Celebrity Big Brother (UK)
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Celebrity Big Brother is a British reality television game show in which a number of celebrity contestants live in an isolated house trying to avoid being evicted by the public with the aim of winning a large cash prize being donated to the winner's nominated charity at the end of the run. The programme aired annually between 2001 and 2011 (apart from 2003, 2004 and 2008), until 2012 when, for the first time, two series aired in the same year. This process has since continued.
The show is a spin-off of the original series Big Brother. There are a number of differences between Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother. For example, Celebrity Big Brother lasts for a much shorter time than Big Brother (usually three weeks) and the celebrities – so long as they are not ejected or quit the programme (known as "walking") – are paid for their participation.
From its inception in 2001, Celebrity Big Brother was broadcast on Channel 4 and its sister channel E4, until Big Brother was cancelled by Channel 4 in 2010 due to falling ratings. Celebrity Big Brother has been broadcast on Channel 5 and its sister channel 5* since Channel 5 acquired the rights in 2011. During its run on Channel 4, Celebrity Big Brother was presented by Davina McCall, who also presented the original show.
Since it moved to Channel 5, the show was presented by Big Brother 2 winner Brian Dowling from series 8 through to series 11. On 2 April 2013 Channel 5 confirmed that Emma Willis would be taking over presenting the show from Dowling who was axed from the role from the fourteenth series of the regular show onwards.
- 1 History
- 2 Format
- 3 Series details and viewership
- 4 Sponsorships
- 5 Controversy and criticism
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Celebrity Big Brother was originally created as a one-off tie-in series by Channel 4 in association with the BBC's Comic Relief charity telethon in 2001, but its popularity led to it becoming a full annual spin-off of Big Brother. After broadcasting its second series in 2002, Celebrity Big Brother took a break for Teen Big Brother: The Experiment in 2003 and Big Brother Panto in 2004, before returning for three further series in 2005, 2006 and 2007. However, due to the racism controversy that occurred during the fifth series in 2007, there was no series in 2008 and Celebrity Big Brother was temporarily replaced by Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack, before returning in 2009 and once more for its final series on Channel 4 in 2010.
Celebrity Big Brother returned on 18 August 2011 with its eighth series. It was the first series of Big Brother to air since its move to Channel 5 and since then, four more celebrity series have aired on the channel.
There is a version of Celebrity Big Brother named Big Brother VIP, which is shown in several countries. Bigg Boss is the Indian version of Celebrity Big Brother; its second season was presented by Celebrity Big Brother 5 winner Shilpa Shetty and featured Big Brother 3 and Celebrity Big Brother 5 housemate Jade Goody as a contestant, although Goody walked on Day 2 of the series after being diagnosed with cervical cancer, from which she died of on 22 March 2009.
Like the original Big Brother, Celebrity Big Brother is a game show in which a group of celebrities, called housemates, live in isolation from the outside world in a custom built "house", which includes everyday facilities such as a fully equipped kitchen, garden, bedroom, bathroom and living area. The House is also a television studio with cameras and microphones in most of the rooms to record the activities of the housemates. The only place where housemates can escape the company of the other contestants is the Diary Room, where they are encouraged to voice their true feelings. Due to the privacy of the contestants, not all Diary Room footage is broadcast.
Each week, all housemates nominate two of their fellow contestants for potential eviction. Failure to do so may result in a punishment, such as a reduction in the prize fund. The two, or more, housemates with the highest number of nominations face a public vote conducted by phone (and via Facebook in Celebrity Big Brother 9). During the show's run on Channel 4, viewers voted for who they wanted to evict, with the housemate with the most votes being evicted; since Celebrity Big Brother 8, it has been a vote to save and the housemate with the fewest votes has been evicted. Occasionally, more than one housemate may be evicted in a week.
The main television coverage takes the form of a daily highlights programme.
On launch night, up to 13 celebrities enter the Big Brother House. The first series featured the celebrities already in the House prior to the live launch show in the evening. Since the second series, celebrities enter the House during the live launch show. The celebrities initially entered the House without talking to the presenter, however during Celebrity Big Brother 7, the last series of Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 4, the celebrities chatted to Davina McCall before actually entering the House. This was carried on through to Celebrity Big Brother 8 on Channel 5 with Brian Dowling and later series.
