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    It's back - and this time it's local!

    The new Big Brother House.
    The new house under construction at Elstree

    It's been said that Big Brother has become as much a part of the British summer as Wimbledon. And if last year you were tempted to flick digital TV on at 8am just to watch ten people SLEEPING, then you might agree!

    Inside the Big Brother House.
    Inside the new Big Brother House

    Well now it's back and as well as twelve new contestants and tougher rules, there's a brand spanking new house - and it's in Hertfordshire. How exciting is that?!

    The 12 housemates will enter the house at 9.00pm on 24th May, and then the fun really begins as people across the country tune in - but what will the relocation of this hugely popular series mean to the people of Hertfordshire? Will Borehamwood be disrupted? And what's so special about this new house anyway?

    The house The garden Policing
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    Interior
    The new Big Brother house, excluding the garden, covers approximately 550 square metres and is located within Elstree Studios, where numerous famous films and television series have been recorded, including 'Star Wars', 'Indiana Jones', 'The Avengers, 'The Dam Busters' and 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'.

    The arrival of this major event in the same place can only serve to increase the standing of the studios and further confirm Borehamwood as the 'Hollywood of England'.

    The house has been given a completely new look by designer Markus Blee, a qualified architect who now specialises in film and TV set design.

    WHAT'S NEW THIS YEAR?
    THE HOUSE
    • Completely new house at Elstree film studios
    • The diary room is under the stairs and will have a brand new chair
    • The garden has a heated swimming pool
    • The chicken coop will house a mixed group of rare breeds
    • Evictees will leave in grander style, out of an exit door on the roof which opens onto a platform and stairs leading to ground level

    It features a large open plan living space, two bedrooms, a wetroom with a bath and shower and a separate toilet. Once again there is a storeroom and the infamous diary room where the housemates go to bare their souls - or just have a whinge.

    The design is simple, with natural colours and materials used throughout and furniture, wall panelling and appliances providing flashes of colour.

    The exterior is waterproof (luckily!) and soundproof and built using a combination of recycled wood and timber.

    Impressive exit
    A major new feature is a large staircase that leads from the main living area to the exit door and out onto a platform and another flight of stairs leading back down to ground level.

    This will provide a much more impressive exit route for the evictees than just slipping out the back door as they have done in previous years.

    The garden
    This year’s new edition to the Big Brother garden is a heated swimming pool. Hexagonal in shape, the pool measures 5 x 5 metres, is 1.5 metres deep and is surrounded on all sides by wooden decking.

    Big Brother Bedroom.
    One of the new bedrooms

    The garden covers approximately 180 square metres and includes the customary vegetable patch containing a wide variety of horticultural delights and the famous chicken coop, which this year will house a mixed group of rare breeds.

    Policing
    If the people of Borehamwood feel concerned about being the focus for much of the nation for ten weeks, they have no need to worry. Mike Crampton, the Chief Inspector of Territorial Operations for the Hertfordshire Police is heading the police operation and is satisfied that the show will not pose any extra problems for them.

    Herts Police have been in consultation with their counterparts at Plaistow, where the previous house was situated because although it was a different type of location, the issues are the same. More.

    PART TWO >>

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