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!
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
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 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?'.
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.
NEW THIS YEAR?
new house at Elstree film studios
diary room is under the stairs and will have a brand new
garden has a heated swimming pool
chicken coop will house a mixed group of rare breeds
will leave in grander style, out of an exit door on the
roof which opens onto a platform and stairs leading to ground
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.
is waterproof (luckily!) and soundproof and built using a combination
of recycled wood and timber.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.