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Big Brother 2007, also known as Big Brother 8, was the eighth series of the British reality television series Big Brother,[1] airing on Channel 4, with a number of closely associated programmes also airing on E4. The series launched on 30 May 2007 hosted by Davina McCall and ended 94 days later on 31 August 2007, making it the longest running series of Big Brother in the UK. Ratings for this series were at their lowest at the time, with the series averaging 3.8 million viewers.

This was the first Big Brother series to air in the UK since the highly controversial Celebrity Big Brother 5, as a result, a number of strict rules were applied to avoid a further controversy. A number of changes had been made to the show, including the omission of text message voting, and a reduction in the cost of calls to vote for evictions from 50p to 25p. At least 10p from each vote was going to charity.[2]

The launch night was unique in that all the housemates who entered where female, with the male housemates arriving sparingly over the first two weeks.[3][4][5][6] An additional five housemates (three females, and two males) entered the house in Day 59. They went to a new house next door called "The Halfway House".[7]

Controversy hit the show on Day 8, when Emily Parr was removed from the house in the early hours of the morning after calling Charley Uchea a nigger; although she did not use it in an argument and the two appeared to be friends, a decision was made to remove her immediately.

This was the only non-celebrity series - until Big Brother 14 in 2013 - to include housemates over the age of 50 and at the time featured two of the oldest housemates. As of 2014, Lesley Brain remains the oldest ever non-celebrity housemate.

Brian Belo won the series, beating bookies' favourite Amanda and Sam in the final vote, he won £100,000, the same amount as third place finalist Liam McGough, who received this money in Week 3.

None of the housemates this series were selected to take part in Ultimate Big Brother, however, Amanda and Sam returned to the house to partake in a shopping task.

Production[edit]

Auditions[edit]

The first round of auditions started on 6 January 2007[8] at the SECC in Glasgow, where there was a queue of three hundred people.[9] Auditions were also held in Birmingham, Cardiff, Dublin, London, Manchester, and Newcastle.[10]

Sponsorship[edit]

On 8 March 2007, it was announced that The Carphone Warehouse would not return to sponsor Big Brother 8 after cancelling its sponsorship of Celebrity Big Brother 5,[11] and on 21 March, that Virgin Media would sponsor the show, for a reported £3 million.[12] Virgin Media's idents for the show use footage from Big Brother programmes from all around the world, including Germany, Brazil, Philippines and the Netherlands.[citation needed]

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The iconic Big Brother eye has been redesigned to what has been described as a "centrifugal inter-locking RGB rainbow test card"[13] by its designer Daniel Eatock.[14] The eye went for a rainbow look and the main colours were multi-coloured.

Broadcasts[edit]

On Channel 4, Davina McCall remained as main host of the live shows such as live launch, evictions, finale and other special shows where there may be a twist taking place. Marcus Bentley returned as narrator of the nightly highlight shows. For the first time since Big Brother 5 in 2004, there was also no highlight show broadcast on Saturday nights. In the early years of Big Brother, a live stream would feature on Channel E4, however this was omitted from the schedule until the final series (BB11-2010) Sunday night's highlight show would, instead, show just a handful of footage from Friday, and would instead focus more on Saturday's events in the house.

McCall also hosted Big Brother: On The Couch, a psychology show broadcast on Sunday before the main show. It was similar to Big Brother's Big Brain which was broadcast the previous year before being axed.[15] It did not return in any subsequent series' of Big Brother.

Dermot O'Leary returned as host Big Brother's Little Brother. On 28 November 2007 he announced his departure from the show.[16] With his last presenting role being in the following Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack in January 2008.

Diary Room Uncut returned in the same time slot as last year. On Friday's housemates would make podcasts.

Big Brother's Big Mouth returned in the same late night timeslot, however Russell Brand did not return, having quit the show earlier in the year.[17] No permanent replacement was made and instead a different host took control each week.

Ofcom statement[edit]

Before the launch programme, Channel 4 presented a statement from Ofcom explaining the racism incidents from Celebrity Big Brother earlier in the year. The statement said:

"This is a summary of findings from Ofcom, the communications regulator, about the Channel 4 series "Celebrity Big Brother."

