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Series 7 (2006)
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Big Brother 2006, also known as Big Brother 7, was the seventh series of the British reality television series Big Brother. It aired on Channel 4 from 18 May 2006 to 18 August 2006, hosted by Davina McCall. The series lasted for 93 days; fifteen days longer than the previous series. At the time it was the longest running series and the next three series would also run for 13 weeks. It was the first series to be broadcast in 16:9.

This was the first series to feature more than 20 housemates. Prior to the launch of the series, a Golden Ticket competition was promoted to find a housemate who would enter in Week 3. Adjacent to the house was the House Next Door, which was used three times throughout the series. The major controversy of this series was the return of four ex-housemates in the penultimate week, with one of them being eligible to remain in the house for the final week. Although this had been practiced in Big Brother 4 in 2003, the main controversy was that the returning housemate was eligible to win, despite being evicted via public vote. Nominations remained a fundamental part of the process, however Big Brother often changed or cancelled nominations some weeks in favour of twists. Double evictions - which had only ever been used on Big Brother 4 and celebrity series' - returned this year and have since become a permanent fixture in all subsequent series - usually near the end of each series. This series proved to be popular, having a series average of 4.7 million viewers. In 2010, Big Brother 7 was voted the public's favourite series of Big Brother, as revealed during Big Brother's Big Awards Show.

On the final day, six housemates remained, rather than the usual final four as seen in previous non-celebrity series'. Pete Bennett - who had been a favourite to win since the first week - received the most votes, and won the prize money of £100,000, becoming the first winner to receive the full £100,000.

Housemate Nikki Grahame has made the most further appearances in future series. In 2009, she made two brief returns: she returned in Celebrity Big Brother 6 for a task, and then again in Big Brother 10 to recreate a task from this series. In 2010, she as a housemate in Ultimate Big Brother. She entered on the first night and finished as runner-up to Brian Dowling. Housemates Glyn Wise, Grace Adams-Short and Bennett also returned during tasks.

Production[edit]

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The eye this year featured two spiral shapes, one black and one yellow

Title sequence[edit]

The title sequence contained phrases such as, at the very beginning with a screen resembling an FBI Anti-Piracy Warning: "This is the title sequence for Big Brother", "Not for transmission", and a copyright year of 1903 (written MCMIII), the birth year of George Orwell. Parts of the sequence include CCTV-style footage of the underpass featured at the start of the film version of A Clockwork Orange. The time and date displayed at the bottom keep repeating the digit seven, signifying the seventh series of the show. Other words flashed on screen included "You are being observed", and, in sequence the text "cam 01", "cam 09", "cam 08" and "cam 04" was shown at the top of the screen, making 1984, another reference to Nineteen Eighty-Four.[1]

Broadcasts[edit]

Davina McCall hosted the main eviction show, as well as the live launch and finale. She would also host the main Channel 4 show on other nights, that may involve a twist or a new housemate arriving. The nightly highlight shows were once again narrated by Marcus Bentley. This was the last series to feature a highlights show the night after the finale, showing the housemates last day in the house.

Dermot O'Leary returned as host of Big Brother's Little Brother on Channel 4, he also hosted Big Brother's Big Brain, a new psychology show broadcast late on Monday nights on Channel 4, usually after the main show.

For the first time since BB launched, live action was available exclusively online, with paid subscription, through the official Channel 4 website; Channel 4 claimed that the decision to cease any live streaming to terrestrial, cable or satellite channels, was as a direct result of the public outrage which followed the "Fight Night" incident in last years show, however many fans were of the belief that this was simply Channel 4 and programme makers Endemol 'cashing in'. Diary Room Uncut returned and was extended to one hour and broadcast on Saturday nights, as well as a half hour segment on Monday nights.

Russell Brand returned for Big Brother's Big Mouth in a new late-night time slot, straight after the Channel 4 show, it had previously obtained this slot during the previous celebrity series. The show contained a much more adult theme due to the new time slot. It was broadcast Tuesday to Friday.

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The Carphone Warehouse remained as sponsor.