Launch night twists
There has been a different launch night twist every year.
|One||Due to the series being only eight days long, the Celebrity housemates were required to nominate live on their first day in the house.|
|Two||The Celebrities were told that the housemates in one of the two bedrooms would have to make their own beds from flatpack.|
|Three||For the first and only time, it was announced that there would be a prize fund of up to £50,000 for the winner.|
|Four||The first housemate to enter the house, Chantelle Houghton, was not in fact a celebrity and was set the task to convince her celebrity housemates that she was actually a genuine celebrity herself – failure would have meant that she would have been evicted on Day 4. She was told to play the character of a popstar from the fictitious girlband "Kandy Floss", and that her biggest 'hit' was "I Want It Right Now".|
|Five||Davina announced that the first "family" to enter the house would be moving in on the following Friday. On Day 3, ex-housemate Jade Goody entered the house with her mother and boyfriend.|
|Six||It was announced that the last housemate to claim a bed would become the Head of Household. Thus earning them self a luxury bedroom and being the only housemate eligible to nominate for the first eviction.|
|Seven||On Launch night, all of the celebrities had five minutes to fit inside a Mini Cooper. Any housemate not inside the car was "warned".|
|Eight||Following the housemates' entrance into the house, Big Brother told one housemate to come to the Diary Room. The housemate who went to the Diary Room had to take up the offer and in the process had been set a secret task to behave like the biggest celebrity diva. Success meant immunity from the first eviction, whilst failure meant automatic nomination.|
|Nine||Natalie Cassidy, the first housemate to enter the house, was called to the Diary Room and set a secret task by Big Brother; she had to follow Big Brother's instructions via a hidden earpiece. Each time she completed a mini task she won a fellow housemate's suitcase, failure to complete each mini task meant a housemate would lose their suitcase each time. She failed to pass one task to Big Brother's satisfaction - she did not kiss fellow housemate Frankie Cocozza on the lips as instructed to do so. As a result, Natalie had to choose one housemate (other than herself) to forfeit their suitcase. She choose Romeo, who was lent clothes from other housemates. Romeo got his suitcase back after the housemates successfully passed their first task the next day.|
|Ten||Julie Goodyear and Cheryl Fergison, the first Housemates to enter the house, were called to the Diary Room and set a secret mission by Big Brother: they had to cause as much drama as they could by following Big Brother's instructions through earpieces which were handed to them in the Diary Room. The task saw Julie and Cheryl have a fight about an affair which Julie had with one of Cheryl's ex-boyfriends. The task ended with an argument climaxing with Julie throwing a drink in Cheryl's face. They both successfully passed the task and won the house a soap opera-themed party in the garden.|
|Eleven||Frankie Dettori and Rylan Clark were the first two housemates to simultaneously enter the House on launch night. Big Brother called them both to the Diary Room soonafter to become each other's partner-in-crime in a special task. Frankie and Rylan were in charge of every housemate's fate inside the House until further notice. In the Diary Room, both housemates watched VT's of a pair of celebrity housemates set to enter the House. However, Frankie and Rylan had to choose between who would move in the regular House and who would move into the Basement, a slum full of basic necessities. The last pair of housemates, Speidi, were not separated, and so Frankie and Rylan had to deliberate as to whom would go in the House or the Basement. Frankie and Rylan chose to move into the regular House, while Speidi had to move to the Basement.|
|Twelve||Louie Spence, Sophie Anderton and Lauren Harries were the first three housemates to enter the house and was then place into the secret "Cult of Celebrity". The cult were given live feed access of the other housemates in the main house. The cult joined the main house on Day 2 where they nominated Ron Atkinson by handing him a bottle of champagne.|
The Housemates can be addressed by Big Brother through a PA system located within the house, and when the Housemates are addressed by Big Brother, it always refers to itself in the third person. Big Brother has several voices and is neither male nor female, although its voices can be either male or female, depending on which member of the production crew is taking on the role at that time. Big Brother is also emotionless and will address Housemates with objectivity, although it is sensitive and empathetic in difficult times for Housemates. At all times, Big Brother's decisions are final.
The Diary Room
The Diary Room is small room where Housemates are allowed to privately tell Big Brother about their issues and worries about other Housemates, as well as ask Big Brother for items for the house. The Diary Room is also used by Big Brother when it needs to speak to individual Housemates alone for any reason. Some of the Housemates are comfortable enough in the Diary Room to discuss personal feelings, issues and even general personal business not relating to the house. The Diary Room is the only place in the Big Brother House where the Celebrity Housemates can talk directly to Big Brother. With a few exceptions during Celebrity Big Brother 10, the Diary Room is always used for nominations (see below).
The main feature of the Diary Room is the chair used. Usually, the chair is the same as the Summer series that preceded it, but in some cases the chair is completely changed. In Celebrity Big Brother 1, the chair was covered in red fabric to tie in with the Comic Relief theme. The next series to change the chair completely was Celebrity Big Brother 4. Celebrity Big Brother 7 featured a completely different chair and theme to the series before; the Diary Room was based on a theme ground with a cart as the chair.
