Big Brother is ready for the Turkish offensive: reality series coming to Star TV!
The Arab version of "Big Brother" was pulled after nine days. (Pedestrian TV)
The announcement by Endemol Shine Turkey that they would be bringing out a Turkish version of the reality show "Big Brother" is a move that's sure to cause controversy - but Turkey has long been skirting Muslim sensitivities with its TV dramas.
Endemol Shine Turkey have also produced the hit 'Broken Pieces', about surrogate motherhood. The drama has since been exported to over 20 countries.
According to Variety, the producers have not confirmed whether the show will follow the same format as what Middle East Broadcasting Canter (MBC) attempted in 2004, when they aired Al-Rais (“The Boss”) - an Arab version of Big Brother from a house on an island off the coast of Bahrain.
The 'cultural adaptations' included strictly isolated sleeping quarters between the sexes, a separate women's lounge and a mixed sex communal area.
The program was shelved after nine days due to low viewings and strong protests.