Big Brother day 91

Is it really that long since a fresh-faced bunch of would-be z-listers entered the house? Three months?†

It hardly seems like the same show that PHD co-founder Jonathan Durden was in. He left the show two months ago.

Somebody called Emily Parr left three months ago following a racially offensive comment she made towards housemate Charley, who has also gone. I'm not sure when she went, but I haven't seen more than an hour of this latest season since it began.

Emails keep arriving from Channel 4 with a seeming endless array of tasks. Even the people writing these sound bored

"Housemates direct and star in Big Brother 8 the Movie"
"Jonty regrets not sticking up for his former halfway housemates…again"
"Carole confesses all to Big Brother"

Day 91
12:38pm – For today's task housemates have been given three hours to make a movie of their experience of the Big Brother house, Big Brother 8 the Movie. The first scene is Amanda and Sam's entrance into the Big Brother house. Liam and Ziggy have been chosen to play the twins. At the end of the scene Amanda says: "That was dead good guys, that was like me and Sam."

Someone probably thought it was amusing to get the housemates to re-enact their time in the house as if once was not enough, but what else are you going to do on Day 91, which sounds like some post-apocalyptic milestone from Cormac McCarthy's brilliant novel 'The Road'.

Millions of viewers have deserted the show since it began at the end of May when 6.2m tuned in. Figures went as low as 2.1m, but have rallied to an average of 3.6m, which is still a lot and probably why, despite the boredom, Channel 4 is rolling on with the show.

The good news is that this Friday we will reach Day 93. The End. The Finish. Oh the twins might win. Sam and Amanda. Good? Bad? Who's to know.

With Celebrity Big Brother on ice and interest at an all time low surely this is the moment to rest the whole reality showboat. Maybe it will come back fresh or maybe something new and different will return in its place – now there's an idea.†

  • Tim Connor

    This is a very moving and evocotive post and, possibly based upon real-life situations.

    The question that I have though is this:
    How would you propose addressing what is a huge issue and a major drain upon funds which could and should be used to benefit those in genuine need?

    It is often far too easy to pick holes in a system because it does provoke an emotional reaction.

    There is an absolute necessity to identify and deal with those cases which, by their fraudulent actions cost all of us, especially those genuinely in need.

    I would be very interested to hear your proposal as to how this could be addressed without incurring a massive additional financial burden.

    For the record, I am not involved in politics and do sympathise greatly with those genuine cases who are put through an ordeal designed to expose the cheats.

  • Hugh Salmon

    Thanks, Tim.

    I am glad we agree on the crux of the issue. There are a number of ways the objective could be achieved by a more sympathetic approach. Yes, they might be more expensive – but not ‘a massive amount’ in my view. And certainly a price worth paying.

    As I have said, it depends how much you care. The more savage the cuts, the more the repercussions need to be considered. The current Coalition Government have been consistently and sadly wanting in this area (to their own detriment as well as the underclass in society whose lives the Goverment’s brutal approach affects most).

    You are correct in perceptively identifying that this is a true story. Thanks for the comment.

    Best wishes,


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  • Hugh Salmon