Following the move to Channel 5 in 2011, a corridor was introduced to separate the Diary Room from the House. This changed once again in 2013 when for the first time in Big Brother UK history the diary room was moved upstairs, near the Big Brother house main exit.
Each week, usually on a Monday, the Housemates are individually called to the Diary Room by Big Brother in alphabetical order, where they must nominate two fellow Housemates for eviction privately.
Housemates must provide full and frank reasons for nominating their chosen Housemates and cannot nominate themselves. Once all Housemates (or all Housemates eligible to nominate) have nominated, the two or more Housemates with the most nominations are then put to the public vote, where the Housemate or Housemates with the most votes are evicted in a live Friday night eviction. The nominations are not revealed to the Housemates by Big Brother until the day after the nominations process, usually a Tuesday, when voting has already begun. On a Friday afternoon, nominated Housemates have their suitcases delivered to them so they may pack in anticipation of the evening's eviction.
A strictly enforced rule is that Housemates are not to discuss nominations. This includes telling other Housemates who they have nominated, who they will or might nominate in future weeks, or speculating as to who will nominate who. Violation of this rule will result in a punishment on the offending Housemate, or on the entire House; such examples include a probationary warning, a ban on nominating that week, automatically facing the public vote, or the entire House except the offending Housemate facing the public vote. This rule has been relaxed in certain series: in Celebrity Big Brother 8, the first celebrity series on Channel 5, Housemates were given permission by Big Brother to discuss nominations for the first week only. This continued in Celebrity Big Brother 9, but from Celebrity Big Brother 10 onwards, Housemates are forbidden from discussing nominations from the very start, and will face severe repercussions if this rule is broken.
On eviction night, Big Brother plays crowd noise into the house so that housemates are unable to hear the outside crowd; this is done in order to enforce the rule of "no contact with the outside world".
During Celebrity Big Brother's run on Channel 4, Davina McCall would reveal the results to the housemates, addressing them with the following scripted speech:
(Celebrity) Big Brother House, this is Davina. You are live on Channel 4; please do not swear. (nominated housemates' names), the lines are closed; the votes have been counted and verified, and I can now reveal that the nth person to be evicted from the (Celebrity) Big Brother House is...(evicted housemate's name). (evicted housemate's name), it's now time for you to say your goodbyes; I'm coming to get you!
From Series 8 to 11, Brian Dowling used an altered spiel to reveal the results to the housemates:
Big Brother House, this is Brian. (Nominated housemates' names), your time has come. For the last (time since voting lines opened), the Great British public have been voting to save. I can now reveal that the housemate/person with the fewest/least votes, and who's the nth to be evicted is...(evicted housemate's name). (Evicted housemate's name), you've lost your place in the (Celebrity) Big Brother House. You have 30 seconds to say your goodbyes.
Emma Willis' speech to the house was further tweaked:
Celebrity Big Brother House, this is Emma. (Nominated housemates' names), the public have spoken; your fate has been sealed. For the last (time since voting lines opened), the Great British public have been voting to save. I can now reveal that the housemate with the fewest votes, and who's the nth to be evicted is...(evicted housemate's name). (Evicted housemate's name), you've lost your place in the Celebrity Big Brother House. You have 30 seconds to say your goodbyes.
The evicted housemate then has only a few moments (more or less 30 seconds) to say goodbye to their fellow housemates and leave. Upon leaving the house, the evicted housemate is greeted by the crowd (who either boos or cheers for them depending on their popularity). An exception occurred when Jade Goody was evicted during Celebrity Big Brother 5 after the racism controversy that dominated the series – she came out to no crowd.
During the show's run on Channel 4, the evicted housemate was taken past a bank of paparazzos, and led to a nearby studio to be interviewed about their time in the house. Since the show moved to Channel 5, the evictees now pose for cameras for a few seconds before the show goes to a break, after which they are interviewed in a new eviction studio, relocated outside in a purpose-built eye-shaped portable just at the end of the stage. This was done because Endemol was not able to gain access to the George Lucas Stage, where interviews were previously held, in time for the show's relaunch. This change has continued in later series.
Live final and the winner
At the beginning of the live final, a small number of housemates remain in the house, having survived numerous evictions. In early series, there were three housemates remaining for the Final, but in recent series there have been as many as six or seven. The public are asked to vote for their favourite surviving housemate to win a cash prize for charity and be crowned the winner of Celebrity Big Brother. Voting freezes occur periodically during the show, with the housemates finishing lower than second place being evicted and interviewed. The winner is announced and the first runner-up then leaves the house and is interviewed, followed by the winner, who is treated to a cheering crowd and a fireworks display before their interview.