In January 2007, Ofcom received over 44,500 complaints, mainly about potentially racist material. Ofcom has concluded that Channel 4 failed to handle appropriately the strong content it was transmitting. This resulted in breaches of the Ofcom Broadcasting Code, which is designed to ensure that when broadcasters show potentially offensive material, they do so in a way which offers adequate protection to the viewer. Ofcom has found that Channel 4 breached the Code on three separate occasions. Its decision to repeat one of these incidents in its early morning show resulted in a further breach for failing to protect children. There was also a serious failure in Channel 4's compliance processes which meant that it was not aware of all the relevant activity in the House at a particularly critical time. This compounded its failure to ensure compliance with the Code. These are significant failings. Ofcom has therefore imposed a formal sanction on Channel Four, directing it to broadcast this statement. This ensures that the largest number of viewers will be made fully aware of the seriousness of Channel 4's failure to comply. For the full adjudication please visit www.ofcom.org.uk

This was followed immediately by a Channel 4 ident, and then the Big Brother titles. Channel 4 also broadcast the Ofcom statement on the morning of 31 May 2007 before the early morning repeat, and again immediately before the first eviction on Friday 15 June.[18]

House[edit]

It was initially believed that this would be the last series to be aired from the house in Elstree Studios, with a new house set to be built in Hammersmith for 2008, although, Endemol decided to renew the lease at its current location for another two years. The layout of the house remained much the same as the previous series, although the kitchen moved to the other side of the main living area.[3] One big theme in the house was annoyance; the kitchen appliances were scattered around the house, with the oven and heat proof surface in the bedroom and the fridge in the garden. As further annoyance, the bathtub was placed in an open space right next to the main living room. Where the oven was in the bedroom was approximately where the kitchen area was located in Big Brother 7.[19] The bedroom contained a single, double and triple bed as well as two four-person beds. Outside the bedroom window, in the main living area, is a lip shaped sofa that the presenters of the show refer to as "the lips". The house also contains a salon/bathroom, which houses two large hair dryers and two steam suits.[3]

Garden[edit]

As well as the kitchen fridge, the garden contained a swimming pool, a seating area[citation needed] and, due to the smoking ban that came into effect in all public places during the series, a smoking area which housemates had to use from Day 1, even though the smoking ban didn't come into play until 1 July. This was checked by health officials, and deemed acceptable.[20] The grass from the previous series has been replaced with AstroTurf.[citation needed] The garden was one of the smallest this year, in comparison to the garden in Big Brother 7. On Day 25 it was revealed that a caravan was hidden behind a garden wall. The caravan came with two single beds and sleeping bags. Brian and Charley went "on holiday" to the caravan for one night.[21] The caravan was again accessible from day 36, this time any of the housemates were allowed to use the room.[22] An extension to the pool was revealed on Day 67, along with a bar area. The area was hidden behind the "wet" sign in the garden.[23] "The Insider" on BBLB revealed that there was a fully functioning washing machine hidden in the garden, throughout the show.[24] Dermot O'Leary revealed this to the housemates during the BBLB reunion show. Because of the Big Brother 7 water shortage, the garden included a water tower, which at the beginning of the series was full. The water tower was located next to the fridge and the mangle.

Vestibule[edit]

Between the entrance/exit stairs and the main house was a vestibule area.[3] This was used for several tasks, rewards and punishments, such as Ziggy's dating task, Amanda and Sam's birthday party, the punishments on Day 43, and the "Sin Bin" which is the room Charley was made to stay in while the rest of the housemates had their sin party.[citation needed]

Diary Room[edit]

A corridor was added between the Diary Room door and the main house which changes colour from red to blue to green when the "eye" button to open the door is pressed. The diary room chair has been changed to a much larger see-through chair which contains white neon lights.[3] For Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack, the lights inside the chair were coloured purple, to keep up with E4's theme. The diary room resides in almost the same place as last year, but set back a bit, making the living area larger. As in recent years, the diary room was used for several tasks. The Time Machine from Big Brother's time machine task was in the diary room. It was also used for the Seven Deadly Sins task.

Hidden rooms[edit]

The House contained a number of hidden rooms that were accessed either through the diary room or through a store room off the living area. At various points in the show, all or part of these rooms were opened up for various tasks and twists.

  • One of these rooms was slept in by Thaila Zucchi, in her role as "Pauline", and it was Australia-themed and contained a kangaroo statue, a surfboard, plants and beanbags. The bedroom also contained the dossier from which "Pauline" could find out things about her housemates. Only "Pauline" was allowed in the room at that time.[25]
  • The rooms were later on used to house five 'halfway housemates' as part of a twist. It included a dormitory, common room, wash room and kitchenette as well as a small garden.[citation needed]

Periodically throughout the series, housemates conducted various tasks in some of these rooms.