House[edit]

House plan with the House Next Door highlighted

The interior of the house was much smaller than the year before. The living room was brought back inside the house, with two glass doors separating it from the main floor area. On Launch Night, McCall said the room will change colour depending on what mood the housemates were in, however the walls only changed colour on eviction nights. The bedroom was across from the living room, and featured a waterbed, the bathroom was accessed through the bedroom, and featured a bath, shower and also a toilet. The kitchen was small and beside the door leading to the garden. In the garden, which was much larger than the house, was a barbecue, a pool, a seating area and a bridge titled The Bridge to Nowhere which led to another seating area. The interior stairs remained closed off once again, and had a yellow and black theme.

The House Next Door[edit]

The House Next Door was a group of rooms connected to the original house via the Diary Room. On 30 June, five new housemates entered this house. The public, instead of voting for a housemate to be evicted, voted to transfer one of the current housemates to also live in the new house.[2] Aisleyne was voted to be moved into the House Next Door along with 5 new housemates; Jonathan, Spiral, Jennie, Michael and Jayne.[3] Aisleyne was then required to evict another housemate, and chose Jonathan.[4] The House Next Door was also used later on in the series. In Week 10 it featured in the "Prison Task" and in Week 12 it housed four previous evictees, Grace, Mikey, Lea and Nikki who had been voted by the public to re-enter the House.

Housemates[edit]

Fourteen housemates entered the House on launch night, and eight other housemates entered the House later during the series, making a total of twenty-two housemates competing in Big Brother 7. Two of these eight housemates were replacement housemates Sam and Aisleyne, arriving on Day 12, who were introduced[5] to the housemates as part of the Meal or No Meal task after the departure of Shahbaz and Dawn. George decided to leave the House of his own will, a rule all housemates are allowed to take advantage of at any time, on Day 13 as he "did not want to be famous". On Day 23, Susie entered the House as Big Brother's lucky Golden Ticket winner, she declared on entry that she was a nymphomaniac and would probably have sex with someone during her stay. Five more housemates entered on Day 44 (Jonathan, Spiral, Jennie, Michael and Jayne) to the House Next Door, totalling 22 housemates.

This series saw the largest number of housemates to leave without being evicted, with three exiting the House. This beat series 3, where there were a total of fourteen housemates and two people walked; and series 5, in which there were a total of thirteen housemates and two were ejected. Housemate numbers also topped series 6, in which even after the "Secret Garden" twist, there were only a total of sixteen contestants. At one point there were more additional housemates than original housemates in this series: during Week 9, following Nikki's eviction there was a total of six additional housemates and five original housemates, having entered the House on launch night.

Name Age on entry Hometown
Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace 27 London
Bonnie Holt 20 Loughborough
Dawn Blake 38 Birmingham
George Askew 19 London
Glyn Wise 18 North Wales
Grace Adams-Short 20 London
Imogen Thomas 23 Llanelli
Jayne Kitt 36 Slough
Jennie Corner 18 Liverpool
Lea Walker 35 Nottingham
Lisa Huo 27 Manchester
Michael Cheshire 23 Manchester
Mikey Dalton 23 Liverpool
Nikki Grahame 24 London
Pete Bennett 24 Brighton
Richard Newman 33 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Sam Brodie 19 Ayrshire
Sezer Yurtseven 26 London
Shahbaz Chauhdry 37 Glasgow
Glen "Spiral" Coroner 22 Dublin
Susie Verrico 43 Kent

Golden tickets[edit]

During the first three weeks of the series, Channel 4 conducted a promotion in conjunction with Nestle to distribute 100 "golden tickets" randomly throughout Kit Kat chocolate bars, in a style reminiscent of the story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Members of the public finding these tickets were permitted to use them to give themselves a chance to become a Big Brother housemate and bypass the standard auditions process. Golden ticket holders were invited to a television show where one of them, Susie Verrico, was chosen to enter the House by housemate Aisleyne picking a ball out of a machine at random. This contest caused some controversy, with the Advertising Standards Authority saying that the terms and conditions of the draw should have been made clearer in related advertisements, and that an independent adjudicator should have been present before and during the draw.[6]

Weekly summary[edit]

On Day 1 Bonnie, Pete, George, Shahbaz, Lea, Imogen, Mikey, Dawn, Glynn, Richard, Grace, Lisa, Sezar and Nikki entered the house.

