A brief study of this TV hit and a general moan about the effect it has had on the celebrity culture.
A brief look at this TV phenonomon
Big Brother first appeared in the Netherlands in 1999. It is a reality TV franchise, the idea of which is that a group of people live together in one house isolated from the outside world. The contestants, known usually as housemates, are observed 24 hours a day by TV cameras. At the start of the programme 12 to 16 people live in the house, but each week a housemate is voted out until only one survives winning a cash prize.
What started as an interesting idea and social experiment has now become a freak show with contestants being chosen for their personality disorders, and potential for conflict amongst the group. It has become nothing more than a rite of passage for wanna be celebrities who wish to become famous TV personalities but have no talent or abilities to do it the hard way. In fact in a case of the programme feeding on itself in the UK a contestant came back as a celebrity for celebrity Big Brother, also another channel made a series based upon the Big Brother idea using contestants from other reality TV series, all desperate to hang on to their few fleeting moments of 'fame' for as long as possible.
After many attempts to keep the falling audiences happy the series was axed in the UK by Channel 4, it has subsequently been resurrected by Channel 5 and only time will tell how many Z list