  • For the BBTV task, a newsroom was built, where two housemates transmitted news to the rest of the house, such as messages from home.[26] The rooms were also used as a studio for a gameshow and later a talent show.
  • It was used as a "The Happy Room" to cheer up Charley and Billi, who were instructed to wear "happy" t-shirts and baseball caps for the duration of their stay. The room was full of red beanbags, and featured cheery slogans on the walls. While in the room, Big Brother played the tune, If You're Happy and You Know It.[27]
  • During the seven deadly sins task, it was turned into "The Room of Nicky" and contained pictures, books and footage of Nicky and also a sofa with cushions spelling N-I-C-K-Y. Nicky was instructed to stay in the room and learn to appreciate herself until Big Brother allowed her to leave.[citation needed]
  • For Big Brother's birthday task, a Practice Room was built, where the entertainers had to practice.[28] A party room was then provided with a ball pool, small stage, and an area for food.[29] Amanda and Sam, Gerry, Nicky, and Ziggy were chosen as the party guests. Carole's job was the face painter. Chanelle and Liam performed magic. Charley and Tracey were clowns. Brian was the final musical performer.

Halfway House[edit]

On Day 59, five new housemates Amy, Jonty, Shanessa, David and Kara entered the house and were told they would live in the Halfway House which was reached by going through the store room or through the diary room and down a coridoor. The Halfway Housemates and ordinary house mates were swapped around for different reasons. Day 59 Amy, David, Jonty, Kara and Shanessa enter the Halfway House. David visits the main house. Day 60 In the morning Amy visits the main house, followed by Jonty in the afternoon. Day 61 In the morning Shanessa visits the main house, followed by Kara in the afternoon. Day 62 Housemates in the main house choose David and Kara to enter the house swapped with Ziggy. Day 63 The Halfway Housemates have a task called Jack in a box to win a place in the main house. Shanessa won and was swapped with Liam who Shanessa chose. Day 64 The four Halfway housemates had to choose to swap with four housemates in the main house they chose David, Kara, Shanessa and Tracey who moved in halfway house and were automatically faced eviction. Day 65 The halfway housemates are given a last night to go into the main house for a few hours. Day 66 The first halfway housemate to be evicted is Shanessa, the second is David. Then Kara and Tracey re-enter the main house for good.

Housemates[edit]

There were 22 housemates in total in this series of Big Brother, making it the largest number of housemates to enter the house in one series, along with Big Brother 7 which also had 22 housemates. Each week, two or more housemates were nominated to be evicted by the general public until the winner was left. All of the housemates that entered on the first day were female, then on the third day; a male housemate - Ziggy - entered the house.[30] On 7 June 2007 it was announced on Big Brother's Big Mouth that Day 10 would see the addition of two male housemates, in replacement of the cancelled eviction.[31] These two housemates were Gerry and Seány. On 15 June, four new male housemates entered the house. They were Billi, Jonathan, Liam, and Brian. Jonathan left on Day 35 due to a family death from day 34 that he wanted to attend to[6][32] A new housemate called "Pauline" entered the house on 8 July, supposedly from Big Brother Australia, however, her true identity was actress Thaila Zucchi, and worked as a mole for Big Brother, before being removed on Day 42. Five new housemates, Amy, Jonty, Shanessa, David & Kara entered the house in a separate room called Halfway House on Day 59.[33] Rylan Clark, who would go on to appear in Celebrity Big Brother 11, was scheduled to be a surprise housemate during this series, passing the auditions and waiting in hiding to enter the house. However, the day before he was due to enter, his identity was leaked in the press.[34]

Name Age on entry Hometown
Amanda & Sam Marchant 18 Stoke-on-Trent
Amy Alexander 21 Grimsby, Lincolnshire
Billi Bhatti 25 London
Brian Belo 19 Essex
Carole Vincent 53 London
Chanelle Hayes 19 Wakefield
Charley Uchea 21 London
David Parnaby 25 Ayr
Emily Parr 19 Bristol
Gerry Stergiopoulos 31 Greece
Jonathan Durden 49 London
Jonty Stern 36 London
Kara-Louise Horne 22 London
Laura Williams 23 Rhondda Valleys
Lesley Brain 60 Gloucestershire
Liam McGough 22 County Durham
Nicky Maxwell 27 Watford
Seany O'Kane 25 Derry
Shabnam Paryani 22 London
Shanessa Reilly 27 Cardiff
Tracey Barnard 36 Cambridgeshire
Ziggy Lichman 26 London

Chanelle's Return[edit]

On Day 89, Chanelle returned to the house for a short period of time to participate in a task, which involved Ziggy feeling objects to find out what they are. Chanelle was allowed to remain in the house after the task, but as she broke a rule of discussing the outside world, she was asked to leave the house immediately.

Weekly summary[edit]

Each week in the Big Brother House is summarized in the table on the main page. A typical week begins with the nominations, shopping task, and ends with the eviction of a Housemate during the following Friday's episode. Evictions, tasks, and other noteworthy events for a particular week are noted. Some of the events listed may not be in order of sequence.