In the first week a group of housemates, known as "The Big Brotherhood" were elected by group leaders Lisa and Shahbaz. These housemates received their suitcases and eviction immunity for the week.[7] Mikey replaced Shahbaz as leader, after Shahbaz voluntarily left on Day 6[8] Bonnie, Dawn and Glyn were not chosen to join "The Big Brotherhood" and so were placed up for eviction. Dawn was asked to leave on Day 8 after using a code to receive information from the outside world.[9] Bonnie and Glyn were put to the public vote and on Day 9 Bonnie was evicted with 78% of the vote.[10]

In week two the housemates had to answer various questions in order to win sections of a luxury food budget they had ordered, in the game show-style "Meal or No Meal", similarly named after Channel 4's game show "Deal or No Deal". On Day 13 Pete was asked questions answered wrongly in previous rounds. Getting three out of four right, Pete won the House toilet rolls and miscellaneous shopping list items, and two new housemates, Sam and Aisleyne.[11] On Day 14 George left voluntarily.[12] Richard, Lea and Sezer faced the public vote, and on Day 16 Sezer was evicted with 91.6% of the public vote.[13][14]

During week three, on Day 18 the housemates had a "Shouting" task to win a luxury reward for the person who could shout the loudest.[15] The weekly shopping task was Big Brother's Temp Agency, where housemates were given different jobs, such as lifeguard, chef, toilet attendant, and PA.[16] The housemates failed and received a basic shopping budget. Sam and Nikki were put to the public vote and on Day 23 Sam was evicted with 53.7% of the public vote.[17][18] Following Sam's eviction, the housemates were told about the "Golden Ticket" competition, and that a housemate would randomly select a new housemate from the various winners to enter the House, the random housemate selected was Susie.[19]

During week four, on Day 25 housemates were set a patience and endurance task, The Waiting Game, where they all had to stand on a podium to win a reward in the Box of Good Things. Housemates were permitted to quit if they put their hand up and state their reasons, and if their feet touched the floor they were automatically out of the game. After drawing straws with Grace, Lisa was the housemate on her podium the longest, with a total of 10 hours and 12 minutes, and her prize was immunity from nominations. Big Brother imposed "The State of Susie", the House was adorned with images and statues of Susie, making Susie the leader of a "dictatorship" and the other housemates her followers.[20] The weekly task was failed four hours after it began. Thirty-three fails were recorded, thirty more than were allowed.[21] Susie, the only housemate allowed to nominate, chose Grace and Nikki for the public vote. On Day 30 Grace was evicted with 87.9% of the public vote.[22][23]

In week five, on Day 34 Lea, Nikki, Lisa, Glyn and Imogen were announced to have been discussing nominations, and as punishment each would name the housemate "rule-breaker" they believe should automatically face the public vote, and with two votes Nikki was put up for eviction. The housemates had to perform a baton routine, dressed as majorettes, Glyn was appointed leader and led the housemates to pass the task and they received a luxury shopping budget. Imogen, Mikey, Nikki and Lisa were put up for eviction. Lisa was evicted on Day 37 with 60.3% of the public vote.[24]

In week six the housemates had to rub another housemate with soap until all of the soap was gone. Imogen, Glyn and Susie won, and had the prize of the use of a luxury spa.[25][26] The housemates had to stop milk from emptying out of a tank within a 48 hour period. Imogen was secretly told the real task, to cause the milk to empty below the red line point, without the other housemates' knowledge,[27] and she succeeded, and the housemates received a luxury shopping budget. Day 43 saw the housemates write in a suggestion box ways that three housemates could improve, and the following day these suggestions were read out, and the housemates were provided with things to help them better themselves. If housemates could last the next few hours bettering themselves they would receive a treat, they later received a karaoke party. Aisleyne and Susie were put to the public vote, but not to evict, the vote was to decide who moved into a secret "House Next Door". Aisleyne was moved to the House Next Door on Day 45.[28] and she was joined by five new housemates: Jayne, Jennie, Jonathan, Michael and Spiral.[29][30]

