Celebrity Big Brother 5 (UK)

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Celebrity Big Brother
 
 
Series 5 (2007)

Celebrity Big Brother 2007, also known as Celebrity Big Brother 5, was the fifth series of the British reality television series Celebrity Big Brother. The show followed a total of fourteen celebrity 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 eliminated from the competition and left the House. The last remaining housemate, Shilpa Shetty, was declared the winner.

The series launched on Channel 4 on 3 January 2007 and ended on 28 January 2007. Davina McCall returned as presenter, having presented both the regular edition and the celebrity edition of Big Brother since they first began. Eleven housemates entered on launch night, with an additional three being introduced two days later. The series was watched by an average of 4.6 million viewers, the third highest viewed series of the show to date. As with the previous regular series, it was broadcast in 16:9 aspect ratio, as opposed to 4:3 – the first series of Celebrity Big Brother to do so.

The series saw the return of Jade Goody, who became a celebrity after appearing on the third regular series of Big Brother in 2002, arriving with her boyfriend and mother – marking the first time in any series of Big Brother UK where family members entered together. During its original broadcast, Celebrity Big Brother 5 had become the subject of an internationally publicised racism controversy. It attracted the largest number of complaints to the UK media regulator Ofcom about a Big Brother series and, as of 2018, the second highest number of complaints about any British television broadcast of all time (after Jerry Springer: The Opera). The viewer complaints and press attention concerned housemate Shilpa Shetty, alleging that she was the subject of racist bullying from some of her fellow housemates, in particular, Jade Goody, Danielle Lloyd and Jo O'Meara. As a result, a protest took place in India; tensions increased between the UK and Indian governments; and a diplomatic incident occurred.

Following the broadcast of the series, Ofcom concluded that Celebrity Big Brother 5 had breached the Broadcasting Code, and statutory sanctions were placed on Channel 4.

Production[edit]

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The eye logo for this series was the same yellow and black spiraled eye used for Big Brother 7. Two modifications were a black background, therefore camouflaging the black spiral in the eye, and making only the yellow spiral visible. A star also replaced the pupil to correspond with the celebrity series. The star also shone with a yellow glow.

Sponsorship[edit]

The Carphone Warehouse remained as sponsor of the series, however due to highly publicised controversy which surrounded the series, Carphone Warehouse removed their long running association with Big Brother.

Broadcasts[edit]

Davina McCall presented the main Channel 4 show, including the live launch, evictions, finale and any other live show where a twist would take place. Marcus Bentley narrated the nightly highlight shows.

Dermot O'Leary presented Celebrity Big Brother's Little Brother in a teatime slot weekdays and on Sunday lunchtime. He also presented Celebrity Big Brother's Big Brain, which was introduced during the previous non-celebrity series, it would not return for any subsequent series.

On E4, live coverage from the house once again dominated its daily and nightly schedule, E4 Music was once again rested during the series. Diary Room Uncut returned on Monday evenings and on Saturday night, straight after the Channel 4 show.

Russell Brand presented Celebrity Big Brother's Big Mouth, which was broadcast Sunday to Friday straight after the Channel 4 show. Although no announcement was made during the series, Brand announced his departure on 4 April 2007.[1]

Live streaming also returned on the Official Channel 4 website and also on E4 at selected times.[2]

House[edit]

House plan with the House Next Door highlighted.

The general layout of the House was largely untouched from the previous non-celebrity series. The living room and bedroom had no noticeable changes. There were several single beds in the same room, with one double bed, meaning that two housemates (Leo and Donny) had to share. The bathroom is much smaller than previous versions and the toilet and shower were no longer fitted with cameras. The dining room table was moved inside, and the kitchen fully equipped with modern conveniences. Outside the garden was a three-jet hot tub with a farmyard seating area. The bridge to Nowhere was still present, leading to a sitting area with heated seats and the topiary man. A workout area was situated just off the kitchen area. Inside the House there was also a fax machine built into the wall. On day 24 this was used to post viewers' questions to the housemates.[3] Meanwhile, the Diary Room was identical to the previous summer's Big Brother, with an oversized gold chair and padded walls, the only change being the addition of yellow lights facing the walls.

House Next Door[edit]

The House Next Door was used again, and its interior was re-designed to resemble a Victorian style kitchen, with uncomfortable beds in the bedroom, for use in the master-and-servant task.

Housemates[edit]

Eleven housemates entered the House on Day 1, followed by three more housemates on Day 3. This was more than any other celebrity series at the time.