Week 1 Tasks On Day 2 the housemates were given a breakdancing task, they were split into two crews and competed against each other.[35] On Day 3 Shabnam and Carole conducted a podcast by order of Big Brother. The podcast is a weekly task taking place on Fridays and is available for download on the Channel 4 website. On Day 10 Carole hosted the weekly podcast.[36]
Punishments On Day 6, Shabnam was punished for discussing nominations, and Big Brother made the bathroom off-limits to all housemates.[37] On Day 8, Ziggy and Emily were punished by being forced to pick another housemate to be punished on their behalf. They chose Shabnam. As a result, Shabnam's clothes, make-up, and belongings were confiscated by Big Brother.[38][39] Emily was asked to leave after using a racially offensive word.
Entrances Sam, Amanda, Lesley, Charley, Tracey, Chanelle, Shabnam, Emily, Laura, Nicky and Carole entered on Day 1, Ziggy entered on Day 3, Gerry and Seány entered on Day 10.
Exits Emily was ejected on Day 9.[40]
Week 2 Tasks Big Brother gave the housemates a charades task with a twist of having to play it under water. As a prize for completing the task successfully, housemates were rewarded with a chinese take away meal.[41] On Day 12 Gerry and Seány were instructed by Big Brother to interview each of their fellow housemates in the "Big Brother Board Room" (the vestibule before the front door of the House) to decide which two housemates would be nominating along side them.[42] On day 14 the housemates were given a shopping task which instructed them to remain lying down (but moving), dressed in sardine suits in a sardine tin filled with brine and fish guts.[43] The housemates failed the task after only remaining in the tin for one hour and 26 minutes. Hidden in a small sardine tin in the garden was the magic number, four hours and 20 minutes, this was the time limited Big Brother had set for the housemates to remain in the tin in order to win the task.[44] On Day 15, the house were given a pile of pork pies and tankards of beer, and a dart board. On the bottom of each pie, there was a conversation topic, and all housemates had to contribute to the discussions. Afterwards, all housemates had to nominate one person to put up a set of shelves in the Diary Room without instructions.[45] The housemates chose Carole, who failed the task[46] Seány and Gerry conducted the weekly podcast.
Punishments On Day 14, due to Gerry and other housemates discussing nominations, Big Brother took away the house's bathroom privileges.[47] On day 15 Seány pushed a pork pie into the diary room camera, and as punishment Nicky had to clean the windows for two hours.[48]
Entrances Billi, Jonathan, Liam, and Brian entered on Day 17[6]
Exits Lesley left voluntarily on Day 11.[49] Shabnam was evicted on Day 17.[50]
Week 3 Tasks On Day 18, Billi, Jonathan, Liam and Brian successfully performed "YMCA" as 'The Big Brother Village People'[51] and won a luxury shopping budget.[52] Housemates also had to swim the equivalent distance to the width of the English Channel in the swimming pool for this week's shopping task, which they successfully completed.[53] Amanda, for completing the most lengths, was given the task of completing the shopping list for this week, alone.[54] On Day 22, Seány, Carole and Jonathan had to choose a housemate to receive what the housemates believe is the £100,000 prize fund. They chose Liam.[55] Billi, Brian, Jonathan and Liam conducted the weekly podcast.[56]
Punishments After using written communication, Ziggy and Carole were given chalk and school ties, and were made to write "I must not participate in written communication within the Big Brother house. This is a fundamental breach of the Big Brother Rules, for which I apologise." and "I must not take writing materials lent to me in good faith by Big Brother and then use this writing material to communicate secret messages. Both acts are a fundamental breach of the Big Brother Rules, for which I apologise." 100 times.[57]
Exits Seány was evicted on Day 24.[58]
Week 4 Tasks On Day 25, the housemates had a Knobbly Knees Contest, in which Brian and Charley won. Their prize was a holiday in the Big Brother caravan.[59] On Day 26, they were told that for this week's task, the housemates must stay awake for 60 hours, and were only allowed 3 hours of sleep between them, and if someone closed their eyes for more than a minute, a clock on the wall would begin counting down.[60] For a mini task on Day 27, Liam and Laura were dressed up as Little Bo Peep, and had to correctly count how many times the other housemates - who were dressed as sheep - jumped over fences placed in the garden. They completed this task successfully, and earned an extra hour on the sleep clock.[61] However, the housemates voted and decided to quit the task,[62] and subsequently failed the task.[63] Amanda, Brian, Laura and Ziggy conducted the weekly podcast.[64]
Punishments For discussing nominations with other housemates, both Billi and Charley's nominations were cancelled.[65] For failing their sleep task, housemates were forced to live on a diet of 3 portions of slop a day.[66] After Billi and Charley continuously argued, they were sent to the happy room to cheer up.[27]
Exits Billi was evicted on Day 31.[67]
Week 5 Tasks Carole had to match the seven deadly sins to housemates. She picked Laura as sloth,[68] Tracey as greed,[69] Ziggy as gluttony,[70] Liam as lust,[71] Amanda as pride,[72] Nicky as envy,[73] and Charley as wrath.[74] Each housemate was given their own task. Four or more housemates must pass this task to receive a luxury shopping budget. All but Charley passed. As a reward, The contestants were given a party with a chocolate fountain, alcohol and "Seven Sin costumes" while Charley sat in the Sin Bin watching them and missing the party. Gerry, Brian, Chanelle, Carole and Sam conducted the weekly podcast.[75]