In week seven, on Day 45 the housemates in the main House were given a silent disco dancing task, where they had to stay on a spot dancing along to three songs on repeat whilst blindfolded, the person who lasted the longest would win a prize from the Box of Good Things, the winner was Glyn who won a small trophy. Aisleyne had to decide which housemates to evict from the "House Next Door", unaware she was sending them to the main House, she evicted Jayne on Day 46, and Michael and Jennie on Day 48. On Day 49, Aisleyne was told to evict either Jonathan or Spiral. She evicted Jonathan.[31] On Day 50 the housemates had to work together to untangle themselves from a giant knot in the garden within 3 hours, each housemate was attached by a belt to an individual piece of rope. A television screen displayed £672, double a luxury shopping budget, this money decreased by £10 every 3 minutes they carried out the task, housemates completed and passed in 44 minutes with a total shopping budget of £532. Richard and Lea were put up for eviction. Lea was evicted on Day 51 with 53.8% of the public vote.

During week eight on Day 54, the housemates participated in the "Big Brother Tennis Championship," where the housemates played a game of tennis against Big Brother. The housemates won seven games and were rewarded with a party. On Day 56, each housemate got one minute to perform as many burps as they could. If the house collectively performed 200 burps than they would receive a children's party. They performed 252 burps collectively and won the reward. Following Jayne relaying her impressions of the other housemates from before she had entered the House, all of the housemates except her were to face the public vote.[32] On Day 56, following further rule breaking by Jayne concerning discussions of information from the outside world the weekly shopping task was cancelled, and housemates would not be allowed to buy items from the shopping list, instead they received basic food rations. On Day 58 Nikki was evicted with 37.2% of the public vote.[33]

In week nine, on Day 59, with Jayne breaking rules the housemates were given a Rule School task, to all answer an exam paper with eighteen questions regarding the rules of Big Brother, all housemates had to pass with 100% to avoid further punishment, they failed, and the following day the swimming pool was out of bounds. On Day 61, the housemates were given a walking task. Each housemate was given a pedometer and was asked to walk around the house for two hours. It was revealed that Glyn walked the most steps and received a luxury meal of his choice, though this was given in the form of a smoothie which he was forced to taste. Housemates then had to complete an assault course.[34] The housemates passed the task and were rewarded with an eighties-theme party, along with a luxury shopping budget for the following week. Richard and Jayne were put up for eviction, Jayne was evicted on Day 65 with 67.1% of the public vote.

In week ten Big Brother devised the "Best Friends" task. Housemates were paired up for the week. Each pair chose a single fellow housemate for eviction and Big Brother later announced that the nominated housemates, along with their "Best Friends", would be up for eviction. The pair with the lowest share of the public vote would be evicted.[35][36] Throughout the week, housemates completed the "Prison" task where the "House Next Door" became a prison.[37][38][39][40] The housemates passed the task and were rewarded with letters from home, along with the luxury food budget.[41] The pairs of Imogen and Susie, Michael and Spiral and Pete and Richard were put up for eviction. Michael and Spiral were evicted together on Day 72 with the lowest share of the vote to stay in, 9.7%.

