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Big Brother
 
 
Series 6 (2005)
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Big Brother 2005, also known as Big Brother 6, was the sixth series of the British reality television series Big Brother. The show followed sixteen contestants, known as housemates, who were isolated from the outside world for an extended period of time in a custom built House. Each week, one or more of the housemates were evicted by a public vote. The last remaining housemate, Anthony Hutton, was declared the winner, winning a cash prize of £50,000. Runner-up Eugene Sully also won the same amount during a task, two days before the final.

The series launched on Channel 4 on 27 May 2005 and ended on 12 August 2005, lasting 78 days - the fifth longest British edition of Big Brother to date. Davina McCall returned as presenter for her sixth consecutive year. Thirteen housemates entered on launch night, with an additional three being introduced in the fourth week. The series was watched by an average of 4.6 million viewers, the fourth highest viewed series of the show to date (joint with Big Brother 4).

Big Brother 6 was the subject of viewer complaints and press attention regarding a variety of controversial scenes.

Production[edit]

Announcement and promotion[edit]

A teaser advertisement for Big Brother 2005

The sixth series of Big Brother was first confirmed in 2002, when Channel 4 made a deal with franchise owner Endemol to keep the show on the air until at least 2005.[1] In early 2005, Channel 4 confirmed that Big Brother would return for its sixth series in the summer of that year.[2][3] After speculation[4] that the "evil" theme from the previous series would not return, executive producer Sharon Powers told the press that Big Brother would "continue to be evil this year".[5]

For the fifth year in a row, Channel 4 commissioned graphic designer Daniel Eatock to create the "Big Brother eye".[6] The eye was a sliced mirror of alternating black and blue strips, in reality, two eyes on top of each other. It was publicly revealed on 30 April 2005.[7] Promotional material included an art installation of the eye at the Truman Brewery in East London, constructed out of over 1000 cardboard boxes (some of which contained televisions).[6]

On 9 May 2005, Channel 4 began airing countdown bumpers, eighteen days before the launch.[8]

Presenters and programming[edit]

Davina McCall, who had presented the show since its inception in 2000 was confirmed to return to the sixth series as presenter of the live shows, such as launch night, weekly evictions, the finale and other special live shows.[2] Nightly highlights were broadcast on Channel 4, narrated by Marcus Bentley. Dermot O'Leary returned as presenter of Big Brother's Little Brother weekdays on Channel 4 and Sunday lunchtime.[2] On E4, live coverage once again dominated its daily and nightly schedule, with additional live streaming online.[9] Nominations Uncut and Diary Room Uncut also returned. Big Brother's EFourum – introduced in the previous year – was revamped and its name changed to Big Brother's Big Mouth, with Russell Brand continuing as presenter of that show.[2] It was also announced that E4 would be available on the Freeview platform from May 2005, to coincide with the beginning of the series.[10]

Housemates and prize[edit]

For the second year, open auditions were used to select housemates; these took place between 5 February and 6 March 2005.[11] The broadcaster told the press that there would be thirteen housemates with a theme of "unlucky thirteen," inspired by triskaidekaphobia.[5]

The winner stood to earn £100,000, however two days before the final, housemate Eugene was offered half of the prize money by Big Brother. He was unaware that refusing the money would have doubled the prize fund to £200,000. He took the money which meant eventual winner Anthony won the same amount as Eugene.[12]

The House[edit]

Presenter Davina McCall tours the House. She is standing in the bedroom and behind her from left to right are: the dining table, Diary Room, living area, and kitchen.

