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When good TV goes bad: how Big Brother became a Z-lister hothouse

After Brian Belo’s victory 10 years ago, the show abandoned any pretence of being a ‘social experiment’ and began rounding up gaggles of fame-hungry goons

Big Brother house, this is the Guide. You are live on Channel 5, please do not swear. Actually, shit it – swear all you like. Nobody’s watching and nobody cares.

Not to be confused with its celebrity spin-off, where this year we had Paul Danan and Barry from EastEnders to distract us from the moribund format, Bb is 17 years old. Its 18th series aired earlier this year, with an all-time low of 650,000 viewers tuning in for one episode, as Love Island dominated the ratings. Once a national obsession watched by six million people, hardly anybody talks about “civilian” Big Brother any more. So, where did it all go fake boobs-up for the genre-defining franchise?

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