In week eleven, on Day 75, Big Brother went on holiday, leaving housemates with an automated service as a temporary replacement.[42] Housemates were told to make postcards for Big Brother and were rewarded with a sleepover and pyjama party. Housemates also had to learn five different things, similar to a university course. The group passed, and were given a luxury shopping budget for Week 12. The graduation was celebrated with a party. Imogen, Jennie, Mikey and Susie faced the public vote. Mikey was evicted first on Day 79 with 48.5% of the four-way vote, Susie was evicted after him with 59.4% of the three-way vote.[43][44][45]

In week twelve Jennie won the "Big Brother Board Game" task, she was rewarded with a place in the final, and a bottle of champagne.[46] Housemates were also given the task "Big Brother FM" where they had to pretend to be DJs. They were awarded a luxury shopping budget, after the show proved popular with the public.[47] On Day 84, previously evicted housemates Nikki, Grace, Lea, and Mikey entered the "House Next Door" following a public vote between 10 previous housemates.[48] On hearing the news that four ex-housemates were living Next Door, Glyn attempted to get into the House Next Door by climbing on the roof and therefore breaking the rules.[49] Richard and Imogen were put up for eviction and moved into the house next door until one of them was evicted. Imogen was evicted on Day 86 with 62% of the public vote. Richard re-entered the main house after Imogen was evicted on Day 86. After Imogen's exit Nikki was chosen by housemates to re-enter the House on Day 87.[50][51] Lea, Grace, and Mikey left the Big Brother compound on Day 86.

During the final week the housemates had to compete in a slow bicycle race. Pete won the race and was rewarded with a disco for one in the Diary Room with free alcohol. Housemates were given a task in which they had to form a dance troupe. They passed the task and were rewarded with two bottles of wine. Housemates were given a task called "Before They Were Housemates". On Day 91, housemates were given another mini task by Big Brother in which they had to write a "future autobiography". Housemates were set the task of becoming "political campaigners". Each housemate was required to convince the audience that another housemate should win Big Brother. On Day 93, Jennie finished in 6th, Nikki in 5th and Richard in 4th Place. Aisleyne left the house in third place. Glyn left the House as runner-up and Pete left as winner of Big Brother 7.

Nominations table[edit]