The House for Big Brother 2005 was a radical change from the oppressive and angled House from the previous year. House designer Patrick Watson described the design as "aspirational and yet not wildly practical."[13] Although the House was still quite small, light pale colours and high camera angles gave the viewer the impression that the House is larger than it actually is. Watson also revealed that he accomplished this by extensively utilising mirrors for an airier and cooler atmosphere.[13] Channel 4 described the House as the boldest one at the time and Watson stated it to be complementary to "iPod neutrality."[13]

Pictures of the House were released on 24 May 2005, revealing the outdoor shower and pool.[14] There was a row of three outdoor showers that replace the need for a complete bathroom; two other toilets were contained indoors, one in the living room and one in the bedroom. The tiled floor lead onto the wooden deck of the pool, this year a circular pool positioned in a corner of the garden.[14] The other side of the showers lead towards the slightly elevated glass-box lounge that originally had multi-levelled green couches but were eventually replaced with low orange ones.[15][16]

More pictures were released to the press later in the day.[15] These depicted the exterior of the Diary Room: a chaotic web of sliced and angled mirrors giving housemates a distorted reflection of the rest of the House.[15] These pictures also showed that the House was composed of one main, column-free, airy room with cream-coloured carpeting on which the dining table rested and an elevated kitchen containing a row of yellow cabinets. For the first time, an American-style refrigerator was utilised, giving the housemates more space for food and located next to the store-room.[15] However, the glass wall that allowed housemates to view the bedroom from the living area was disguised as a mirror to ensure that viewers would not be able to count how many housemates would be in the House.[17][15] Finally, only a few days before launch night, pictures of a loft in the garden leaked to the press.[18] On Day 1, it was shown that it was painted green rather than the pink shown in the pictures.[16][18] It was also revealed that the bedroom would contain a "heat-seeking" thermal camera.[19]

The Secret Garden[edit]

On the opposite side of the main Diary Room entrance was another door, which lead to the "Secret Garden". The Secret Garden was an indoor room decorated like a jungle, and contained a fridge, basic cooking utensils and crockery, a hatch, three beds, a decorative stag head (which was revealed to be able to speak), a television screen and an adjoining toilet. The Garden also contained a telephone that Big Brother used to communicate quietly with the secret housemates, and a "Quiet" sign that illuminated whenever one of the main housemates occupied the Diary Room.

It was first used on Day 29, when housemates Kinga Karolczak, Orlaith McAllister and Eugene Sully secretly entered the House, minutes after Roberto Conte was evicted. For several days, the three housemates had to live in the Secret Garden, with only Makosi knowing their existence. The only clothing initially supplied to the three secret housemates was fig-leaf underwear. With Makosi's help, they had to steal clothes and food from the main Big Brother House when the other housemates were asleep, and to make sure that the other housemates did not find out about them. The secret housemates stayed in the Secret Garden until Day 32, when Orlaith and Eugene were selected by Makosi to enter the main House and become true housemates.

Housemates[edit]

13 housemates entered the House on Day 1. In week 5, three other housemates entered the Secret Garden. Makosi then chose two of them to enter the main House, Orlaith and Eugene. When Orlaith voluntarily left weeks later, Kinga who was the third housemate from the Secret Garden re-entered the House.

Name Age[1] Nationality Hometown Occupation[2] Status
Anthony Hutton 23 England Newcastle 70s dancer 1st - Winner
Eugene Sully 27 England Crawley Student 2nd - Runner-up
Makosi Musambasi 24 Zimbabwe Buckinghamshire Cardiac nurse 3rd - Third Place
Kinga Karolczak 20 Poland London Market researcher 4th - Evicted
Craig Coates 20 England Norfolk Hair stylist 5th - Evicted
Derek Laud 40 England London Speech writer 6th - Evicted
Orlaith McAllister 26 Northern Ireland Belfast Student/model 7th - Walked
Kemal Shahin 19 Turkey London Student/male belly dancer 8th - Evicted
Science (Kieron) Harvey 22 England Leeds Entertainment entrepreneur 9th - Evicted
Vanessa Layton-McIntosh 19 England London Student 10th - Evicted
Maxwell Ward 24 England London Maintenance engineer 11th - Evicted
Saskia Howard-Clarke 23 England London Promotions girl 12th - Evicted
Roberto Conte 32 Italy Liverpool Teacher 13th - Evicted
Sam Heuston 23 England London Student 14th - Evicted
Lesley Sanderson 19 England Huddersfield Sales assistant 15th - Evicted
Mary O'Leary 30 Republic of Ireland Dublin Psychic advisor/writer/white witch 16th - Evicted

Notes[edit]

  • ^ Ages at the time the housemate entered the House
  • ^ Occupation at the time the housemate entered the House

