Big Brother (UK)

Daily 9:00 PM on Channel Five
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 13 : Ep 27

    Day Twenty Three Highlights

    Aired 10/2/11

  • S 13 : Ep 26

    Day Twenty Two Highlights

    Aired 10/1/11

  • S 13 : Ep 25

    Eviction Interview - Live

    Aired 9/30/11

  • S 13 : Ep 24

    DayTwenty One Highlights - Live Eviction

    Aired 9/30/11

  • S 13 : Ep 23

    Day Twenty Highlights

    Aired 9/29/11

  • Cast & Crew
  • Brian Dowling

    Housemate [Series 2];Host [Series 12-]

  • Marcus Bentley


  • Aaron Allard

    Housemate [Series 12]

  • Aden Theobald

    Housemate [Series 12]

  • Alex Lee (II)

    Housemate [Series 12]

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  • show Description
  • Emma Willis Hosts the show on channel 5 with Marcus Bentley as the narrator of the daily highlights show. Since the original series of Big Brother in 1999 in the Netherlands, over 40 different countries have adapted the series with varying rules, all over the globe. The concept of the British series is similiar to the original series, as a group of people who've never met before are locked into a house, sealed off from the outside world and are recorded by dozens of cameras all day long. These Housemates are controlled by "Big Brother", an all-seeing entity whom we never see but frequently hear. Each week, after the other housemates have nominated the people they want out of the house and after the public decide who they want out, a nominee is evicted. After approximately three months, the public then vote for the winner, who wins a cash prize. The show is represented in the media by a eye, which has changed for each series, trying to incorporate a theme for the individual series. They are often released before the show actually began and are also used in the opening titles of the show. The theme tune by Paul Oakenfold and Andy Gray is released under 'Big Brother Theme' by Element Four - tweaks are made to the theme used throughout each series. Davina McCall presented the series since it's beginning in 2000 and until it's end on Channel 4 in 2010. BB2 and Ultimate Big Brother winner Brian Dowling took over when the show moved to five. Marcus Bentley has been present in the presenting team since 2000, narrating the daily show which showcases highlights from the previous day in a daily hour long show. However it should be noted that the show has only aired for seven nights a week throughout certain series, in series 8 for example the highlights of Friday and Saturday were shown on Sunday. The airtimes of shows often differ from series to series as well, for example during the ninth series the shows aired on Monday & Tuesday at 10pm, whilst Wednesday-Sunday highlights aired at 9pm (sometimes a little later on the weekend). Before each series of the show began on Channel 4, a teaser show aired, Dermot O'Leary hosted the majority of the shows, before his departure to ITV1 in January 2008. The Big Brother house is located in Elstree Studios, Elstree, Borehamwood. The house links directly to a staircase (adapted for each series), which leads down into a walkway, which is barriered off to hold the audience. The walkway leads into a tv studio, which from series one to nine consisted of a seat for Davina, a seat for the interviewee and screens behind them. In series 10 the format of this show was changed, Davina sat behind a desk, on her left hand side two celebrity guests or psychologists sat and on her right the evicted housemate, all three interviewed the housemate. The screen, introduced in the ninth series, was used when Davina talked to the house. Previously, she would of stood on the walkway and of talked to the house. Eviction shows aired in two parts on Friday nights, incoporating Thursday's highlights within the first hour long show. These shows were broadcast as live, however their was always a slight 5-10 minute delay as the following Saturday night highlights would show housemates leaving 5-10 minutes before we saw the housemate leave on the eviction show. The announcement of the evicted housemate was made at the end of the first show and then in the second show we would see highlights of the previous half an hour. Davina would then meet the housemate at the bottom of the stairs and lead them through the audience into the studio, she would then interview them about their time in the house. The Finale show went on for up to three hours previously and is broadcast as live, it never featured highlights of the final day in the house, but often featured the return of the previous housemates, seated in a area away from the rest of the audience. In series 2-8, Dermot O'Leary and from series 9 to 11, George Lamb (who co-hosted with Zezi Ifore, Michael Barrymore and Emma Willis) had hosted Big Brother's Little Brother, the show what brought viewers up to date with the latest from the house, featured housemates friends and family and revealed exclusive upcoming twists. After the nightly shows had broadcast, E4 broadcast Big Brother's Big Mouth, Russell Brand hosted the show when it began at the start of series 5 and left at the end of series 7, since then the series had contineud with one week stints of guest presenters. This format changed from series 10, as Davina took the helm and hosted one show a week on Friday nights for a hour. Throughout series two, on Saturday nights viewers could watch Big Brother Reveals More..., which showed a round-up of the weeks action from the house. This format returned in series 7 in the E4 only show Diary Room Uncut, which showed extended highlights from the week, mostly from the Diary Room's point of view, this show was axed after series 9. Beforehand in series 4-6, on Fridays in place of Big Brother's Little Brother at 7.30pm, that weeks nominations would air in full in Nominations Uncut. Throughout series 3 to halfway through series 5, the normal highlights show on a Saturday was replaced by Saturday Night Live, were we saw the housemates compete in live tasks to gain access to rewards for their time in the house. The show quickly became unpopular and stopped airing on the 26th June 2004. In series 7, Dermot O'Leary hosted Big Brother's Big Brain, which featured psychologists analysis of the housemates and events that had taken place in the house during the previous week, resembling the Sunday night highlight shows in earlier series. This was replaced by Davina hosting Big Brother: On The Couch in series 8, in a new timeslot. The show was heavily edited for daytime repeats to air on Channel 4 Breakfast in the morning and early afternoon on E4. The shows were also in later series shown on the HD output of the stations and the +1 channels. On a weekend the shows from the night before were also broadcast on teen strand T4. T4 was often first to air the follow up episodes, after the series has finished, which normally aired under the title What Happened Next, which took on many forms since it first aired, following the housemates from the past series around to see what impact the show had, had on their life. The show spouted many spin-offs, the most famous of which Celebrity Big Brother, was the most successful and although making two breaks due to other spin-offs Big Brother Panto and Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack, aired from 2001 onwards. A official announcement was made on August 26th 2009 regarding a renewal of the shows contract which was due to end in September 2010. It was announced that the show would be axed after airing it's last series in 2010 due to a large decline in viewing figures.moreless