Celebrity Age[1] Notability Status
Shilpa Shetty 31 Actress 1st – Winner
Jermaine Jackson 52 Jackson family member and singer 2nd – Runner-up
Dirk Benedict 61 Actor 3rd – Third place
Ian "H" Watkins 30 Singer 4th – Evicted
Danielle Lloyd 23 Glamour model and Miss Great Britain 5th – Evicted
Jack Tweed 19 Boyfriend of Jade Goody 6th – Evicted
Cleo Rocos 44 Actress 7th – Evicted
Jo O'Meara 27 Singer 8th – Evicted
Jade Goody 25 Reality TV star 9th – Evicted
Carole Malone 52 Journalist and broadcaster 10th – Evicted
Leo Sayer 58 Singer 11th – Walked
Jackiey Budden 48 Mother of Jade Goody 12th – Evicted
Ken Russell 79 Director 13th – Walked
Donny Tourette 22 Singer 14th – Walked

Notes[edit]

  • ^ Ages at the time the celebrity entered the house

Daily summary and highlights[edit]

Day 1 Entries Jermaine, Danielle, Ken, Jo, Leo, Shilpa, Carole, Donny, Ian, Cleo and Dirk entered the House.
General Upon entering the House the housemates began to converse and socialise with one another while Donny, who may have been drunk, jumped into the House Jacuzzi fully clothed.[4]
Day 3 Entries/Twists Jack, Jackiey, and Jade entered the house.
Tasks The housemates were told to pack a small suitcase each that must last them three days and three nights.[5] Big Brother announced that eight of the current housemates were to move to the House Next Door while the remaining three housemates were to stay in the main house. Danielle, Jo, Leo, Carole, Donny, Ian, Cleo and Dirk moved into the house next door and will become servants to the masters in the main house: Jermaine, Shilpa and Ken[6] who were joined by Jade, her boyfriend Jack and her mother Jackiey.[7]
Exits Donny left the house voluntarily by climbing over the garden wall in the House Next Door after learning he would be a servant to Jade and her new extended family in the main House.[8]
Day 5 Exits Ken Russell voluntarily left the House after arguing with the Goody family.[9]
General Jade's grandparents entered the House as guests for dinner. They left after the meal.[10]
Day 6 Tasks The housemates were informed that they had passed the Masters and Servants task.[11] Jo failed because she allowed Ken to make his own food at one point and Leo failed because he fell asleep during his shift.
Day 8 Exits Jackiey was evicted from the Big Brother House. Jackiey was called to the Diary Room and informed she would leave the House via the Diary Room and would not say goodbye to her fellow housemates; the housemates observed Jackiey's eviction on the plasma screen in the kitchen.[12]
Day 9 Nomination The first round of nominations took place with Dirk and Leo up for eviction, they were joined by Carole as punishment for discussing nominations.[13]
Punishments Carole faced the vote automatically after it was revealed that Cleo and she had discussed nominations, the housemates were instructed to choose one of the pair to face the public vote.
Day 10 Exits Leo Sayer voluntarily left the House. He left the House by smashing the glass tube on the garden fire door barging through the camera run and through another door. He proceeded to argue with security officers and programme producers before finally being granted his wish not to return. Carole was evicted with 77% of the votes[14]
Day 11 Tasks Jermaine and Ian were tasked to take each other on in a Battle of the Tribute Bands: Steps vs The Jackson 5. They were chosen to be band leaders. Ian chose Jo, Jade and Jack while Jermaine chose Shilpa, Cleo, Dirk and Danielle to be their band members. They must sing and dance to the songs selected by Big Brother, Steps performed Deeper Shade of Blue and The Jackson 5 performed I Want You Back. The winner was decided by an online poll on the Big Brother website. The Jackson 5 won by 75% of the votes and were awarded platinum discs. All housemates were rewarded a Jackson 5 themed party.
Day 13 Tasks Housemates were required to complete an assault course in under nine minutes. The housemates failed this task[15] and received a basic shopping budget.[16]
Day 14 General Shilpa and Jade were involved in an argument with each other which began with a disagreement over an Oxo cube. The argument increased the growing controversy surrounding the racist bullying of Shilpa.[17]
Day 15 Tasks Housemates were set a task to divide into groups and create abstract art to express their emotions.[18] They passed the task and received champagne as a reward.[19]
Nominations The second round of nominations took place. Shilpa and Jade received the most nomination votes and were up for eviction. However, owing possibly to the controversy at the time, the results were not revealed until the Day 17: the day of the eviction.
Day 17 Tasks Housemates were instructed to use their voices to perform William Tell Overture,[20] which they passed.[21]
Exits Jade became the third person to be evicted from the house with 82% of the votes.[22] Due to the controversy at the time, her eviction was not attended by a live audience.[23]
Day 19 Tasks Housemates were given a task where they were required to make Big Brother laugh.[24] They passed the task and received party food as a reward.[25]
Day 20 Tasks The task was to perform a showgirl dance routine.[26] Housemates passed the task and received a luxury shopping budget.[27]
Day 21 Tasks The housemates had to choose something they wanted under £10. They had to answer questions about their fellow housemates. Each housemate had to choose another housemate and answer questions about the housemate. If a housemate got 3 out of 5 questions right, the housemate that the other housemate chose would have won their prize they selected before the task.
Nominations The third and final round of nominations took place with Cleo, Dirk, Ian, Jo and Shilpa being nominated for the public vote.
Day 22 Tasks The housemates were each given a large ice cube with a token inside. Using only their mouth and tongue, they had to melt the ice cube enough for them to be able to retrieve the token with their hands. If all 8 housemates retrieved their token within 90 minutes, they would win an après-ski party. Housemates passed the task.
Day 24 Exits Jo and Cleo were evicted together in a double eviction.
Day 25 General The housemates were asked questions submitted by the public.[3]
Tasks The housemates were instructed to devise four performances each based around a different genre: romantic comedy, film noir, action blockbuster and Bollywood musical. All past and present housemates must be portrayed by the final six housemates.[28] The housemates passed the task and therefore earned a three course sit down meal.
Day 26 Exits Jack and Danielle left the house first on the final night together finishing in 6th and 5th place. Ian finished in 4th place and was followed later by Dirk who finished in 3rd place. Jermaine finished as runner-up with Shilpa leaving the house last as the winner of Celebrity Big Brother 2007.

