Big Brother Panto

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Big Brother Panto

Big Brother Panto is a special series of Big Brother that brought together ten housemates from previous Big Brothers to produce the pantomime Cinderella. It aired from 20 December 2004 to 5 January 2005 on the Channel 4 network.

The pantomime performed, Cinderella, was written by Jonathan Harvey, who wrote the sitcom Gimme Gimme Gimme.[1] It was performed at a theatre near to The Lodge.

Broadcasts[edit]

Big Brother Panto aired from 20 December 2004 to 5 January 2005 and was presented by Jeff Brazier. It was broadcast each night on E4 at 10pm and repeated the following morning the T4 slot on Channel 4.[2] On 28 December there was a live show on E4 at 11am where comments and suggestions from the public were read to the housemates.[3] The finale aired at 9pm on E4.[4]

The housemates went home twice, firstly from 23 to 27 December and secondly from 30 December to 3 January to spend Christmas and New Year at home.[5][6][7][8] Unlike all other Big Brother series, there were no evictions and no winner. The only public vote was for who played Cinderella.[9]

On 27 December, Channel 4 accidentally broadcast the first half of the late-night E4 show, containing adult language and content, pre-watershed on T4. They later apologised.[10] Big Brother Panto was sponsored by TalkTalk.

House[edit]

The housemates spent the duration of the series in "The Lodge".[11] There was a kitchen, bedroom, diary room, and a great hall.[12] The Lodge was located in Bristol Studios.[13] The great hall is the living room in which most of the housemates spent their time rehearsing. The great hall was cabin themed with red walls and wooden flooring. The mirrors used for the cameras were enlarged to resemble dance studio mirrors. Some polar bears and reindeer sit in exhibit boxes. The kitchen had bright pink carpet with turquoise blue walls with an igloo styled snow door leading to the bedroom. The diary room was located through the wardrobe in the kitchen based on the classic story The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe. The inside of the diary room had two Christmas trees either side and skiers skiing down a mountain against the night sky full of stars. Once again there was only one bedroom cabin log themed with half of the beds being double wooden beds and the other half being snow looking beds on a raise platform. The garden was covered in snow and had a hot tub in it. It was situated through the kitchen but had a ceiling covering it.

Housemates[edit]

Ten former Big Brother housemates took part. From Big Brother 1 were Nick Bateman and Melanie Hill, from series two was Narinder Kaur, from Big Brother 3 was Tim Culley, Jade Goody and Spencer Smith, from the fourth series was Anouska Golebiewski and the fifth series' was represented by Victor Ebuwa, Kitten Pinder and Marco Sabba.[14] The housemates were paid for appearing.[15]

In addition to the housemates, there were coach and staff to train them for the pantomime. The director was Chris Denys, the dance coach was Louie Spence and the dame coach was Dave Lynn.[12][16][17] The stage manager was Ruth and the voice coaches were Mike and Nick.[18][19] Jonathan Harvey also appeared on the show.

Name Big Brother History
Series Status
Anouska Golebiewski Big Brother 4 Evicted
Jade Goody Big Brother 3 Fourth place
Kitten Pinder Big Brother 5 Ejected
Marco Sabba Big Brother 5 Evicted
Melanie Hill Big Brother 1 Evicted
Narinder Kaur Big Brother 2 Evicted
Nick Bateman Big Brother 1 Ejected
Spencer Smith Big Brother 3 Evicted
Tim Culley Big Brother 3 Evicted
Victor Ebuwa Big Brother 5 Evicted

Daily summary[edit]

