The house has an open plan living area consisting of lounge, dining area and kitchen with wood panelling and an open-air fireplace. Double doors lead from the living space out to a wood decked garden containing a vegetable patch and, of course, chickens. There are two bedrooms within the Big Brother house, each with five beds, but this time one of the bedrooms has an en suite bathroom attached to it. It is up to the participants to decide how to allocate these. The house also has a toilet and a shower room. There are cameras in all of the rooms.
The Diary RoomThe participants can enter the Diary Room to share their personal observations about life in the house, and their feelings about the other house members. Participants will not hear one another's diaries while they are in the house, but the material may be broadcast.
Via the house tannoy system, individual participants can be called into the Diary Room to talk as deemed necessary. Similarly, if a participant wishes to speak to someone, they can enter the Diary Room at any point and talk to a member of the production team. Participants also use the Diary Room to nominate their fellow housemates for eviction.
If a participant chooses to leave the Big Brother house, they are asked to enter the Diary Room to explain their reasons for leaving.
Technical SpecificationsThe Big Brother house is fully equipped with the following state-of-the-art audio and visual recording equipment to document every movement and every word of all participants in the house and garden.
- Five manned Hitachi broadcast cameras follow participants from behind one-way glass, sound proofing runs within the house.
- Producers in the control room operate an additional 13 cameras fitted to remotely controlled pan and tilt heads.
- A further 13 fixed cameras ensure that every area of the house and garden environment is under surveillance.
- Over 40 microphones provide comprehensive audio coverage.
- Every participant wears a compulsory radio microphone.
- A tannoy system allows the voice of Big Brother to issue instructions to the house members.
- Thirty-five monitors are housed within the control room, watched over by a 24-hour production team of directors and vision mixers.
- Fifteen kilometres of cable have been used in the technical construction of the Big Brother house.
- Two thousand radio mic batteries will be used throughout the series.
- Nine thousand hours of tape will be recorded.
- 150 producers, directors, editors and webmasters work to bring Big Brother to terrestial tv, digital tv and the web.
- 60 crew members bring each nightly show to your TV screen.
- It takes over 20 web experts to bring the 24 hour live streaming to your PC.
- The Big Brother team work round the clock and even at midnight there are three producers and two directors on duty, plus 22 other crew members.