Exits Jonathan left voluntarily on Day 35.[76] Laura was evicted on Day 38[77]
Week 6 (Fake Week) Tasks Unbeknownst to the housemates, their task this week was to discover that their new housemate Pauline was really British actress Thaila Zucchi. They were successful, and received a luxury shopping budget.[78] They also were given characters and a storyline, and had to perform their own soap opera, Housemates.[79] They also had to perform Kylie Minogue's "Can't Get You Out Of My Head".[80] Other tasks including making quilt patches,[81] banners and songs,[82] and reading incorrect messages in different languages[83] for a fake global initiative called Warmth Not Waste, made up by Big Brother. The weekly podcast was conducted by Charley and Nicky.[84]
Punishments As part of fake week, the housemates were punished for crimes they did not commit. Carole, Brian and Amanda had to glue sweetcorn back onto corn on the cob,[85] Chanelle, Charley and Gerry had to measure 3 balls of string with a 3 cm ruler,[86] Liam, Nicky and Sam had to paint a wall and watch it dry,[87] and Ziggy, Tracey and Amanda had to cut grass with nail scissors.[88] For talking about nominations, Charley and Nicky's suitcases, and all their clothes and makeup, were confiscated.[89]
Entrances 'Pauline' entered on Day 40.[90]
Exits 'Pauline' left the House on Day 42 once she had finished her task.[78] Charley was evicted from the House on Day 45. However, the eviction was actually fake (as a climax to "fake week") and Charley was interviewed and then put back into the House.[91]
Week 7 Tasks Housemates had to have a party for Big Brother's birthday, where five housemates partied, and the remaining six provided the entertainment. They had to party until Big Brother told them to stop.[92] Housemates passed this task.[93] Liam and Sam conducted the weekly podcast interviewing housemates for "Big Brother's Birthday". Nicky had a personal task to perform a stand-up routine to win the housemates a takeaway[94] and Gerry had to answer questions to win alcohol to go with the takeaway.
Punishments For discussing nominations, Chanelle and Ziggy were restricted to only one nomination each.[95]
Exits Nicky was evicted on Day 52.[96]
Week 8 Tasks On Day 53, the housemates were given the task of answering philosophical questions.[97] For their weekly task, housemates have to run a TV Channel, BBTV.[98] After completing various TV shows (which included an X-Factor style talent show) and news bulletins (which featured messages from their families) the housemates passed the task.[99] On Day 58, the housemates were asked to match sounds they heard to different housemates.[100] They passed the task, and were given toilet paper with their faces on as a prize.[101] The housemates also got a chance to speak to the Australian Big Brother House.[102][103] All housemates conducted the weekly podcast, each performing a 2-minute radio show.[104]
Entrances Amy, Jonty, Shanessa, David and Kara entered the "Halfway House" on Day 59.[7]
Exits Charley was evicted on Day 59.[105]
Week 9 Tasks On Day 63, the halfway housemates had to sit in boxes and jump out at 8:10. The housemate who jumped the nearest to the time would be moved to the main house, and would need to pick a housemate to move to the halfway house. Shanessa won.[106] The weekly Podcast was hosted by the Halfway Housemates.
Transfers Kara and David moved into the main house on Day 62, after they were chosen by the current Housemates. The Housemates then had to choose one of themselves to move to the Halfway House, to which Ziggy said he wanted to go.[107] Shanessa entered the main house on Day 63, after winning the Jack-in-a-Box task, and had to choose a current Housemate to replace her. She chose Liam. Amy, Jonty, Liam and Ziggy moved back into the house on Day 64,[108] in exchange for David, Kara, Shanessa and Tracey.[109]
Exits Chanelle left voluntarily on Day 62.[110] Shanessa and David were evicted on Day 66[111]
Week 10 Tasks For this weeks task, housemates have to 'travel through time' and each complete mini-tasks.[112] On Day 68, Sam and Amanda had to decide whether they would become one housemate. As a result, they were automatically put up for eviction this week.[113] Kara and Brian had to battle against Big Brother 3's Alex and Adele for their task.[114] They failed this task.[115] They also had to put on a fashion show to win alcohol and music.[116] The weekly podcast was conducted by Liam and Ziggy.[117]
Exits Amy was evicted on Day 73
Week 11 Tasks On Day 74, housemates were each given a word and had to think of as many synonyms for that word as possible.[118] They passed the task.[119] The weekly task involved the housemates performing various tasks, with those who improve the most during the task being granted 'guru' status, whilst the others will all face eviction.[120] On Day 79, Big Brother took Gerry and Jonty's toy monkeys, Freddie (Gerry's) and Munkitty Tunkitty (Jonty's), on an around the world journey, during which they "wrote" postcards from around the world. The housemates had to guess where the monkeys had been. If they correctly guess, they win a speciality dish from that country or place.
Punishments For drawing symbols using eyeliner, Amanda, Sam, Gerry, Jonty and Kara had to do all the cooking and cleaning for the house.[121] Because Carole hid some biscuits in her drawer and the housemates ate them, knowing they were confiscated, as well as Carole whisking eggs, despite the new rule saying that the above housemates were the only ones who could do this, the luxury shopping budget was reduced to a basic budget.[citation needed]
Exits Gerry was evicted on Day 80 after the gurus; Amanda and Sam, Tracey and Ziggy voted to evict him over Carole.[122]