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Final
Week 13
Nominations received
Pete In Big
Brotherhood
Imogen,
Sezer
Lisa,
Nikki
Not
eligible
Imogen,
Lisa
Susie,
Aisleyne
Banned No
nominations
Spiral,
Michael
Michael Imogen,
Aisleyne
Imogen,
Glyn
Winner
(Day 93)
3
Glyn Not in Big
Brotherhood
Grace,
Richard
Sam,
Nikki
Not
eligible
Nikki Richard,
Aisleyne
Pete,
Lea
No
nominations
Susie,
Jayne
Susie Susie,
Richard
Richard,
Pete
Runner-up
(Day 93)
6
Aisleyne Not in
house
Exempt Nikki,
Sam
Not
eligible
Lisa,
Mikey
Lea,
Nikki
Jonathan No
nominations
Jayne,
Richard
Spiral Mikey,
Glyn
Richard,
Glyn
Third place
(Day 93)
12
Richard In Big
Brotherhood
Imogen,
Sezer
Lisa,
Grace
Not
eligible
Imogen,
Glyn
Imogen,
Aisleyne
Imogen,
Glyn
No
nominations
Aisleyne,
Spiral
Michael Mikey,
Imogen
Aisleyne,
Imogen
Fourth place
(Day 93)
26
Nikki In Big
Brotherhood
Lea,
Grace
Richard,
Sam
Not
eligible
Lisa Aisleyne,
Susie
Richard,
Lea
No
nominations
Evicted
(Day 58)
Next
Door
Fifth place
(Day 93)
10
Jennie Not in
house
Next
Door
No
nominations
Michael,
Jayne
Spiral Susie,
Imogen
Aisleyne,
Imogen
Sixth Place
(Day 93)
5
Imogen In Big
Brotherhood
Banned Banned Not
eligible
Lea Richard,
Susie
Richard,
Lea
No
nominations
Richard,
Jayne
Michael Richard,
Jennie
Richard,
Pete
Evicted
(Day 86)
14
Susie Not in
house
Nikki,
Grace
Lisa,
Mikey
Nikki,
Imogen
Lea,
Glyn
No
nominations
Michael,
Spiral
Michael Mikey,
Jennie
Evicted
(Day 79)
13
Mikey In Big
Brotherhood
Richard,
Lisa
Sam,
Aisleyne
Not
eligible
Lea,
Susie
Richard,
Susie
Richard,
Nikki
No
nominations
Richard,
Susie
Susie Susie,
Jennie
Evicted
(Day 79)
Next
Door
Re-evicted
(Day 86)
5
Spiral Not in
house
Next
Door
No
nominations
Jennie,
Richard
Richard Evicted
(Day 72)
4
Michael Not in
house
Next
Door
No
nominations
Jennie,
Richard
Richard Evicted
(Day 72)
7
Jayne Not in
house
Exempt No
nominations
Aisleyne,
Imogen
Evicted
(Day 65)
4
Lea In Big
Brotherhood
Sezer,
Lisa
Nikki,
Richard
Not
eligible
Imogen Aisleyne,
Susie
Susie,
Richard
Evicted
(Day 51)
Next
Door
Re-evicted
(Day 86)
10
Jonathan Not in
house
Next
Door
Evicted
(Day 49)
N/A
Lisa In Big
Brotherhood
Lea,
Richard
Banned Exempt Nikki Evicted
(Day 37)
8
Grace In Big
Brotherhood
Lea,
Richard
Aisleyne,
Sam
Not
eligible
Evicted
(Day 30)
Next
Door
Re-evicted
(Day 86)
4
Sam Not in
house
Exempt Lea,
Richard
Evicted
(Day 23)
5
Sezer In Big
Brotherhood
Banned Evicted
(Day 16)
3
George In Big
Brotherhood
Walked
(Day 13)
N/A
Bonnie Not in Big
Brotherhood
Evicted
(Day 9)
N/A
Dawn Not in Big
Brotherhood
Ejected
(Day 8)
N/A
Shahbaz In Big
Brotherhood
Walked
(Day 6)
N/A
Nomination
note
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 None 9 10 11,12 13
Against
public vote
Bonnie,
Dawn,
Glyn
Lea,
Richard,
Sezer
Nikki,
Sam
Grace,
Nikki
Imogen,
Lisa,
Mikey,
Nikki
Aisleyne,
Susie
Lea,
Richard
Aisleyne,
Glyn,
Imogen,
Jennie,
Michael,
Mikey,
Nikki,
Pete,
Richard,
Spiral,
Susie
Jayne,
Richard
Imogen & Susie,
Michael & Spiral,
Pete & Richard
Imogen,
Jennie,
Mikey,
Susie
Imogen,
Richard
Aisleyne,
Glyn,
Jennie,
Nikki,
Pete,
Richard
Walked Shahbaz George none
Ejected Dawn none
Evicted Bonnie
78.0%
to evict
Sezer
91.6%
to evict
Sam
53.7%
to evict
Grace
87.9%
to evict
Lisa
60.3%
to evict
Aisleyne
67.3%
to move
Jonathan
Aisleyne's choice
to evict
Nikki
37.2%
to evict
Jayne
67.1%
to evict
Michael & Spiral
9.7%
to save
Mikey
48.5%
(out of 4)
to evict
Imogen
62%
to evict
Jennie
0.9%
(out of 6)
Aisleyne
22.0%
(out of 3)
Nikki
6.5%
(out of 5)
Glyn
38.8%
(out of 2)
Lea
53.8%
to evict
Susie
59.4%
(out of 3)
to evict
Richard
9.2%
(out of 4)
Pete
61.2%
to win

Notes[edit]