Before the show's move to Channel 5, the final was a two-show programme. The housemates finishing lower than third place would be evicted and interviewed in the first show. The third place finisher would be announced, and the show would take a half hour break before the second show. In the second show, the third place housemate would be evicted and interviewed, and the winner would be announced, with the runner-up being evicted and interviewed, and the winner leaving the house to the fireworks, cheering crowd, and interview.
Series details and viewership
Channel 4 (2000–2010)
|Series||Launch date||Final date||Days||Housemates||Winner||Average viewers
|Celebrity Big Brother 1||9 March 2001||16 March 2001||8||6||Jack Dee||5.2||8|
|Celebrity Big Brother 2||20 November 2002||29 November 2002||10||Mark Owen||4.4||12|
|Celebrity Big Brother 3||6 January 2005||23 January 2005||18||9||Mark "Bez" Berry||4.3||18|
|Celebrity Big Brother 4||5 January 2006||27 January 2006||23||11||Chantelle Houghton||4.9||28|
|Celebrity Big Brother 5||3 January 2007||28 January 2007||26||14||Shilpa Shetty||4.6||30|
|Celebrity Big Brother 6||2 January 2009||23 January 2009||22||11||Ulrika Jonsson||3.3||28|
|Celebrity Big Brother 7||3 January 2010||29 January 2010||27||12||Alex Reid||3.7||32|
Channel 5 (2011–present)
|Series||Launch date||Final date||Days||Housemates||Winner||Average viewers
|Celebrity Big Brother 8||18 August 2011||8 September 2011||22||10||Paddy Doherty||2.8||23|
|Celebrity Big Brother 9||5 January 2012||27 January 2012||23||12||Denise Welch||2.6||25|
|Celebrity Big Brother 10||15 August 2012||7 September 2012||24||13||Julian Clary||2.2||26|
|Celebrity Big Brother 11||3 January 2013||25 January 2013||23||11||Rylan Clark||2.8||23|
|Celebrity Big Brother 12||22 August 2013||13 September 2013||23||13||Charlotte Crosby||2.3||26|
|Celebrity Big Brother 13||3 January 2014||TBA||22||TBD|
Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack was a spin-off series that was broadcast on E4 in January 2008. It was presented by Dermot O'Leary, which was his final Big Brother series, and narrated by Marcus Bentley. The series launched on 3 January both on Channel 4 and E4. After the launch, all Big Brother programmes were only shown on E4. The series was a twist on the Celebrity Big Brother format. Instead of the celebrities playing the role of Housemates, the celebrities became Big Brother itself.
|Launch date||Final date||Days||Housemates||Winner||Average viewers
|3 January 2008||28 January 2008||26||12||John Loughton||0.7||26|
Channel 4 (2000–2010)
|Celebrity Big Brother 1||N/A||N/A||2001|
|Celebrity Big Brother 2||O
|Celebrity Big Brother 3||TalkTalk||Get together||2005|
|Celebrity Big Brother 4||Carphone Warehouse||Get star treatment||See note 1||2006|
|Celebrity Big Brother 5||See note 2||2007|
|Celebrity Hijack||Virgin Mobile||For a Happy House||2008|
|Celebrity Big Brother 6||Dreams||Britain's leading bed specialist||See note 3||2009|
|Celebrity Big Brother 7||Everything for a great night's sleep||2010|
Channel 5 (2011–present)
|Celebrity Big Brother 8||Freederm||Well worth a closer look||2011|
|Celebrity Big Brother 9||Plusnet||N/A||2012|
|Celebrity Big Brother 10||Schwarzkopf Live Color XXL||If you've got the attitude we've got the colour|
|Celebrity Big Brother 11||Dreams||Britain's favourite bed specialist||2013|
|Celebrity Big Brother 12||SuperCasino||Feel it for real||See note 4|
- ^1 The Carphone Warehouse is the parent company of TalkTalk, the previous sponsor. They also had a deal of £2.5m-a-year to sponsor the Big Brother franchise
- ^2 Due to the race row, the sponsorship was cut off halfway through the series
- ^3 The cost of this sponsorship was £800,000
- ^4 This sponsorship is only shown after 9.00pm
Controversy and criticism
Since it began in 2001, the concept and implementation of Celebrity Big Brother has been the subject of controversy and criticism among the British public and media. There have been various investigations by numerous organisations, including TV watchdogs and the police.
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