Nominations table[edit]

Day 3 Day 9 Day 15 Day 21 Day 26
Final
Nominations
received
Shilpa Master
in Task
Jack,
Leo
Jade,
Jack
Dirk,
Jack
Winner
(Day 26)
9
Jermaine Master
in Task
Jo,
Danielle
Jade,
Jo
Danielle,
Jo
Runner-up
(Day 26)
2
Dirk Servant
in Task
Ian,
Jermaine
Jade,
Jermaine
Jo,
Cleo
Third place
(Day 26)
13
Ian Servant
in Task
Leo,
Dirk
Danielle,
Jade
Cleo,
Jo
Fourth place
(Day 26)
3
Danielle Servant
in Task
Leo,
Dirk
Shilpa,
Dirk
Dirk,
Ian
Fifth place
(Day 26)
3
Jack Master
in Task
Shilpa,
Dirk
Shilpa,
Dirk
Dirk,
Shilpa
Sixth place
(Day 26)
5
Cleo Servant
in Task
Banned Shilpa,
Jade
Dirk,
Ian
Evicted
(Day 24)
2
Jo Servant
in Task
Leo,
Jack
Shilpa,
Dirk
Dirk,
Shilpa
Evicted
(Day 24)
6
Jade Master
in Task
Shilpa,
Dirk
Shilpa,
Dirk
Evicted
(Day 17)
5
Carole Servant
in Task
Banned Evicted
(Day 10)
0
Leo Servant
in Task
Jack,
Jo
Walked
(Day 10)
4
Jackiey Master
in Task
Evicted
(Day 8)
N/A
Ken Master
in Task
Walked
(Day 5)
N/A
Donny Servant
in Task
Walked
(Day 3)
N/A
Nomination
note
1 2 3 4 5
Against
public vote
Jack,
Jackiey,
Jade,
Jermaine,
Ken,
Shilpa
Carole,
Dirk,
Leo
Jade,
Shilpa
Cleo,
Dirk,
Ian,
Jo,
Shilpa
Danielle,
Dirk,
Ian,
Jack,
Jermaine,
Shilpa
Walked Donny,
Ken
Leo none
Evicted Jackiey
4.6%
to save
Carole
77.4%
to evict
Jade
82%
to evict
Jo
48.4%
to evict
Jack
3.15%
(out of 6)
Dirk
16%
(out of 3)
Danielle
3.30%
(out of 6)
Jermaine
37%
(out of 2)
Cleo
27.9%
to evict
Ian
5.3%
(out of 4)
Shilpa
63%
to win

Notes[edit]