  • ^Note 1 : There were no nominations in Week 1. Instead, all housemates except Bonnie, Dawn and Glyn formed the Big Brotherhood and were immune from eviction, while the housemates excluded from the Brotherhood did not receive their suitcases and faced the public vote. Because Dawn was ejected from the house, it was only Bonnie and Glyn that faced the public vote.
  • ^Note 2 : As punishment for discussing nominations, Sezer and Imogen were banned from nominating. As new housemates, Aisleyne and Sam could not nominate and could not be nominated by their fellow housemates.
  • ^Note 3 : Imogen was banned from nominating on Day 15 because the night before, she had disclosed to her fellow housemates the fact that she was unable to nominate the previous week. Lisa was also banned on Day 18 after telling Imogen who she nominated in the previous week.
  • ^Note 4 : As the Golden Housemate, only Susie was eligible to nominate this week. Lisa could not be nominated, having won a task set by Big Brother. The two housemates Susie nominated were Grace and Nikki.
  • ^Note 5 : During the previous week, Glyn, Imogen, Lea, Lisa and Nikki discussed nominations. As punishment, the five of them had to each nominate one of their fellow rule-breakers in front of their fellow housemates. The one or more housemate(s) with the most nominations would face eviction; Nikki was chosen. The remaining housemates nominated as normal, selecting from everyone except Nikki.
  • ^Note 6 : This week's public vote was not to evict a housemate, but to vote them into the House Next Door. The housemates nominated as usual, but were unaware of the fake eviction or of the House Next Door. Aisleyne was not evicted, but instead moved next door.
  • ^Note 7 : Aisleyne was told that she had to evict four of the five new housemates who were living in the House Next Door. However, she was not told that the first three housemates she chose would join the others in the main house. Her fourth nomination, for Jonathan, was for real, and he was evicted. Aisleyne, Jennie, Jonathan, Michael and Spiral were in the House Next Door during the nominations, and therefore did not take part. As a new housemate, Jayne could not nominate and could not be nominated by her fellow housemates. As punishment for telling Aisleyne he had nominated her the previous week, Pete was banned from nominating.
  • ^Note 8 : As punishment for Jayne discussing the outside world, nominations were cancelled and everyone except Jayne automatically faced the public vote.
  • ^Note 9 : The housemates were put into pairs of "Best Friends": these were Aisleyne & Jennie; Glyn & Mikey; Imogen & Susie; Pete & Richard and Michael & Spiral. Each pair nominated one housemate. The housemates with the most nominations faced eviction with their "Best Friend". Unlike previous weeks, this week was a vote to save.
  • ^Note 10 : As part of an ongoing task, housemates had to nominate using an 'Automated Big Brother' phone system. Whilst announcing nominations, 'Automated Big Brother' "broke down", having only announced Imogen's name. Unbeknownst to the housemates, this week was a double eviction.
  • ^Note 11 : After Susie's eviction on Day 79, the public voted for which 4 ex-housemates they would like to move into the House Next Door. George, Shabaz, Dawn and Jonathan were not eligible to re-enter as they had not left the House via a Public vote. Bonnie and Sezer were also not eligible due to legal reasons. On Day 83, Grace, Lea, Mikey and Nikki moved into the House Next Door.
  • ^Note 12 : Jennie won a task set by Big Brother and was given a guaranteed place in the final. On Day 86, the housemates in the main house chose Nikki to re-enter the house, where she became eligible to win. Grace, Lea and Mikey were therefore re-evicted.
  • ^Note 13 There were no nominations in the final week. The public were voting for housemate they wanted to win, rather than evict.

Ratings[edit]

These viewing figures are taken from BARB.[52]

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13
Sat 3.6m 3.3m 3.2m 3.7m 3.5m 3.2m 3.2m 3.2m 2.9m 2.6m 3.1m 2.8m 2.9m
Sun 4.7m 3.4m 3.7m 5.0m 5.0m 4.0m 4.9m 4.6m 3.8m 2.4m 4.2m 3.8m 4.8m
Mon 4.8m 5.0m 4.7m 5.0m 5.0m 4.9m 5.6m 4.9m 4.4m 4.2m 4.4m 4.4m 4.9m
Tue 5.1m 4.2m 4.8m 5.0m 5.0m 4.8m 4.6m 4.9m 4.3m 4.1m 4.5m 5.5m 4.7m
Wed 5.7m 5.1m 5.1m 5.2m 3.1m 5.3m 5.5m 4.7m 4.6m 4.7m 4.4m 5.2m 4.5m
4.8m
Thu 7.1m 5.2m 4.4m 4.8m 4.8m 4.3m 5.0m 5.1m 5.3m 4.1m 4.9m 4.5m 4.6m 4.5m
Fri 5.7m 4.6m 4.6m 4.4m 4.8m 5.1m 4.7m 4.9m 4.7m 4.4m 4.5m 5.0m 5.6m 6.4m
4.8m 5.4m 5.2m 6.4m 5.8m 6.2m 5.8m 6.2m 5.6m 5.0m 5.9m 5.7m 8.2m
Weekly
average
5.1m 4.4m 4.5m 5.0m 4.6m 4.8m 4.7m 4.8m 4.2m 4.1m 4.5m 4.7m 5.1m
Running
average
5.1m 4.8m 4.7m 4.8m 4.7m 4.7m 4.8m 4.8m 4.7m 4.6m 4.6m 4.6m 4.7m
Series
average
4.7m

