star” in the centre of the pupil to differentiate it from its civilian series.
This series was sponsored by classified ad website Gumtree, with the company offering users of the site the chance to sell their items to furnish the House. Furniture from the house was later sold on the website to raise money for charity.
Big Brother’s Bit on the Side will only air five days a week for the first time since it launched in 2011. Channel 5 opted not to renew the Saturday edition of Bit on the Psych and as a consequence Iain Lee will not be returning to the show in any capacity.
As you enter the House, the upper stair area is mirrored with flashes of trees. The stairs remain unchanged from the previous series. In the living area, grey sofas are in a square pattern, and a red mirror, significant to the series, is in the centre of the living area wall. The dining table is lipstick red, with fairy tale style props gracing the top. The kitchen is in a square corner with white marble counters and the latest appliances. The bedroom is dark and forest like, with a large owl watching over the Housemates. The garden is largely unchanged, except for the redecorated pod and new hot tub with seating area. No pool is present. Back inside, the bathroom is very chic with a large black bathtub. The diary room is in the style of a spooky purple/blue forest. The chair itself is faux wolf fur, blending into the background.
On Day 1, fourteen Housemates entered the House. On Day 10, Katie Price entered the House as the fifteenth Housemate.