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The first reality TV show to really take off and the catalyst for a lot of what’s on our screens now, Big Brother launched in 1999 in Holland and has since been syndicated around the world becoming one of the most watched reality TV shows ever. A version of the show has been broadcast in every continent with regional versions including Big Brother Africa, Big Brother Middle East, Big Brother South America and Big Brother Scandinavia. It was introduced to the UK a year later in 2000 initially on Channel 4 and in recent years has become one of the top shows on Channel 5. The show has spawned a spin off programme which is essentially the same premise but with celebrities instead of everyday strangers, conveniently titled Celebrity Big Brother.

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Celebrity Big Brother 2018

The latest series is underway and it had a slightly different beginning this time around. The series started on January 1st and the first batch of housemates were all female. Tbe idea was to mark the anniversary of women getting the vote but it was also a way of shaking up a tired format that is not too far away from the chop. Male entrants made their way into the house on the 4th but gender is a key and controversial part of this new series as can be seen from the list of housemates

  • Shane Lynch -  Formerly of Boyzone and Coronation Street, now does any reality Tv show he can an invite too.
  • Wayne Sleep -  Former ballet dancer who now does any reality TV show his agent can get him on.
  • Amanda Barrie -  Actress best known for Corrie and Carry on Cleo. Married lesbian, so that'll upset the next housemate.
  • Ann Widdecombe - From MP to Strictly Crap Dancing to laughing stock in panto. Anti same-sex marriage.
  • Andrew Brady - Appeared in 'The Apprentice.'
  • Ashley James - Been in 'Made in Chelsea' and does some DJing.
  • Dapper Laughs - Controversial comic whose series got the chop after an appalling rape joke.
  • Ginuwine - Platinum selling singer and appeared in 'Martial Law.'
  • India Willoughby - First ever transgender newsreader.
  • Jess Impiazzi - Appeared on 'Ex on the Beach' and 'TOWIE.'
  • John Barnes - Former Liverpool and England footballer, let's hope he doesn't rap.
  • Jonny Mitchell - Appeared on 'Love Island.'
  • Maggie Oliver - Former high-ranked police officer who now looks into corruption in the police.
  • Malika Haqq - Has spoken to Kloe Kardashian
  • Rachel Johnson - Sister of Boris who preferred this to going in the jungle.
  • Shane Janek aka Courtney Act - Drag Queen who appeared in RuPaul's Drag Race.

Highlights to date include India reminding everyone she's transgendered at least once every five minutes. Ann Widdecome calling India 'him' on more than one occasion and Courtney 'accidentally' flashing everyone entering the house.

Evictions and Odds

The first evictee was India Willougby on January 11th. Courtney Act is the 4/5 favourite with Coral to win the series. Others fancied are Anne Widdecombe, 13/2 at Labrokes and Andrew Brady who's 7/1 at SunBets. 

The new boss of Channel 5 is keen to focus on programmes their channel created not ones purchased from others and that of course includes Big Brother. The current contract runs till 2019 but that could well be the last year the show is seen on its present channel, somehow I can't see the BBC buying it but there are plenty of other channels out there who may well give it a new home.

How can I use my Big Brother free bet?

For both the regular series and the celebrity edition, the markets are exactly the same. The main interest lies in the shows winner and keen observers of the show will be able to get a pretty good grasp of who's popular both in the house and amongst the voting public. With the way the nominations work, you can easily identify who is rubbing their fellow housemates up the wrong way and will therefore be at much greater risk of getting the boot. This also ties in nicely to another thing you can bet on, the next person to be eliminated. If someone is regularly up for eviction and is getting booed by the crowd on eviction nights, their position is likely to be somewhat precarious.

There are also markets on the top male and female contestants, so you can pick a member of the specific sex that you feel will make the most progress even if you don't think they'll ultimately triumph. 

Big Brother: The Lowdown

The premise of the show involves members of the public being essentially locked in a house together, with no connection to the outside world for 12 weeks. They are filmed by multiple cameras planted around the house for 24 hours a day meaning their every move is documented in what is the most extreme version of TV voyeurism. 

They are forced to work together to undertake tasks which can win them food and other luxuries before viewers begin to vote them out of the house until a winner remains. Clashes of personality often occur, with some versions of the show arguably encouraging housemates to try and fall out with each other for more interesting viewing. 

While the show’s premise remains the same worldwide different versions have put their own spin on things. For example, the UK version introduced ‘Evil Big Brother’ in 2004 where tasks and punishments became more cruel. This concept has since been repeated in other country’s versions. In the fifth series of the US version identical twins were introduced and challenged with pretending to be each other without being spotted by the other housemates. In 2006 the UK version added secret missions for individual housemates to undertake while also introducing ‘fake evictions’ where contestants are “evicted” from the house before then being sent back in.

Previous winners 

Several of the previous have gone on to have successful careers in television, so you may well have heard of them inclduing handyman Craig Phillips, Brian Dowling, Kate Lawler and Brian Belo. The most famous contestant was Jade Goody, who took part in the third series though she didn't actually win it. She returned to the show in Celebrity Big Brother and was involved in a major controversy over the racist bullying of Shilpa Shetty, sadly Jade died from cancer in 2009.

When Channel 4 axed the show they held an Ultimate Big Brother series featuring past contestants. This was won by Brian Dowling.

Winners of Celebrity Big Brother have included:

  • Jack Dee
  • Mark Owen
  • Ulrika Jonsson
  • Shilpa Shetty
  • Denise Welsh
  • Julian Clary
  • Jim Davidson
  • Katie Price


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