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  • Quotes (87)

    • "I take away friends, memories and a learning process on a personal level" Sada on her Big Brother experience "Nicky was my sister in there. Caroline was wonderful, she kept me up, she was my medicine in there" Sada on her best mates in the house

    • "I think she is missing her mum, and if she gets out of here she can see her" Darren, Nominating Melanie "He's too competative and self-centered, doing thibgs for his gain" Nichola, Nominating Andrew "We can survive without his culinary skills" Thomas, Nominating Darren

    • "I was enjoying it, I wasnt bored. The interplay between people was fascinating" Andrew on how he felt about his eviction "Nick was very nervous. He hated losing at games and became very competatibe about the whole situation in there. He came close to blowing his top a couple times" Andrew on Nicholas and his behaviour.

    • "It will be increasingly diffacult for her now that her lynchpin has gone" Caroline, Nominating Melanie "I've seen a nasty side to her. She was nasty to craig, swearing" Melanie, Nominating Nichola

    • "This is a real shocker - tha guy was following me everywhere. My family are always saying how naive I am but how naive can a girl be?" Caroline on discovering the scheming of Nicholas "I wondered how long my luck would last out and it was third time unlucky" Caroline on surving evictions.

    • "Tom his really quiet, I just cant connect with him" Nichola nominating Thomas "I feel the group would operate better without them" Nick, Nominating Craig & Nichola "They are the two happy who are unhappy here" Thomas, Nominating Anna & Nichola

    • "Its not as if I have killed anybody, I just broke some rules for a gameshow!" Nicholas when asked how he felt about his rule breaking

    • "If you live by the sword, you die by the sword" Nicholas, when confronted by Big Brother.

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    Notes (371)

    • Watched by 3.7 million viewers

    • The show is sponsored by Southern Comfort.

    • Watched by 1.87 million. Housemates find out they have failed there task, to make their own crockery out of clay and a potters wheel. Favourite to win this week was Mel, with 1/4 odds.

    • Encoded in PAL format.

    • Run Time : 107 Minutes

    • Encoded with Hi-Fi quality sound

    • Encoded in PAL format

    • Running Time : 104 Minutes

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    Trivia (25)

    • The house inhabited by the Big Brother contestants in 2000 was a bungalow, located in Bow, London. The Studio in which host Davina McCall's interview with evicted housemates took place in was located a few hundred metre's away - housemates walked over a bridge and then a crowd of often over 1000 people to get there.

    • The contestants of Big Brother 2001 lived in the very same home that made television history in 2000 in the form of Big Brother 1, although you wouldn't recognise it! The house was given a totally re-designed and layout was even changed. The studio where evictee interviews take place was also given a new look.

    • Big Brother fans and members of the general public were also interviewed for the "Best Bits" specials but "a late executive decision was made to feature more of the reality clips," and so they were cut from the final show.

    • Big Brother fans and members of the general public were also interviewed for the "Best Bits" specials but "a late executive decision was made to feature more of the reality clips," and so they were cut from the final show.

    • Stuart was supposedly evicted _live_ at 10:30pm, but the following night, Marcus Bentley (narrator) is implying that Stu was evicted at 10pm, when Peter Kay Live was shown on Channel 4, multiple times.

    • The reason George left the Big Brother house was because he didn't want the fame.

    • Pete is banned from nominating for telling Aisleyne that he nominated her in the previous week's nominations

    • This is the first time that twins have entered the Big Brother UK house.

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    Allusions (8)

    • Davina: Welcome, to Hell's Kitten
      This is a reference to ITV's Hell's Kitchen. Which airs in the same time slot as Big Brother. The show was, in the week that it aired opposite Big Brother, the show's biggest competition.

    • None: None
      This is like, like Becki said the following day, Judas's kiss of betrayal to Jesus

    • Meal or no Meal, the game show in which housemates take part to win their shopping, is a spoof of the popular Channel 4 gameshow Deal or No Deal hosted by Noel Edmonds

    • The Head of Household ruling of the house as Davina explains will begin this weekend, is a tried and tested format that takes place in nearly all international versions of Big Brother, often enabling certain nomination and special prize twists.

    • As the tenth series of Big Brother in America begins airing tonight, a official announcement is made on the Australian Big Brother site, revealing that the show will be cancelled on it's current channel Ten.

    • Big Brother Australia's eighth and final series ended tonight.

    • India's version of the show Bigg Boss, featuring series three contestant Jade Goody as a housemate kicked off today. Ex UK celebrity housemate, from series 5, (which Jade was also involved in as a housemate) Shilpa Shetty has taken on the role of host in the show.

    • The Third series of Big Brother Africa begins tonight.

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  • Fan Reviews (63)
  • It's sad to say goodbye

    By Heather_H, Sep 13, 2010

  • Big Brother Rules OK!!

    By PiscesChick93, Aug 18, 2008

  • My description of the show? Like watching paint dry.

    By Hazzle92, Jul 20, 2008

  • Awful!

    By Sarah_Is_Lost, Aug 16, 2008

  • Been a good year, with great plotting and **** Love the dynamics of the characters

    By twin1701, Jul 13, 2008

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