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Big Brother (UK)

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Big Brother
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Premiere July 14, 2000
Finale September 10, 2010
Creator John de Mol
Host Davina McCall
Network Channel 4
Style 60-minute competitive reality
Company Endemol
Seasons 11 + 9 special editions
Episodes 781 regular + 178 special edition
(through Celebrity 2010)
Origin UK
You have been evicted. Please leave the Big Brother house.

Big Brother (2000–) is a summer show that airs annually in the United Kingdom. In it, a group of people enter a house and agree to live there for a predetermined amount of days with cameras following their every move. An homage to George Orwell's book, 1984, the nameless entity known only as "Big Brother" records every conversation and every action amongst these group of people, establishing a social microcosm of today's world.

However, beyond the voyeuristic aspect of it also lies a game. Every week, usually on Tuesdays, housemates are asked to nominate two people for eviction. The two or more housemates with the highest number of nominations for eviction are put up for eviction, and the public gets to vote on which of the housemates they would like to evict. In a special weekly live eviction episode, usually on Fridays and hosted by Davina McCall, the housemate who receives the highest percentage of votes gets evicted from the Big Brother house.

This process of nominations and evictions continue until there are four people left in the house, upon which all of them are put up for nomination. The public then votes for who they want to win, and the housemate with the highest percentage of votes wins the game and receives a cash prize.

Several shows make up the Big Brother franchise in the United Kingdom. They are Big Brother's Little Brother, which is a daily 30-minute talk show hosted by Dermot O'Leary that analyzes housemate dynamics. Another is Big Brother's Big Mouth, a 30-minute informal forum show hosted by Russell Brand where people talk about and give opinions about the housemates. In the seventh season, another show, Big Brother's Big Brain, was introduced, which aims to analyze housemates' behavior in the house.

For information on the Big Brother franchise, please refer to the Big Brother franchise page.

Contents

Cast

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
Regular Editions: Channel 4
Season One July 14, 2000 September 15, 2000 64
Season Two May 25, 2001 July 27, 2001 64
Season Three May 24, 2002 July 26, 2002 64
Season Four May 23, 2003 July 25, 2003 64
Season Five May 28, 2004 August 6, 2004 71
Season Six May 27, 2005 August 12, 2005 78
Season Seven May 18, 2006 August 18, 2006 94
Season Eight May 30, 2007 August 31, 2007 94
Season Nine June 5, 2008 September 5, 2008 94
Season Ten June 4, 2009 September 5, 2009 94
Season Eleven 2010 September 10, 2010 94


Season Premiere Finale #
Special Editions: Channel 4
Celebrity Big Brother 2001 March 2001 March 2001 8
Celebrity Big Brother 2002 November 20, 2002 November 30, 2002 10
Teen Big Brother October 2003 October 2003 10
Celebrity Big Brother 2005 January 6, 2005 January 25, 2005 18
Celebrity Big Brother 2006 January 5, 2006 January 27, 2006 24
Celebrity Big Brother 2007 January 3, 2007 January 28, 2007 27
Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack January 3, 2008 January 28, 2008 26
Celebrity Big Brother 2009 January 2, 2009 January 23, 2009 28
Celebrity Big Brother 2010 January 3, 2010 January 29, 2010 27

In-Depth

External Sites

Big Brother Official Website