THE BIG BROTHER HOUSE The original Big Brother House was based in Three Mills Studio in Bow, East London. Since 2003, Big Brother has been based in a compound in Elstree Studios, just north of London
CAMERAS IN THE BIG BROTHER HOUSE On Series One, BB had 13 x Robotic Cameras (the ones that move and are dome shaped) and 10 Fixed Cameras. The last few series increased the cameras and are now 22 x Robotic Cameras and 14 x Fixed. There is also a camera run that is situated around the house areas and there are five cameras that are studio cameras on pedestals and point through the two way mirrors.
PRODUCTION STAFF HIERARCHY Senior Team Creative Director 2 x Exec Producers 2 x Series Editor The current creative director of Big Brother is Philip Edgar Jones, also Creative Director of Brighter Pictures
REALITY TEAM 4 x Senior Producers 10 x Reality/Story Producers Reality producers do both day producing and story producing, depending on what shift they're on
THE TASKS Two main kind of tasks: Shopping Tasks and Saturday Tasks Shopping Tasks go towards food – contestants are given a basic budget of £1 a day for food. This increases to £4 each if they win a task Saturday Tasks used to bring out a particular dynamic in the group – more conceptual
THE TASK TEAM Senior Task Producer x 1 Task Producers x 3 Task Assistant Producers x 3 Task Researchers x 3 Task Runners x 3 Task Art Directors x 2 Art Assistants x 2 Chippies, painters, prop makers etc x 4
THE CARE TEAM This team looks after the well being of the Housemates, and liaise with their families and friends during evictions. They deal with any problems with Housemates – in association with the Psychologist and the Series Eds and Execs
STRUCTURE OF THE CARE TEAM Senior Care Producer x 1 Care Producer x 1 Care AP x 1 Care Researcher x 1
RACISM Ofcom's severe criticism of Channel 4 singled out three occasions the broadcaster failed to "handle the situation appropriately and contextualise". The first was when Goody referred to Shetty as "Shilpa Poppadom"; the second was Lloyd saying she wished the Indian actress would "f*** off home"; the third was derogatory comments about Indian eating habits, poverty, starvation, illness and being stick-thin during an argument over Shetty producing a dish of under-cooked chicken for housemates to eat.
SUMMARY Big Brother has run on British TV since 2000 It has generated vast amounts of money for both Channel 4 (the broadcaster) and Endemol (who own the format) It relies on state of the art cameras and hundreds of staff It has been a talking point for nearly 10 years At its peak, over a 100,000 people a year auditioned to go on the show Viewing figures peaked at around 10 million and now have slumped to around 2m 2010 sees the end of Big Brother on Channel 4 but there is always a possibility it could reappear on another channel
PRODUCTION TEAM 4x Exec Producers 1x Series Producer 2x Producers 8 x P/Ds 2x A/Ps 4x Researcher 1x Production Manager 1x Production Coordinator 2x Production Secretary 10x runners - this changes during different stages of the auditions