Big Brother’s Best Bits: Makosi’s jacuzzi ‘pregnancy’, Nasty Nick’s lies and Kinga’s wine bottle… the most iconic moments in the show’s 18 year history
When Big Brother first hit screens in 2000, the entire country was captivated by the ins and outs of a group of strangers locked in a bolthole while watched at all hours by cameras and given tasks.
Fast-forward 18 years and the concept of the programme, its viewership, its ratings, its taste levels and its stars have seen endless twists and turns, all of which have now led to Friday’s announcement from Channel 5 bosses that Celebrity Big Brother and Big Brother have been axed from television, Channel 5 confirmed in a statement.
The announcement came via its Twitter page, just hours ahead of the live launch of the last-ever civilian series, while host Rylan Clark-Neal said he was ‘saddened’ by the news. Alongside a teaser clip, the post said: ‘The forthcoming series of Big Brother will be the last – of either celebrity or civilian versions – on Channel 5.’
Now, a look inside the most shocking scenes over the past 18 years of civilian Big Brother history…
Shocker: Craig Phillips from Seaforth, Merseyside. A staggering 3.5million people voted for the Liverpudlian builder to win
Craig Phillips from Seaforth, Merseyside. A staggering 3.5million people voted for the Liverpudlian builder to win. The then 28-year-old donated his eye-watering prize fund to his best friend’s cousin, Joanne Harris. At the time, he said: ‘I thought my time was up every week. I was more nervous in the nominations than coming out tonight… Joanne needs a heart and lung transplant and they won’t put her on the waiting list in England’
Big Brother’s inaugural series captivated the nation due to the then-unheard of ‘social experiment’ style compound. As viewers continued to be enthralled with the season, the behaviour of Nick Bateman was the most shocking. The city broker won the nickname Nasty Nick after he attempted to cheat in the game and pass notes between contestants to sway nominations. He was confronted by eventual winner Craig.
Shock: School teacher Penny Ellis came under fire in the outside world after she was seen showering in the nude on-screen
Brian Dowling. Arguably one of the most successful stars of the show, the Irish former flight attendant has gone on to win huge success on TV, scoring huge presenting gigs, voiceover work and his own show Brian’s Boyfriends. He is currently the host of The Real Housewives Of Cheshire reunion show.
School teacher Penny Ellis came under fire in the outside world after she was seen showering in the nude on-screen. Her headteacher, Cauthar Tooley, of the all-girl Sarah Bonnell secondary school in Stratford, east London, said: ‘If she chooses to behave in a lewd manner she will have made the choice to leave the school. I told her that she would have to maintain certain professional standards.
She is well aware of that responsibility. I gave her all the advice I could. But obviously now that she is inside the house I can’t do any more. It may be that she has decided to go down the road of enhancing her career in other directions.’
Shocking: Penny’s headteacher, Cauthar Tooley, of the all-girl Sarah Bonnell secondary school in Stratford, east London, said: ‘If she chooses to behave in a lewd manner she will have made the choice to leave the school. I told her that she would have to maintain certain professional standards
Shocking: The introduction of Jade Goody to UK TV screens was undoubtedly the height of drama. The late Essex girl, who passed away after battling cervical cancer in 2009, captivated and stunned viewers due to her shocking lack of general knowledge
Kate Lawler, from Beckenham, London. After becoming the first female winner of the show with 58.05% of the vote, Kate enjoyed huge success on the outside world as she forged a career as a DJ, glamour model and enjoying further reality work – including an appearance in the original version of Love Island in 2005.
The introduction of Jade Goody to UK TV screens was undoubtedly the height of drama. The late Essex girl, who passed away after battling cervical cancer in 2009, captivated and stunned viewers due to her shocking lack of general knowledge. Memorably, she believed Cambridge was in London, and when its positioning in East Anglia was announced, she revealed she believed East Anglia was not in Britain and was pronounced: East Angula.
In 2007, Jade returned to the house in Celebrity Big Brother 5 and became embroiled in one of the most shocking reality TV rows of all time. Jade along with her housemates Jo O’Meara and Danielle Lloyd were accused of racism against their Bollywood actress co-star Shilpa Shetty.
Jade was heard calling the star ‘Shilpa Poppadom’, while Danielle told her to ‘go home’. Such was the backlash against the women, effigies baring Jade’s image were burnt in India and she was evicted from the house with no audience and total oblivion to the horror waiting on the outside.