Weekly summary[edit]

Week 1 Tasks
  • The "unlucky thirteenth" housemate was chosen randomly on Day 1 as Makosi, when she was first to respond to a call by Big Brother for "a housemate" to go to the Diary Room. Makosi was told she would automatically be up for eviction that week unless she managed to get the most nominations from her housemates, in which case she had to nominate two people for eviction. She was to keep this task secret. Makosi succeeded in her secret mission and chose Craig and Mary to be up for eviction instead.
  • On Day 3, housemates had to paint portraits of each other, to hang in the living area.
  • On Day 4, housemates had to each perform a rap about each other to win Mary a birthday party.
Exits
  • Mary was evicted on Day 8.
Week 2 Tasks
  • On Day 9, housemates had to participate in a counting task where each housemate had to count as high as they could while being distracted by Big Brother. Saskia won the task and won the chance to become Big Brother for a week. She was allowed to watch selected Diary Room sessions, create punishments, and fulfil or reject housemate requests.
  • On Day 12, housemates had to participate in the "Big Brother Hospital Task." Roberto was randomly chosen to become the head doctor and chose Saskia, Science, and Vanessa as his nurses. Every other housemate was diagnosed with a problem and had to follow the rules of their injuries. Kemal, Lesley, Makosi and Vanessa didn't wear their hospital outfits on the third day and failed the task. Due to this, the House received a basic shopping budget for the next week.
Punishments
  • Maxwell was given some underwear after requesting some from Big Brother. He was unhappy with the underwear he was given and burned them with a lighter. The next day, he was forced to wear a baby's outfit and sit on "The Naughty Step" for three hours.
  • In a conversation together, Vanessa broke the game rules by telling Lesley whom she would be nominating. Although the nominations still took place, Big Brother decided to ignore the results and ruled that, for the first time in the UK series, every housemate would be up for eviction.
Exits
  • Lesley was evicted on Day 15.
Week 3 Tasks
  • On Day 16, the housemates participated in the Box Task. Each housemate had to sit in a cardboard box for as long as they could. The winner of the task received luxury meals and an unlimited supply of wine for the week. After 26 hours and 16 minutes, Anthony, Derek, and Roberto were announced as the joint-winners of the task.
  • On Day 18, for the shopping task, housemates had to participate in a Pirate Task. All housemates besides the captain had to do various tasks involving being a pirate and were only allowed two fails per day. Science was randomly chosen as the captain. The housemates failed the task by incurring a total of 28 fails in three days.
  • On Day 20, Big Brother held a speed dating task. Big Brother paired each housemate with three other housemates and they had to go on two-minute dates with each of them.
  • On Day 22, Science requested toilet paper. Big Brother gave him a secret task. He was told that for every housemate that he slapped on the bottom, he would receive one roll of toilet paper. Science slapped everyone but Anthony, Derek, and Maxwell and received seven rolls.
Punishments
  • On Day 16, during the box task, Kemal put a dirty toilet brush into Roberto's box and was punished by having to sit on the Naughty Step for two hours.
  • Craig, Derek and Roberto were banned from nominating after talking about the nomination procedure, breaking a key rule. Clips of their discussions (mainly concerning Saskia) were played into the House via the plasma screen in the living room.
Exits
  • Sam was evicted on Day 22.
Week 4 Tasks
  • On Day 23, the housemates participated in the "Chicken and Egg Task." Each housemate had to dress in a chicken suit and was required to keep one hand on an egg at all times. Makosi was the only housemate to fail the task and the rest of the housemates were given a party.
  • On Day 24, Big Brother set the housemates the Workhouse task. Maxwell selected himself to be worker number one, automatically making him the unlucky worker. Maxwell was assigned to disgusting tasks such as sorting maggots. The true task was for the other housemates to convince Maxwell that they too were performing the same tasks. In reality, Big Brother provided them with luxurious treats while Maxwell worked. The housemates passed the task and won a luxury budget.
  • On Day 27, Derek requested cigars and was given a secret mission to receive them. For every housemate that kissed him, he would receive one cigar. He received a kiss from every housemate, but because Saskia figured out it was a secret mission and told Science about it, he only received seven cigars.