Week 12

Tasks For this week's shopping task, housemates had to attend Big Brother's Finishing Academy where they were taught how to speak and act properly.
Punishments Amanda, who had broken her twelfth microphone, had to talk through a loud hailer.[123]
Exits Tracey and Kara were evicted on Day 87.

Week 13

Tasks On Day 88, the six remaining housemates performed duets. Carole and Jonty performed Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers's "Islands in the Stream",[124] Liam and Ziggy performed Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan's "Especially For You"[125] and Amanda, Sam and Brian performed Katie Price and Peter Andre's "A Whole New World".[126] On Day 89, The housemates took part in the Big Big Brother Quiz, which was based on events that had happened during the series.[127] During this task, ex-housemate Chanelle returned as a mystery guest, who Carole and Ziggy had to identify through touch alone.[128] On Day 90, The housemates had to design a task in pairs, the best of which would be carried out later in the day. Liam and Brian won this task.[129] On Day 91, the housemates had to create 'Big Brother: The Movie', and were given costumes, props and a video camera in order to recreate their time in the house.[130] On Day 92, Big Brother took the day off, and left the house in charge of one housemate. The housemate chosen to become Big Brother for the day was Jonty.[131]
Punishments Carole, Liam, and Ziggy were punished for discussion nominations. Their punishment came on Day 90 when Big Brother called, Jonty, Brian and The Twins to the diary room to nominate two of the three of the housemates. They nominated Ziggy and Carole but Big Brother later revealed they were playing a joke on them.
Exits Jonty (6th Place), Carole (5th Place), Ziggy (4th Place), Liam (3rd Place) Amanda & Sam (2nd Place) Brian (1st) (Winner)