Winner! Cameron Stout, from Stromness, Orkney. The devoutly Christian fish trader earned a whopping 1.9 million votes – 500,000 more than runner-up Ray Shah
Cameron Stout, from Stromness, Orkney. The devoutly Christian fish trader earned a whopping 1.9 million votes – 500,000 more than runner-up Ray Shah. He was well-known in the house for revealing he was a virgin and was waiting till marriage to have sex. Many on the outside world branded him ‘a bible basher’.
The show was widely-deemed the ‘most boring’ however one of the most memorable moments was Cameron’s involvement in a swap with the Big Brother Africa house. He swapped places with housemate Gaetano Kagwa and then gained immunity from eviction for a period of two weeks.
Starring role: Nadia Almada, from Ribeira Brava, Madeira, Portugal. The star was the only even transgender winner of Big Brother. She kept her transgender identity as secret from the rest of the house yet viewers were informed
Nadia Almada, from Ribeira Brava, Madeira, Portugal. The star was the only even transgender winner of Big Brother. She kept her transgender identity as secret from the rest of the house yet viewers were informed. She became a fast favourite and won a huge 74% of the vote. Long-time presenter Davina McCall previously revealed that Nadia was her favourite housemate of all time.
The series featured a host of shocking moments, yet none more so than Fight Night. On 17 June, Emma and Michelle Bass re-entered the house after a false eviction landed them in ‘The Bedsit’, where they watched on as their housemates spoke about them. Upon their return, the house became embroiled in a food fight. As arguments escalated, Nadia slapped Jason Cowan.
After this Emma and Victor both threw trays at each other before they were separated when she screamed: ‘I will f**king kill you’. When the fight kicked off, BB placed guards at the camera runs and while the shocking activities escalated guards were sent into the house via the bedroom, where the were stationed while the stars slept.
Shocker: Winner Anthony and co-star Makosi Musambasi were deemed a possible couple in the house leading to a boozy night in the pool in which they appeared to engage in sexual activity
Anthony Hutton, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The Geordie dancer and hairdresser walked away with 57.2% of the vote as he beat out Eugene Sully to the prize. Following the show he released a poorly-received workout DVD centered around Seventies dance moves. In 2007 he featured in the TV show, Premier League All Stars, representing Newcastle.
– Winner Anthony and co-star Makosi Musambasi were deemed a possible couple in the house leading to a boozy night in the pool in which they appeared to engage in sexual activity. While he vowed they never had sex, 48 hours after the moment she claimed she was pregnant with his child. After leaving the house she insisted she believed she was pregnant, however crowds chanted ‘Liar’ at her during the final.
– Kinga Karolczak entered the house late in the series and caused possibly one of the most shocking moments of the entire show. The half Polish, half Kuwaiti market researcher from London left viewers aghast when she famously used a wine bottle as a tool for masturbation in the communal garden.
In 2012, she spoke about the incident saying: ‘I can’t believe the reaction. I was just messing around because I was tipsy, but it never actually touched me. On Big Brother they want you to go crazy so give you loads of alcohol. And drinking makes me behave like a completely different person. So I just put the bottle between my legs, ran into the garden and did it again. I know I didn’t even lift up my nightie. I didn’t have sex in the pool or in the house, but everyone’s labelling me as the slapper.’
– Maxwell Ward was given a warning by Big Brother for throwing a glass of water over co-star Kemal Shahin’s head. Further adding to the controversy surrounding the hopeful, he caused mass disgust in the public when he claimed to have put scabs into Kieron “Science” Harvey’s food.
OMG: Kinga Karolczak entered the house late in the series and caused possibly one of the most shocking moments of the entire show. The half Polish, half Kuwaiti market researcher from London left viewers aghast when she famously used a wine bottle as a tool for masturbation in the communal garden
Here he is! Pete Bennett. The lovable winner had originally auditioned for the fifth season of Big Brother but failed to get through
Pete Bennett. The lovable winner had originally auditioned for the fifth season of Big Brother but failed to get through. The star, who suffered with Bennett’s Tourette’s syndrome, was the bookies favourite throughout and eventually won with 61.2% of the final vote
Outrageous star Nikki Grahame entered the house in a pink Playboy bunny outfit and became one of the most temperamental stars to ever grace the show. Her temper tantrums were legendary, ranging from her claims that the air-con was like a blizzard and a rant about an MP3 player. The most memorable however was her attack on Susie Verrico, after the latter put her up for eviction.
She launched the venomous rant: ‘I’m feeling very venomous and angry. How dare she vote for me, she doesn’t even know me. What have I f***ing done?… She’s just marched in in her golden gown and just ousted me out, and it’s not fair! Who is she? Who is she? Who is she? Where did you find her?’