Punishments
  • On Day 24, Vanessa was initially supposed to be the unlucky housemate in the Workhouse task, but backed out and Maxwell took her spot. After it was revealed that they passed the task, Vanessa was told that she was not allowed to eat anything that was bought on the shopping budget and instead she would eat three meals a day given to her by Big Brother.
Exits
  • Roberto was evicted on Day 29.
Week 5 Entrances
  • On Day 29, moments after Roberto was evicted, Eugene, Kinga and Orlaith entered the Secret Garden - a secret area in the house where they were forced to live 24 hours a day.
Tasks
  • On Day 30, less than 24 hours after Kinga, Eugene and Orlaith had entered the Secret Garden, a red button appeared in the main House. Makosi pressed the button and was immediately called to the Diary Room. She entered the Secret Garden, met Kinga, Eugene and Orlaith, and was instructed to help them by stealing food and other supplies from the main House. If she failed to do so or was discovered by her fellow housemates, she would be automatically put up for the public vote. Makosi was successful in her task.
  • Before completing the task, Makosi had to evict one housemate from the Secret Garden – she chose Kinga.
  • On Day 34, the housemates had to put on "Romeo and Juliet: The Ballet." Anthony played the role of Romeo and Orlaith played the role of Juliet. They correctly reenacted the ballet and received a luxury shopping budget for the week.
Punishments
  • For the third time, nominations had been discussed, this time between Maxwell and Anthony, so they were banned from nominating.
Exits
  • Kinga was evicted by Makosi's sole vote on Day 32.
  • Saskia was evicted on Day 36.
Week 6 Tasks
  • On Day 37, the housemates were given a crying task. The housemates had to fill up one teaspoon with tears. The housemates passed the task and were rewarded with a luxury meal.
  • On Day 38, Big Brother sent the housemates on "holiday" as part of their shopping task. Vanessa was randomly chosen to become the main "Holiday Rep." She chose Makosi and Orlaith to be her assistants. The Holiday Reps had to do everything in their power to make the other housemates have an enjoyable holiday. The reps had to cook all food for the housemates, start conga lines at random times of the day, organize beauty contests, and clean the House. The House incurred a total of 10 fails in three days, and therefore failed the shopping task.
  • On Day 40, Eugene was on a secret mission to mimic the first person that asked him a question. Because Makosi was the first one to ask him a question, he had to mimic her. But Makosi figured out that Eugene was mimicking her and he failed the task.
  • On Day 41, the housemates were given a Mass Debating task. Maxwell and Science had to choose teams and the teams had to write speeches about why their chosen housemate should stay in the House. Maxwell chose Anthony, Derek, Kemal, and Orlaith for his team. Science chose Craig, Eugene, Makosi, and Vanessa for his team. Because Maxwell was evicted on Friday, Team Science received a party.
Exits
  • Maxwell was evicted on Day 43.
Week 7 Tasks
  • On Day 44, Kemal was chosen to compete in a quiz where he would have to answer various general knowledge questions. He answered 9 out of 10 questions correctly and won video messages from home for all of the housemates.
  • Big Brother played mind games with the housemates, informing them that during the week Big Brother would lie twice. Big Brother then told housemates that nominations that week were optional. This was Big Brother's first lie. All nominations are compulsory, so the housemates who did not nominate were put to the public vote as punishment. When the results of the nominations were announced Big Brother stated that Anthony, Craig and Kemal were up for eviction. This was Big Brother's second lie. In fact, these three were the only housemates to nominate, so it was everyone else who was subject to the public vote.
  • On Day 47, the housemates were given a sporting arena task, the Big Brother Games, where selected housemates trained and competed in four events: synchronised swimming, rhythmic gymnatics, cycling and trampolining. Kemal was excused due to illness, but opened the games with singing and commentated throughout. Points were awarded for each event, if the housemates accumulated 50 points or more during the competition they would win a luxury shopping budget. The housemates total score as a group was 27 points, therefore they failed the task.
Exits
  • The housemates had to pick whom to evict out of the two people with the most votes. These turned out to be Makosi and Vanessa, with Makosi receiving the largest percentage of votes. Six of the seven housemates chose to evict Vanessa, with only Kemal voting to evict Makosi, meaning Vanessa was evicted on Day 50.
