Celebrity Big Brother

Saturday 27 December at 9:00pm on E4

As Celebrity Big Brother returns, and a new bunch of celebrity housemates prepare to sleep, eat and wash their smalls under Big Brother’s watchful eye, ex-housemates, celebrities and journalists celebrate and talk frankly about the past five series of Celebrity Big Brother .

Channel 4 head of programmes Julian Bellamy has confirmed that there will be no Celebrity Big Brother in 2008 and has cited a process of “creative renewal” as the reason behind the decision, noting that it would free up close to 30 hours of 9pm programming for “the new and the exciting”.

Channel 4 is currently in discussions with Endemol regarding an “experimental” version of Big Brother for E4 in January.

Carphone Warehouse was a big sponsor of Channel 4 and Celebrity Big Brother. But after the saga and scandal that surrounded the alleged bullying of Shilpa Shetty, the mobile phone company has ended its £3 million a year deal, a deal it has had with Channel 4 for the last four years.

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The final of Celebrity Big Brother on Sunday was viewed by 5.8 million, and the show over the season reached up to 7.3 million at its height. However Top Gear on Sunday night, which showed footage of Richard Hammond’s crash in September, was seen by 7.9 million viewers. Top Gear has reached a height of 8.6 million viewers.

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Danielle Llyod, former contestant on Celebrity Big Brother, wants to speak to police regarding misrepresentation in the house. The glamour model wants to be sure that the show’s producers did not deliberately edit the programme in order to cast a bad light on her.

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Shilpa Shetty has won Celebrity Big Brother! After being centre of a major controversy involving Jade Goody and racism, Shilpa became the popular favourite for the show. The victory will no doubt be viewed as a triumph in racial equality.

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Shilpa Shetty is currently favourite to win Celebrity Big Brother. Shetty, a Bollywood actress, was at the centre of the huge racism controversy that ended with Jade Goody being evicted from the house. Now the odds are, according to bookie William Hall, 1-6 on the Indian star.

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Jade Goody has been evicted and has left the Big Brother house. In an interview watched by nine million, she claims that while her behaviour was nasty, she is not a racist.

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Allegations of racism by Jade Goody (who was evicted from the house on Friday) towards Shilpa Shetty have had a big impact. On the one hand, publicity over the row has driven ratings to a record high (7.8 million viewers), yet on the other, race relations have been threatened. The incident lead to a huge public outcry in India, 38,000 complaints were made, and politicians got involved on the topic.

Now the board of Channel 4 will meet to determine whether it is time for Big Brother to be evicted.

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India has said that “appropriate action” would be taken with regard to the alleged racist attacks against Shilpa Shetty on Celebrity Big Brother. Shetty has been reduced to tears by comments made by housemates and the issue has lead to a massive controversy, making news stories around the world.

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