Inside the best Big Brother houses through the years – vote for your favourite
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ITV has yet to release images of the new incarnation of the Big Brother house, which returns to screens on October 8, but it is sure to contain many surprises for housemates.
Since the show was first broadcast on July 14, 2000, on its original home of Channel 4, the house itself has been as iconic as the housemates.
The original house looks pretty basic now and the abode has evolved over the years to become as much a part of the show as the contestants, particularly when it switched home and moved to Channel 5 for its twelfth series.
Over the years, producers have tweaked the design to make life as difficult as possible for those taking part from ensuring lack of privacy to creating social divides.
Express.co.uk has trawled the archives to take a look at some of those classic houses.
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Big Brother one
The original Big Brother house was a far simpler affair than some of the creations that followed. Although it had a hidden jacuzzi, it was pretty basic and resembled an average houseshare.
It was a time when contestants still treated it like a contest rather than a catapult to fame chanting, “It’s only a game show” when it all got too much for them. But the dining table did host the show’s first iconic moment when the group sat around it to confront ‘Nasty’ Nick Bateman.
Big Brother three
The third year of Big Brother saw a major change as it upped sticks from its original location in Bow and headed to Elstree Studios, where it’s stayed ever since.
The house was already looking slicker and for the first time ever it became a huge part of the game thanks to the rich-poor divide.
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Big Brother five
After Big Brother Four was deemed boring, producers pulled out all the stops to make sure that series five would be explosive by making it as uncomfortable as possible for the housemates. Indeed the theme of the show was Big Brother Goes Evil.
Big Brother eight
The eighth year of the show was notable as it was also the first year of the smoking ban, so this was the first house to feature a smoking area.
Producers were also going out of their way to annoy the housemates after placing the fridge in the garden and the oven in the bedroom. The house also featured some hidden rooms and a secret caravan (in which one contestant literally wet themselves!)
Big Brother nine
For series nine, the house became the driving force behind the show with a luxury side and a poor side.
This saw the housemates divided into two tribes – the Luxury Bedroom and B-Block. As if that wasn’t enough there was also a “jail” in the house.
Big Brother 11
For the final series on Channel 4, producers decided on a carnival theme. One of the most luxurious houses to date it featured lavish designs and even a snug. One of the quirkiest additions was Bob Righter – a fortune-teller machine that spoke in rhymes to give the housemates news and hints.
Big Brother 12
The first Big Brother series on Channel 5 saw one of the most colourful houses to date. The lavish abode had a sauna and, strangely, a beach. There was also a room called The Crypt where housemates could play dead and spy on the others.
Big Brother 14
Big Brother was somewhat forward-thinking with its 14th incarnation of the house, giving it an eco-friendly theme. It contained recycled furnishings and also renewable energy.
The housemates had to power the hairdryers and straighteners by riding a bike – and turning a wheel to get the shower going. The jail also made a return alongside the treehouse.
Big Brother 16
The extremely colourful Big Brother 16 house featured a gloomy dark bedroom and a luxury bathroom. It also featured a whole other house next door!
Big Brother 19
Truly reflecting the times, this was possibly the most Insta-friendly house to date, which seems a waste since housemates aren’t allowed phones. It looked more like the Love Island villa than a Big Brother house and was a fitting setting for what was the final ever series on Channel 5.
Big Brother returns to ITV 2 and ITV X on Sunday October 8 at 9pm.
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