Week 8 Tasks
  • On Day 52, the housemates were given a singing task. The housemates have to communicate by singing. They succeeded and were rewarded with a tennis court and equipment in the garden.
  • On Day 53, The housemates had to become dogs and dog trainers. They failed this task because of numerous fails and because Science ran away from his owner, Kemal.
Exits
  • Science was evicted On Day 57.
Week 9 Tasks
  • On Day 60, instead of nominating two people to evict the housemates each nominated two people they wished to save from the public vote. Kemal and Orlaith received the least nominations, and therefore faced eviction.
  • The housemates were given a secret agent task to complete. Kemal was randomly being selected to be a double agent for this task. The housemates failed to realise this, so passed the task. Derek, who they thought was the Double Agent, was sent into hiding overnight.
Exits
  • Kemal was evicted on Day 64.
Week 10 Tasks
  • On Day 66, Kinga entered the House as Orlaith's replacement. As she was sent in, she was told that if she got at least one person to not nominate her this week, she will be immune from eviction and definitely be in the House for the final week and will be eligible to win. She managed to pass the task easily, receiving no nominations at all.
  • The housemates were given a rodeo task to complete, where they had to master rodeo skills, these being sharp shooting, line dancing, lassoing and riding the bucking bronco for a rodeo show. To be successful they had to pass at least three of the four events, the housemates failed and received a basic shopping budget for the final week.
Exits
  • Orlaith walked voluntarily on Day 65. Derek was evicted on Day 71.
Week 11 Tasks
  • On Day 72, Big Brother called a housemate to the Diary Room, Makosi went in and was given a red envelope as part of a special secret mission, she was asked to keep it hidden. Later on a gingerbread House was placed in the garden and Makosi stepped inside, this turned out to be a cage which was suspended above the garden. When Makosi was told to open the envelope, it simply said "You Have Been Kidnapped". One by one the other housemates were called to the Diary Room and offered treats, if they took the treat Makosi would remain in the cage for a further thirty minutes, only Eugene, the last housemate called, refused his treat. Makosi was kidnapped for a total of 3 hours and 15 minutes.
  • On Day 73, housemates were informed that they would be hypnotised, and if they all took part successfully they would receive a reward. One by one they were called to the Diary Room and given the information that this was fake, they were each given a secret mission, given a trigger word, and when it is said in the House they should convince the other housemates they are hypnotised to behave a certain way, for example, Anthony was given the trigger word "hotstuff" and told to pretend he was in a nightclub chatting up fellow housemates. All the housemates received the same secret mission, and passed to receive a reward of cocktails and ice cream.
  • On Day 74, housemates were given the task to perform The Big Brother Play, where they would re-enact memorable moments playing past and present housemates, and they chose the genre of "arguments" to perform. They were successful and won an "after show" party with non-alcoholic drinks.
  • On Day 75, housemates were given a cheerleading task, where in costume they had to perform a cheerleading routine. They were successful and received a takeaway as a reward.
  • About one hour after Craig was evicted, Big Brother called a housemate to the Diary Room and Eugene was first to respond. He sat down behind a suitcase containing £50,000 in cash - half the winner's prize money. Big Brother told him he had the option of winning half this money, leaving the other half for the winner. Big Brother told the remaining housemates that if he turned down the money, the prize money would double to £200,000. Eugene was given one minute to make to his decision while he was watched on screen by the rest of the housemates. After about 50 seconds, Eugene made his decision and chose to take the £50,000.
Exits
  • On Day 76, during dinner, Craig was evicted in a surprise mid-week eviction, for being the housemate to have received the least votes (only 3.9%) from the public to win Big Brother on Wednesday evening.
  • On Day 78, the final, Kinga received the least number of public votes (4.1% of the four-way total) and came in 4th place. Makosi came third with 8.7% of the three-way vote. Eugene was next to leave, coming second with 42.7% of the final two-way vote. With 57.3% of the two-way vote, Anthony was the winner of Big Brother 2005.