  • ^Note 1 : When Jade, Jack, and Jackiey entered the house they became "masters" along with Jermaine, Ken, and Shilpa. The other eight housemates were chosen to be their "servants" and moved to the House Next Door. It was revealed that the masters are automatically nominated for eviction in which the viewers are to vote which housemates to save, rather than evicted. Therefore, the housemate with the least number of votes is evicted. Donny, who was originally a servant, left the house on Day 3. On Day 5, Ken voluntarily left after being involved in arguments with housemates. The eviction was not cancelled, and Ken's number was removed from the voting system.
  • ^Note 2 : Carole and Cleo were banned from nominating as a punishment for discussing nominations earlier. Additionally, housemates had to choose one of them to face the public vote.[29] They chose Carole.[30] On Day 10, Leo escaped the house. The eviction was not cancelled, and Leo's number was removed from the voting system.
  • ^Note 3 : The nominations were cast on Day 15 and announced on Day 16. The voting package was delayed and only shown at the end of Big Brother's Big Mouth where it was also revealed that all Channel 4's profits for this vote will go to charity.
  • ^Note 4 : There was a double eviction on Day 24 and therefore the three or more housemates were placed up for the public vote rather than the two or more housemates. If there was not a double eviction, Dirk and Jo would have faced the public vote. The voting lines originally opened on Day 22 but were reset on Day 23 due to an error which stated that viewers were to vote to save Shilpa when they were in fact voting to evict. Viewers who had voted before the lines were reset were offered a full refund with all unclaimed money and profits from the vote being donated to charity[31]
  • ^Note 5 : There were no nominations in the final two days and instead the public were voting for the housemate they wanted to win rather than evict. There was a double eviction on Day 24, two days before the final.

Voting fault[edit]

One event in this series was a technical fault that affected voting lines in the eviction between Cleo Rocos, Dirk Benedict, Ian Watkins, Jo O'Meara and Shilpa Shetty. Everyone who voted was offered a refund. Any unclaimed money would be donated to charity.[32][33]

Viewership[edit]

All viewing figures below are provided by the Broadcasters Audience Research Board (or "BARB").[34]

Official viewers (millions)
Week 1 Week 2 Week 3
Saturday 3.16 2.93 3.30 2.56
Sunday 3.39 3.03 3.65 6.01
Monday 3.81 3.75 4.16
Tuesday 4.10 4.72 4.32
Wednesday 7.32 4.51 5.40 4.71
Thursday 5.48 3.72 5.89 4.47
Friday 4.25 3.50 7.61 5.14
5.27 3.80 8.78 5.26
Weekly average 4.36 5.26 4.36
Running average 4.36 4.81 4.66
Series average 4.6
blue-coloured boxes denote live shows.

Racism controversy[edit]

Celebrity Big Brother criticism focused around the treatment of housemate Shilpa Shetty by contestants Jade Goody, Jo O'Meara and Danielle Lloyd. UK media regulator Ofcom received more than 44,500 complaints[35] – a record number for a British television programme after transmission. Channel 4 received an additional 3,000 complaints,[36][37] about racism and bullying by housemates against Shetty. The Eastern Eye newspaper launched an online petition that registered over 30,000 signatures.[38] Channel 4, who had initially described the situation as "girly rivalry", later admitted there had "undoubtedly been a cultural clash between her and three of the British females in the house".[39]

After an investigation by Ofcom, they concluded that Channel 4 had breached the Broadcasting Code on three separate occasions.[35]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Celebrity Big Brother's Big Brain", Channel 4's official Big Brother site. Retrieved 4 January 2007.
  3. ^ a b "Questions, Questions". Channel 4. 2007-01-27. Archived from the original on 2007-10-23. Retrieved 2018-04-08. 
  4. ^ "Donny Gets Wet 'n Wild". Channel 4. 2007-01-03. Archived from the original on 2012-11-06. Retrieved 2018-04-08. 
  5. ^ "Get Packing". Channel 4. 2007-01-03. Archived from the original on 2012-11-06. Retrieved 2018-04-08. 
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  13. ^ "Carole, Dirk and Leo nominated! Archived 13 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine.", Digital Spy. Retrieved 11 January 2007.
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  20. ^ "Housemates Blow Their Own Trumpets", Channel Four's Official Big Brother Website. Retrieved 21 January 2007.
  21. ^ "Top Trumpets", Channel Four's Official Big Brother Website. Retrieved 21 January 2007.
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  31. ^ Voting Reset & Refund Information Channel Four's Official Big Brother Website. Retrieved 26 January 2007
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  33. ^ "NO CROWD NO SHOCK.. NO REALITY". Daily Mirror. 20 January 2007. Retrieved 20 January 2007. 
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  39. ^ "Shetty fears Big Brother 'racism'". BBC News. 18 January 2007. Retrieved 28 January 2007. 

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