It truly is the end of an era, after almost two decades on the air, reality TV show 'Big Brother' will soon be no more.

Channel 5 have confirmed in a statement that the civilian series kicking off tonight will be the last while there will be no more 'Celebrity Big Brother' either.

The broadcaster said: "The forthcoming series of 'Big Brother' will be the last – of either celebrity or civilian versions – on Channel 5.

"We'd like to thank Endemol and all of the production team who have worked tirelessly to make the show a success.

"We'd also like to thank our brilliant presenters – Emma on 'Big Brother' and Rylan from 'Bit on the Side' – for their consummate professionalism, Marcus [Bentley], the voice of 'Big Brother' and all of the housemates who have created so many memorable moments.

"Most importantly, we'd like to thank fans of the show for their support over the last seven years. We look forward to giving the final series a brilliant send-off."

Endemol also released a statement on Twitter saying:

There has been rumours for some time that show could face the chop but this is the first time it has been officially confirmed by Channel 5.