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
Final
Nominations for eviction received
Day 5[20] Day 6 Day 46 Day 50
Anthony Derek,
Makosi
Not
eligible
Derek,
Vanessa
Derek,
Sam
Derek,
Vanessa
Banned Derek,
Science
Derek,
Kemal
Vanessa Science,
Orlaith
Craig,
Makosi
Derek,
Eugene
Winner
(Day 78)
8
Eugene Not in
House
Secret
Garden
Anthony,
Maxwell
Refused Vanessa Science,
Orlaith
Craig,
Derek
Makosi,
Anthony
Runner-up
(Day 78)
6
Makosi Roberto,
Anthony
Mary,
Craig
Derek,
Sam
Roberto,
Derek
Science,
Anthony
Maxwell,
Saskia,
Kinga
Orlaith,
Maxwell
Refused Nominated Kemal,
Derek
Eugene,
Anthony
Derek,
Eugene
Third place
(Day 78)
12
Kinga Not in
House
Secret
Garden
Evicted
(Day 32)
Makosi,
Craig
Fourth place
(Day 78)
1
Craig Makosi,
Kemal
Not
eligible
Sam,
Saskia
Banned Makosi,
Derek
Science,
Makosi
Kemal,
Science
Derek,
Eugene
Vanessa Science,
Makosi
Anthony,
Orlaith
Eugene,
Derek
Evicted
(Day 76)
7
Derek Sam,
Saskia
Not
eligible
Sam,
Saskia
Banned Maxwell,
Anthony
Saskia,
Maxwell
Maxwell,
Anthony
Refused Vanessa Science,
Orlaith
Eugene,
Kemal
Anthony,
Craig
Evicted
(Day 71)
27
Orlaith Not in
House
Secret
Garden
Eugene,
Maxwell
Refused Vanessa Kemal,
Derek
Anthony,
Craig
Walked
(Day 65)
5
Kemal Maxwell,
Sam
Not
eligible
Roberto,
Derek
Roberto,
Science
Roberto,
Science
Saskia,
Maxwell
Anthony,
Maxwell
Science,
Makosi
Makosi Science,
Orlaith
Derek,
Makosi
Evicted
(Day 64)
7
Science Roberto,
Maxwell
Not
eligible
Maxwell,
Derek
Maxwell,
Saskia
Derek,
Roberto
Craig,
Maxwell
Maxwell,
Craig
Refused Vanessa Craig,
Derek
Evicted
(Day 57)
18
Vanessa Sam,
Roberto
Not
eligible
Sam,
Saskia
Sam,
Roberto
Science,
Derek
Maxwell,
Saskia
Science,
Eugene
Refused Nominated Evicted
(Day 50)
13
Maxwell Makosi,
Vanessa
Not
eligible
Derek,
Science
Roberto,
Sam
Roberto,
Derek
Banned Kemal,
Science
Evicted
(Day 43)
17
Saskia Mary,
Craig
Not
eligible
Derek,
Lesley
Roberto,
Derek
Derek,
Roberto
Makosi,
Science
Evicted
(Day 36)
11
Roberto Science,
Vanessa
Exempt Vanessa,
Sam
Banned Vanessa,
Kemal
Evicted
(Day 29)
15
Sam Vanessa,
Derek
Exempt Lesley,
Derek
Roberto,
Maxwell
Evicted
(Day 22)
13
Lesley Sam,
Makosi
Not
eligible
Sam,
Saskia
Evicted
(Day 15)
2
Mary Saskia,
Roberto
Not
eligible
Evicted
(Day 8)
2
Nomination note 1 2 3 none 4 none 5 none 6 7 8
Against
public vote
Makosi,
Roberto,
Sam
Craig,
Mary
Anthony,
Craig,
Derek,
Kemal,
Lesley,
Makosi,
Maxwell,
Roberto,
Sam,
Saskia,
Science,
Vanessa
Derek,
Roberto,
Sam
Derek,
Roberto
Maxwell,
Saskia
Maxwell,
Science
Derek,
Eugene,
Makosi,
Orlaith,
Science,
Vanessa
Makosi, Vanessa Orlaith,
Science
Kemal,
Orlaith
Derek,
Eugene
Anthony,
Craig,
Eugene,
Kinga,
Makosi
Walked none Orlaith none
Evicted None Mary
60%
to evict
Lesley
36%
to evict
Sam
59%
to evict
Roberto
53%
to evict
Kinga
Makosi's choice
to evict
Maxwell
57%
to evict
None Vanessa
6 of 7 votes
to evict
Science
50.5%
to evict
Kemal
51.1%
to evict
Derek
58%
to evict
Craig
3.9%
(out of 5)
Kinga
4.1%
(out of 4)
Makosi
8.7%
(out of 3)
Eugene
42.7%
(out of 2)
Saskia
71%
to evict
Anthony
57.3%
to win