Winner, winner! Brian Belo. The Essex-native was famed for his ditzy attitude and lovable nature – which eventually landed him 60.3% of the final vote
Brian Belo. The Essex-native was famed for his ditzy attitude and lovable nature – which eventually landed him 60.3% of the final vote. He left the house and later became involved in a messy legal battle as he claimed he was the brains behind the original concept for ITV2 hit The Only Way Is Essex.
Emily Parr, then-19, was ejected from the house in the early hours of the morning for using the N-word. Emily meanwhile, was removed from the house at 3.30am on 7 June 2007 after she was heard to use the racial slur to housemate Charley Uchea while they were chatting in the garden hours before, as she said: ‘Are you pushing it out, [N-word]?’
Both Charley and Nicky Maxwell, who was also present, were stunned at her use of the word however she swiftly insisted it ‘was a joke’. She was later called to the diary room and told of her ejection by Big Brother.
At the time of Emily’s removal, Head of the Big Brother commissioning team at Channel 4, Angela Jain, said after the incident: ‘In the wake of Celebrity Big Brother, we must consider the potential offence to viewers regardless of Emily’s intentions and her housemates’ response.
‘The word ‘n****r’ is clearly racially offensive and there was no justification for its use. We have removed Emily from the house to once again make it clear to all housemates and the viewers at home that such behaviour won’t be tolerated.’
Horror: – Housemate Dennis McHugh was ejected from the house for spitting in Mohamed ‘Mo’ Mohamed’s face during an argument. He was banned from returning to the house for the final due to inappropriate behaviour
Rachel Rice, from Pontypool, Wales. The actress and model won the show by an incredibly close 51.3% to her runner-up Michael Hughes. She is now a fully-qualified at Abersychan Comprehensive School.
Lisa Appleton and Mario Marconi were the first couple to ever enter the house. They were given a task to hide their relationship however he failed immediately. They sent shockwaves when they involved in some biscuit-based intimate talk – as they memorably used custard creams as a euphemism.
Despite being evicted in week six, Mario Marconi made a sensational return to the house in order to propose to girlfriend and fellow housemate Lisa Appleton. The pair had made history as the first contestants to enter the house as a couple, but competed on the show as separate housemates.
Bodybuilder Lisa was left astounded when Mario proposed on a heart-shaped plinth in the garden, holding up placards with his proposal on whilst she watched on through the windows of the living room. The couple went on to marry the next year, but divorced after two years together.
– Housemate Dennis McHugh was ejected from the house for spitting in Mohamed ‘Mo’ Mohamed’s face during an argument. He was banned from returning to the house for the final due to inappropriate behaviour.
Loved-up:Lisa Appleton and Mario Marconi were the first couple to ever enter the house. They were given a task to hide their relationship however he failed immediately. They sent shockwaves when they involved in some biscuit-based intimate talk – as they memorably used custard creams as a euphemism
Sophie Reade, from Cheshire. The buxom blonde glamour model walked away with a huge 74.4% as she beat London-based event organiser Siavash Sabbaghpour to the win.
Winner Sophie controversially changed her name to Dogface by deed poll to become a housemate in the show’s first week. As a special prize from Big Brother on day 72, Dogface was given permission to change her name back to Sophie.
Josie Gibson, from Bristol. The lovable blonde left with 77.5% before using her prize money to invest in properties. She has just welcomed her first child. After the show she enjoyed huge success as a fitness guru.
The eleventh season was the final for Channel 4 before it made its big move to Channel 5. The relationship between Josie and hunky John-James captivated viewers as they went through a series of ups and downs in the otherwise uneventful show.
Shock arrival: Both housemates and viewers were in awe when they walked into the house to discover Pamela Anderson waiting in the house
£100,000. Half the fund was given to the winner and the rest split between the five finalists.
Aaron Allard-Morgan, from Weston-super-Mare. The contract manager walked away with £50,990 and enjoyed success elsewhere with various TV appearances. He opened a bar when he left the show yet reports suggest the spot has now shut down.
Both housemates and viewers were in awe when they walked into the house to discover Pamela Anderson waiting in the house. Immediately one of the housemates shouted: ‘Oh my god, it’s Pamela Anderson!’ She remained in the house and set tasks for the housemates throughout.
Later on in the series, Big Brother threw a party for previous stars Paddy Doherty, Bobby Sabel, Lucien Laviscount, Nikki Grahame and Imogen Thomas. Hollyoaks actors Kieron Richardson and Bronagh Waugh, singer Michelle Heaton and reality star Katie Price.
Ejected: Aaron Frew was removed from the house for ‘inappropriate behaviour’, after he was seen repeatedly flashing and making unwanted sexually-charged advances at housemate Joel Williams
£100,000 – yet the total was split between the winner and runner up after the White Room twist
Luke Anderson, a South African chef from Flintshire. He became the second transgender contestant to win after Nadia.