Day 1 Date 20 December 2004
Events Having entered The Lodge the day before, the housemates talk about what roles they want to play.[20]
Day 2 Date 21 December 2004
Events The housemates had to audition for a part in Cinderella. Jade and Anouska auditioned for Cinderella, Victor for Button, Mel for Dandini, Nick for Baron Hardup, Spencer for ugly sister Jordanne, Tim and Marco for ugly sister Jodey, Narinder for the Fairy Liquid and Kitten for Prince Charming.[16] No one auditioned for the parts of Baroness Hardup and the Fairy Hairdresser.[16] Later they had a dance class with the dance coach.[12] Later the director announced who had been cast in which part. Victor was cast as Buttons, Kitten as Dandini, Nick as Baron Hardup, Narinder as Baroness Hardup, Spencer as Jordanne, Tim as Jodey, Marco as the Fairy Liquid and Mel as Prince Charming.[21] The director could not decide between Jade and Anouska for the role of Cinderella.[21]
Day 3 Date 22 December 2004
Events During a dance class, Kitten walked out and threatened to leave because she did not want to play Dandini.[22]
Day 4 Date 23 December 2004
Events The housemates had a lesson from "dame coach" Dave Lynn and later had the first script read through with Chris and Ruth.[18] After a Christmas dinner the housemates left The Lodge.[5]
Day 5 Date 27 December 2004
Events The housemates returned to The Lodge two by two on sleighs down the chimney.[6] It was announced that the decision over who played Cinderella would be put to the public vote.[9]
Day 6 Date 28 December 2004
Events The housemates appeared live on T4 and Jade and Anouska auditioned for the role of Cinderella.[23] The lines for who played Cinderella were then open from 11.30am to 6pm.[9] Jade won the public vote with 83% of the vote.[24] Having previously complained about the script, Narinder talked with the writer Jonathan Harvey in the Great Hall.[1]
Day 7 Date 29 December 2004
Events The housemates spent the day rehearsing.[25]
Day 8 Date 30 December 2004
Events The housemates left The Lodge to go home for the New Year.[7]
Day 9 Date 3 January 2005
Events The housemates returned to The Lodge.[8] Later the housemates ran through Cinderella in full costume and had a singing lesson.[19][26]
Day 10 Date 4 January 2005
Events During a full day of rehearsals, Kitten walked out of rehearsals and threatened to leave. However, she later returned.[19]
Day 11 Date 5 January 2005
Events The housemates spent the day rehearsing. At 9pm, they performed Cinderella live on E4 and later left the house.[27]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Narinder Meets The Writer". Channel 4. 28 December 2004. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  2. ^ "Big Brother Update - Big Brother Panto Starts". thisisbigbrother.com. 21 December 2004. Archived from the original on 20 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  3. ^ "Email The Cast". Channel 4. 23 December 2004. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  4. ^ "Tonight's The Night". Channel 4. 5 January 2005. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  5. ^ a b "The Christmas Break". Channel 4. 23 December 2004. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  6. ^ a b "Back To The Lodge". Channel 4. 27 December 2004. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  7. ^ a b "So Long, Farewell...And Happy New Year". Channel 4. 30 December 2004. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  8. ^ a b "Back To Work...And Bickering". Channel 4. 3 January 2005. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  9. ^ a b c "Vote For Cinders". Channel 4. 28 December 2004. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  10. ^ "An Apology From Channel4". Channel 4. 28 December 2004. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  11. ^ "A Panto Story". Channel 4. 20 December 2004. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  12. ^ a b c "Bumpin' and Grindin'". Channel 4. 21 December 2004. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  13. ^ "The Big Brother Christmas Panto". Female First. 3 December 2004. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  14. ^ "BB Panto lineup confirmed". Digital Spy. 14 December 2004. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  15. ^ "Kitten Walks Out Of Rehearsals". Channel 4. 4 January 2005. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  16. ^ a b c "Auditions Ahoy". Channel 4. 21 December 2004. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  17. ^ "What A Drag". Channel 4. 23 December 2004. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  18. ^ a b "It's All An Act". Channel 4. 23 December 2004. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  19. ^ a b c "No The Sound Of Music". Channel 4. 3 January 2005. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  20. ^ "I Want To Be Cinders!". Channel 4. 20 December 2004. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  21. ^ a b "The Parts Are Cast". Channel 4. 22 December 2004. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  22. ^ "Kitten Says She'll Walk". Channel 4. 22 December 2004. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  23. ^ "After T4". Channel 4. 28 December 2004. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  24. ^ "Jade Is Cinderella". Channel 4. 28 December 2004. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  25. ^ "Rehearse Rehearse Rehearse!". Channel 4. 29 December 2004. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  26. ^ "No Time To Chat". Channel 4. 3 January 2005. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  27. ^ "Panto Fantastic". Channel 4. 4 January 2005. Archived from the original on 19 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-18.