[20]

Notes[edit]

  • ^Note 1 : Makosi was told on Day 1 that the housemates who received the most nominations that week would be immune from the first eviction. She was therefore given the secret mission of trying to get the most nominations that week. She succeeded in her task, receiving the most nominations along with Roberto and Sam, who were now immune. She then had to nominate two housemates to face eviction, as all the other housemates' nominations became voided. She nominated Mary and Craig.
  • ^Note 2 : As punishment for Vanessa discussing nominations, all housemates automatically faced eviction and their nominations were voided. Had this not happened, Derek and Sam would have faced the public vote.
  • ^Note 3 : As punishment for discussing nominations, Craig, Derek and Roberto were banned from nominating.
  • ^Note 4 : As punishment for discussing nominations, Anthony and Maxwell were banned from nominating. After Roberto's eviction, three new housemates entered the secret garden, where they secretly lived alongside the original housemates. As Makosi was on a secret mission, she had to evict one person from the secret garden, the other two entered the house. Makosi chose to evict Kinga, and Eugene and Orlaith entered the house.
  • ^Note 5 : Big Brother set the housemates a task, telling them Big Brother would lie to them twice. Big Brother told the housemates that the week's nominations were optional. This was the first lie. As always, nominations were compulsory; those that did not nominate would face the public vote. Only Anthony, Craig and Kemal nominated - saving them from the public vote. Big Brother then told the second lie by announcing that the housemates up for eviction were Anthony, Craig and Kemal, when in fact they were the only housemates not up. On eviction night, Makosi and Vanessa were announced to have received the most votes and the remaining housemates had to decide who to evict. Vanessa was evicted with 6 votes, with only Kemal voting to evict Makosi.
  • ^Note 6 : Instead of nominating those that they wanted to evict, the housemates had to nominate those who they wanted to stay in the house, with the two or more housemates with the least nominations facing the public vote.
  • ^Note 7 : After Orlaith walked, Kinga entered the house. She was instantly set a secret mission in which she needed to get at least one person not to nominate her. If one person failed to nominate her, she would gain immunity and would definitely appear in the final week. She passed her task as none of the housemates nominated her.
  • ^Note 8 : There were no nominations in the final week. There was also a mid-week eviction. The housemate who had received the fewest votes from the public (to win) by Wednesday night would finish in fifth place, leaving four housemates in the final. This housemate was Craig, leaving Anthony, Eugene, Kinga, and Makosi in the final four.

Reception[edit]

Big Brother 6 received mixed reviews from professional critics. While one critic called the show "dull and unlikeable",[21] another called it "refreshing viewing".[21] Charlie Brooker called the series "foul and unsettling",and wrote an article criticising most of the housemates individually.[22]

Eleven years after the conclusion of Big Brother 6, columnist Rupert Hawksley opined that the series potentially marked "the moment when Big Brother began its ongoing gurgle in the gutter".[23]

Viewership[edit]

These viewing figures are taken from BARB.[24]