Aaron Frew was removed from the house for ‘inappropriate behaviour’, after he was seen repeatedly flashing and making unwanted sexually-charged advances at housemate Joel Williams.
The then-24-year-old was seen shedding tears as Big Brother informed him that his two-week stint would be coming to an abrupt end. He seemed to know that his removal was on the cards as he spoke with Big Brother, weeping as he said: ‘I’m sorry. Oh my God, I can’t believe it.. I really didn’t mean to take it that far.
‘I’m so sorry, that’s all I can say… I’m so sorry Mum, and my friends. I can’t describe how I feel… I can’t believe my journey’s ended like this. It’s really meant so much to me. I’m really so upset.’
Sam Evans, from Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, South Wales. After he was crowned winner of the show, Sam revealed he would return to working in Debenhams.
: Regulatory body Ofcom received More than 150 complaints after Big Brother issued Jemima Slade a formal warning for her offensive comments towards Gina Rio. Gina slammed Jemima for her comments about disliking dating black men – after which she accused her of being racist.
Helen Wood, from Bromley Cross, Bolton. Prior to entering the house, Helen was best known for being involved in a threesome with married footballer Wayne Rooney. After leaving the house she scooped a number of columns as well as becoming in online spats with fellow stars.
Housemates Steven Goode and Kimberly Kisselovich famously got together after four weeks in the Big Brother house.However, just a few weeks after they shared their first kiss and moved their relationship on to a sexual level, Kimberly had to leave the house on Day 44 because of ‘illness’.
She later disclosed the reason she had left was due to falling pregnant with Steven’s baby, but miscarried due to an ectopic pregnancy. It wasn’t long before Steven was voted out and in September 2014, he proposed to his American lover in the Big Brother house. Steven convinced the show’s bosses to allow them access to the Elstree compound so he could pop the question in the Diary Room.
: Chloe Wilburn from Doncaster. The office administrator beat out bookies’ odds to reign victorious and walked away with an extra £5,000 during the Cash Bomb Week.
Big Brother received more than 2,000 complaints about the ‘bullying’ behaviour of former winner Helen Wood. The celebrity, who won last year’s show and was a guest star in this series, caused controversy when she described another former winner, Brian Belo, as ‘looking like a murderer and rapist’.
Ofcom said it received 2,024 complaints about the ‘offensive’ language used in the Channel 5 show, but said it would not investigate. A spokesman said: ‘Ofcom assessed a number of complaints about bullying in Big Brother and has decided they do not raise issues under our rules warranting further investigation.
‘We were satisfied that Channel 5 had broadcast clear and appropriate warnings about the potentially offensive content, and that it intervened in heated exchanges and situations at appropriate times.
‘We also took into account audience expectations for this reality format and the fact that the series was broadcast after the watershed.’
Complaints: Housemate Laura Carter, who previously claimed to have bedded Justin Bieber, soared to prominence again in the summer following an on-screen romp with Marco Pierre White Jr
Jason Burrill from Brighton. At 45, the property developer and salon owner, became the oldest winner of the show in its entire history at that time.
Housemate Laura Carter, who previously claimed to have bedded Justin Bieber, soared to prominence again in the summer following an on-screen romp with Marco Pierre White Jr.
The duo garnered a huge number of Ofcom complaints due to their overtly sexual behaviour, including Marco biting her nipple before they engaged in sex on the programme.
Out: Ex On The Beach star Kayleigh Morris was kicked out of the house for making ‘violent threats’ against fellow EOTB alumni Chanelle McCleary yet after leaving the show she stood by her behaviour
Isabelle Warburton from Warrington. The lovable star departed the house on the final day with 52.71%.
Ex On The Beach star Kayleigh Morris was kicked out of the house for making ‘violent threats’ against fellow EOTB alumni Chanelle McCleary yet after leaving the show she stood by her behaviour.
Having touched on her removal from the Channel 5 show, in an epic Instagram outburst, she went on to lash out at producers for the way in which she was edited, while also slamming the acts of Geordie Shore cast members and the general culture of reality TV.
Chanelle and Kayleigh had clashed with each other in a conversation about Ellie Young, with Chanelle smashing Kayleigh’s glass in front of her. Her actions prompted Kayleigh to jump on the defence.
She threatened to ‘grab a sharp object’ and ‘smash’ Chanelle with it, after which she was ejected from the house on Big Brother’s no tolerance rule on violence. Chanelle, meanwhile, had been given a formal and final warning by Big Brother.