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 Week 13
Final
Nominations
received
Brian Not in
house
Seány,
Carole
Billi,
Gerry
Gerry,
Carole
Tracey,
Carole
Gerry,
Tracey
Gerry,
Charley
No
Nominations
Jonty,
Kara-Louise
No
Nominations
Jonty,
Kara-Louise
Winner
(Day 94)
3
Amanda Not
eligible
Carole,
Nicky
Carole,
Tracey
Tracey,
Charley
Carole,
Tracey
Carole,
Nicky
Carole,
Tracey
Carole,
Tracey
No
Nominations
Jonty,
Kara-Louise
Gerry Jonty,
Kara-Louise
Runner-up
(Day 94)
0
Sam Not
eligible
Shabnam,
Carole
Carole,
Liam
Billi,
Carole
Carole,
Tracey
Carole,
Charley
Carole,
Tracey
Carole,
Tracey
No
Nominations
0
Liam Not in
House
Jonathan,
Charley
Tracey,
Billi
Tracey,
Charley
Nicky,
Charley
Charley,
Nicky
Charley,
Tracey
No
Nominations
Kara-Louise,
Jonty
No
Nominations
Kara-Louise,
Jonty
Third place
(Day 94)
4
Ziggy Shabnam,
Emily
Not
eligible
Charley,
Nicky
Billi,
Charley
Laura,
Charley
Nicky,
Charley
Nicky Tracey,
Charley
No
Nominations
Amy,
Gerry
Gerry Kara-Louise,
Tracey
Fourth place
(Day 94)
12
Carole Not
eligible
Not
eligible
Laura,
Nicky
Laura,
Nicky
Laura,
Chanelle
Nicky,
Tracey
Nicky,
Chanelle
Charley,
Ziggy
No
Nominations
Amy,
Kara-Louise
Nominated Tracey,
Ziggy
Fifth place
(Day 94)
21
Jonty Not in
House
No
Nominations
Gerry,
Kara-Louise
No
Nominations
Brian,
Liam
Sixth place
(Day 94)
9
Kara-Louise Not in
House
Halfway Housemate Jonty,
Amy
No
Nominations
Tracey,
Liam
Evicted
(Day 87)
11
Tracey Not
eligible
Not
eligible
Seány,
Jonathan
Carole,
Billi
Ziggy,
Chanelle
Ziggy,
Gerry
Gerry,
Ziggy
Gerry,
Ziggy
Halfway Housemate Amy,
Gerry
Gerry Kara-Louise,
Jonty
Evicted
(Day 87)
26
Gerry Not in
House
Shabnam,
Tracey
Charley,
Liam
Nicky,
Tracey
Laura,
Nicky
Charley,
Nicky
Nicky,
Charley
Charley,
Tracey
No
Nominations
Amy,
Jonty
Nominated Evicted
(Day 80)
17
Amy Not in
House
No
Nominations
Kara-Louise,
Gerry
Evicted
(Day 73)
5
David Not in
House
Halfway Housemate Evicted
(Day 66)
N/A
Shanessa Not in
House
Halfway Housemate Evicted
(Day 66)
N/A
Chanelle Not
eligible
Not
eligible
Charley,
Seány
Charley,
Billi
Charley,
Laura
Charley,
Nicky
Charley Charley,
Tracey
Walked
(Day 62)
9
Charley Not
eligible
Not
eligible
Nicky,
Seány
Billi,
Chanelle
Chanelle,
Brian
Chanelle,
Gerry
Gerry,
Ziggy
Chanelle,
Gerry
Evicted
(Day 59)
25
Nicky Not
eligible
Not
eligible
Jonathan,
Seány
Billi,
Carole
Gerry,
Ziggy
Gerry,
Ziggy
Ziggy,
Gerry
Evicted
(Day 52)
20
Laura Not
eligible
Not
eligible
Carole,
Jonathan
Carole,
Ziggy
Ziggy,
Chanelle
Evicted
(Day 38)
7
Jonathan Not in
House
Nicky,
Tracey
Tracey,
Nicky
Laura,
Chanelle
Walked
(Day 35)
5
Billi Not in
House
Carole,
Jonathan
Nicky,
Charley
Evicted
(Day 31)
8
Seány Not in
House
Tracey,
Shabnam
Brian,
Tracey
Evicted
(Day 24)
5
Shabnam Not
eligible
Not
eligible
Evicted
(Day 17)
4
Lesley Not
eligible
Walked
(Day 11)
0
Emily Not
eligible
Ejected
(Day 9)
1
Nomination
note
1 2 none 3 none 4 5 none 6 7 8 9 10
Against
public vote
Emily,
Shabnam
Carole,
Shabnam,
Tracey
Carole,
Jonathan,
Seány
Billi,
Carole,
Tracey
Chanelle,
Laura
Charley,
Nicky
Gerry,
Nicky
Charley,
Tracey
David,
Kara-Louise,
Shanessa,
Tracey
Amanda & Sam,
Amy,
Jonty,
Kara-Louise
Brian,
Carole,
Gerry,
Jonty,
Kara-Louise,
Liam
Jonty,
Kara-Louise,
Tracey
Amanda & Sam,
Brian,
Carole,
Jonty,
Liam,
Ziggy
Walked none Lesley none Jonathan none Chanelle none
Ejected Emily none
Evicted Eviction cancelled Shabnam
81.4%
to evict
Seány
44.5%
to evict
Billi
55.1%
to evict
Laura
68.1%
to evict
Charley
75.8%
to fake evict
Nicky
76%
to evict
Charley
85.6%
to evict
Shanessa
38%
to evict
Amy
58%
to evict
Gerry
3 of 3 votes
to evict
Tracey
38.5%
to evict
Jonty
3.0%
(out of 6)
Liam
19.1%
(out of 3)
Carole
4.9%
(out of 6)
Amanda & Sam
39.7%
(out of 2)
David
37%
to evict
Kara-Louise
30.8%
to evict
Ziggy
15.3%
(out of 4)
Brian
60.3%
to win

Notes[edit]