Criticism and controversy[edit]

Selection of certain housemates[edit]

The programme attracted criticism on 31 May for putting several vulnerable people in the Big Brother House. Pete suffered from Tourette syndrome,[53][54][55][56]

Shahbaz was revealed to be mentally and emotionally unstable and threatened to commit suicide on live television. He was being monitored by production team psychologists after commenting on how he intended to commit suicide whilst in the house.[57] Many of the housemates were accused of bullying Chaudry. He left the house on Day 6. Chaudry admitted after leaving the house that he downplayed his mental condition during the selection process.;[58]

Lea suffers from body dysmorphic disorder; Sam has admitted to being shunned by family members because of homosexuality and gender identity choices; and Nikki has suffered from anorexia and been sectioned[59][60] in the past due to the condition. A spokeswoman for mental health charity SANE claimed that producers are "playing fast and loose with people's lives." A spokesman for Rethink commented "The programme should not profit from people having a breakdown." A spokesman defended the show saying that a psychologist is always available for housemates.[61]

Welsh language criticism[edit]

Further criticism arose when contestant Glyn Wise was reprimanded for communicating in his first language, Welsh, with housemate Imogen Thomas. Big Brother deemed this a form of 'code' and issued a warning to Glyn, who retorted "But Welsh is British". Following the incident, the Welsh Language Society complained to Channel 4, the regulator Ofcom and S4C. Clearly, it was no longer a problem after this as Glyn and Imogen continued to converse in Welsh. Such discussions were broadcast with English subtitles.[62]

Golden Ticket fix claims[edit]

The competition to find a housemate without them having to go through a selection process was labelled as a fix after various housemates remember Golden Ticket winner Susie Verrico from auditions.[63]

Return of ex-housemates[edit]

On Day 83, four previous evictees entered the 'House Next Door' following a public vote between ten previous Housemates. Nikki received 63% of the vote, whilst Grace got 8.4%, and Lea and Mikey 7.3% each. Their presence was revealed to the other housemates and Imogen and Richard, who were up for eviction that week, joined them.[64] Nikki was chosen by the remaining housemates to return to the Big Brother House and become eligible to win the £100,000 prize money[65] and Grace, Mikey and Lea left the House Next Door.

This decision to allow previous evictees to become eligible to win the show was criticised. Channel 4 received 500 complaints from viewers about this matter and Media watchdog Ofcom confirmed that it had received over 1,000 complaints, and referred viewers to ICSTIS.[66] Soon after the four ex-housemates entered the House Next Door, ICSTIS released a statement confirming that it was dealing with over 2,500 complaints[67] and launched an official investigation.[68] On 5 October 2006 they ruled that Channel 4 had breached its code and imposed £50,000 'administrative charges'.[69]

On the day prior to the voting results being announced, however, Channel 4 stated that it still considered the vote to be a success as they had already received 400,000 votes, making it the most successful of the series. 36p from each call and 26p from each text also went to charity,[70] raising over £250,000 for charity on the vote alone. The money was split among three charities: Shelter, The Teenage Cancer Trust and the winning housemate's chosen charity, which Pete chose as the Tourette's Association.[71]

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