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11
Sat - 3.6m 2.9m 3.5m 2.6m 3.4m 2.7m 2.5m 2.9m 2.5m 2.1m 2.5m
Sun - 4.0m 4.2m 4.1m 2.9m 4.7m 4.6m 4.2m 4.1m 4.2m 5.3m 4.2m
Mon - 3.8m 4.0m 3.3m 3.8m 4.9m 5.3m 4.9m 5.1m 4.6m 5.2m 5.0m
Tue - 3.9m 4.5m 4.1m 4.7m 5.7m 5.8m 4.8m 4.4m 4.4m 5.3m 4.7m
Wed - 4.8m 4.1m 4.1m 4.7m 5.4m 5.2m 4.6m 4.6m 4.3m 4.9m 4.2m
6.6m
Thu - 4.6m 3.9m 4.4m 4.1m 5.7m 4.9m 4.7m 4.2m 5.3m 4.6m 4.8m
Fri 6.0m 4.2m 4.3m 4.0m 4.7m 5.3m 5.2m 5.2m 4.5m 4.4m 5.0m 6.6m
5.2m 5.4m 4.7m 5.6m 6.6m 5.8m 6.4m 5.2m 5.6m 5.6m 7.7m
Weekly
average
4.5m 4.6m 4.0m 4.1m 5.2m 4.9m 4.7m 4.4m 4.4m 4.9m 5.1m
Running
average
4.5m 4.7m 4.2m 4.2m 4.5m 4.5m 4.5m 4.5m 4.5m 4.5m 4.6m
Series
average
4.6m

Criticism and controversy[edit]

Throughout the sixth series, Big Brother was subject to numerous complaints from the viewing public.[25][26][27] While some were generalised concerns about the welfare of the housemates,[25]:10 others referred to specific incidents, including but not limited to: Maxwell's claim to have put scabs from his feet into Science's food;[28] scenes filmed in the pool that led some viewers, and housemates, to believe that Anthony and Makosi had sex;[29] Craig allegedly making "unwelcome advances"[25] towards Anthony; Kinga allegedly masturbating with a wine bottle;[25] hostility directed towards Makosi by the live crowd and, allegedly, Davina McCall during the Live Final;[25][30][31] and Channel 4 breaking the Advertising Standards Authority's code.[32] There was also commentary by some viewers, and by some housemates themselves, on what appeared to be a clear racial divide between groups that formed in the House.[33] In one group were Anthony, Craig, Maxwell and Saskia (all of whom are white British). In the other were Derek (Jamaican descent), Kemal (Turkish Cypriot), Makosi (Zimbabwean), Roberto (Italian), Science (black) and Vanessa (black).

Media regulator Ofcom, which received over 900 complaints about the series, opined in response that Big Brother "offers viewers, unpalatable though it may be, a window on what some complainants believed to be the unacceptable attitudes of some members of society".[25]:18,19 Although Ofcom did not uphold any of the viewers' complaints about the series as a whole, they were particularly critical of the pool scenes and the scene involving Kinga and the wine bottle, stating that such scenes "operated at the limits of acceptability in terms of potential harm and/or offence for a programme of this nature, broadcast on this channel and at this time".[25]:16

Legacy[edit]

In 2008, Charlie Brooker created and wrote the horror mini-series Dead Set, set during a fictional series of Big Brother. It featured several former Big Brother contestants in cameo roles, including Eugene Sully, Kinga Karolczak, Makosi Musambasi and Saskia Howard-Clarke from Big Brother 6.

Housemates Makosi and Craig returned to Big Brother in 2009 as part of a retrospective week of that series, involving tasks from all previous series of Big Brother. They competed against Siavash Sabbaghpour in a recreation of the sixth series' Box task, where housemates had to remain in a cardboard box for the longest period of time.

In 2010, Makosi was a contestant in the show's final series, entitled Ultimate Big Brother, which featured memorable housemates from the first 11 series of Big Brother and its celebrity spin-off. She entered on Day 1 and became the second Ultimate housemate to be evicted on Day 11. Anthony also returned as a guest to have a picnic date with Makosi.[34]

The first three seasons of the Serbian Big Brother series, Veliki brat, used the Big Brother eye logo and the opening titles from this series.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Flynn, Paul (2005). Big Brother: Access All Areas. Channel 4 Books, a division of Transworld Publishe. ISBN 978-1-9050-2608-1. 

External links[edit]

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