  • ^Note 1 : As the only male housemate, only Ziggy was eligible to nominate this week. The eviction was later cancelled due to Emily being ejected.
  • ^Note 2 : This week, new housemates Seány and Gerry were two of four housemates allowed to nominate, and together had to choose the other two housemates to nominate with them. They chose Sam and Amanda.
  • ^Note 3 : As punishment for discussing nominations, Billi and Charley's nominations were voided by Big Brother. Had this not happened Charley and Nicky would have faced the public vote.
  • ^Note 4 : As part of "Fake Week", the "evicted" housemate, Charley, was interviewed by Davina, with the interview shown on the plasma screen in the house, and then put back in the house.
  • ^Note 5 : As punishment for discussing nominations, Chanelle and Ziggy were only allowed to nominate one housemate each.
  • ^Note 6 After continuous swapping of housemates between the Main House and the Halfway House, the housemates remaining in the Halfway House automatically faced the public vote, in which there was a double eviction.
  • ^Note 7 : Amanda and Sam chose to become one housemate on Day 69. However, as a result they both automatically faced eviction.
  • ^Note 8 : For Week 11's shopping task those who won mini-tasks gained "guru status" and were immune from eviction. All other housemates automatically faced the public vote. The Gurus had to decide from the two housemates with the highest number of votes (this was Carole with 49% and Gerry with 24%) who to evict. The Gurus unanimously decided to evict Gerry.
  • ^Note 9 : In Week 12, there was a double eviction.
  • ^Note 10 : There were no nominations in the final week. The public were voting for the housemate they wanted to win, rather than evict.

Ratings[edit]

Official ratings are taken from BARB.[132]

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
Saturday no show - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Sunday 3.8m 2.9m 3.3m 3.6m 2.4m 3.7m 3.8m 3.4 3.8m 3.5m 3.3m 3.5m 2.8m
Monday 4.0m 2.8m 3.7m 3.4m 3.7m 4.0m 3.7m 3.4m 3.9m 3.3m 3.3m 3.3m 2.9m
Tuesday 4.4m 4.2m 3.9m 4.0m 4.2m 4.3m 3.4m 3.7m 4.1m 3.5m 3.3m 3.3m 3.2m
Wednesday 6.6m 4.0m 2.3m 4.0m 4.1m 3.9m 3.9m 3.9m 3.5m 3.8m 3.8m 3.5m 2.8m 3.5m
Thursday 4.3m 5.1m 2.8m 3.9m 3.9m 3.7m 3.5m 3.9m 3.7m 3.9m 3.5m 3.9m 3.6m 3.6m
Friday 5.0m 4.9m 3.3m/3.3m 4.0m/4.1m 3.7m/3.9m 4.3m/4.6m 4.9m/6.0m 4.3m/4.3m 4.6m/5.3m 3.9m/3.8m 3.8m/4.0m 4.3m/4.2m 4.0m/3.9m 5.4m/5.6m
Weekly
average
4.7m 3.1m 3.8m 3.8m 3.8m 4.3m 3.9m 3.9m 3.9m 3.6m 3.7m 3.5m 3.9m
Running
average
4.7m 3.9m 3.9m 3.9m 3.8m 3.9m 3.9m 3.9m 3.9m 3.9m 3.9m 3.8m 3.8m
Series
average
3.8m

Criticism and controversy[edit]

Racist language[edit]

Nine days into the series, Channel 4 was criticised for deciding to air the word "nigger" on their daily highlights show.[133] After the criticism they received for not handling the Celebrity Big Brother racism allegations properly back in January, they were quick to intervene after Emily used the word in conversation with Charley. On the other hand, Charley and Nicky subsequently used the same contentious word several times, in reference to Emily's use. No action was seen to be taken against them.[134] After Emily's disqualification from the competition was announced, 922 viewers complained to Ofcom, the British television regulator, believing that it was unfair.[135] Another 270 people expressed dissatisfaction with Channel 4's decision to air the word "nigger" uncensored.[135] Parr was invited on BBLB, which also caused disturbances, but postponed her appearance. The press and Dermot presumed she postponed due to the controversy, but as she revealed in her BBLB interview, it was not.

Furthermore, on Day 40, Channel 4 confirmed that Charley had been called to the Diary Room and reprimanded after using the word "nigger" twice on one night. This was not broadcast on the nightly highlights programme or the live feed, further inflaming rumours about favouritism towards Charley. A Big Brother spokesperson claimed "Charley used the N-word as a black woman to refer to another black person. We judged her use of the term different from Emily's. But Big Brother called her to the Diary Room to remind her that this word could cause offence."[136][137]

Other controversies[edit]

Charley was given a third and final warning by Big Brother on Day 55 when she implied that housemate Gerry was a paedophile. Over 300 people complained to Ofcom when Charley said that Gerry liked to "sleep with 15-year-olds".[138][139]

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External links[edit]

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