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Cameron Stout ('Big Brother 4')

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Cameron Stout ('Big Brother 4')
We all remember Craig confronting Nasty Nick in series one, Kate getting drunk with Jade in series three, Helen and Paul's romance in series two and the infamous Fight Night in series five. But what about the often-derided fourth incarnation of Big Brother? We caught up with the show's winner Cameron Stout to find out whether it really was that boring and ask whether there's a chance he could ever return to the Elstree compound for a second stint of incarceration.

Does Big Brother still dominate your life?
"My friends, family and I have certainly got used to it being part of my annual calendar. Then there's also the people you encounter for the first time, for whom it's still a really big deal. It's six years since I was in the house, but it amazes me how fresh it is for other people. They have a much better memory of it all than I have. People still say things like, 'Do you remember on Day 49, you were chatting to Scott in the garden and he fell over a bench?' I think when you're in the house, you're just living, but the people who watch the highlights, it obviously sticks in their mind. It's lovely that people have such fond memories of the show though. I really enjoy the tales people tell you like, 'We were on holiday in Cyprus, and the bar erupted when you won'. It's nice to be part of people's memories from that summer."

What are your strongest memories from inside the house?
"I can remember the opening night as clear as day. I can see the furniture, the kitchen fittings, the tables and lights. But on the other hand, I can't recall the final night at all. I've seen the DVD and I get a little nervous watching it. Although I know I'm going to win, I don't have a memory of being the winner and how it unfolded. My favourite memory of the house was doing the cabaret. Big Brother wouldn't give us props or anything, so we had to make it all up. It was all my idea and everyone said that they really enjoyed it afterwards, which was really nice."

A lot of people describe the fourth series as the "boring" year. Do you think that's fair?
"It is hard for us to judge because we weren't viewers. What I do know is that the poor side/rich side idea from Big Brother 3; the producers thought the clashes that came from that had got a bad reaction from viewers. So for Big Brother 4, they set out to have a harmonious household. There was the usual stresses and strains, but it never erupted like in other years. The pendulum of course swung the other way the next year, when they had Big Brother 5 with Fight Night. Yes, it's been called boring, but for us, there were certain novelties. There was the first night nominations, the swap with Africa, an old housemate coming in, a new housemate coming in. There were certain events that, in Big Brother terms, were groundbreaking. I think we would all acknowledge that there wasn't as much tension, but from an experience point of view, we were none the worse for that."

Do you still keep in touch with the other housemates?
"I'm arranging to see Gos and Jon when I come down to London next. I keep in contact with them most, but the boys all try to meet up in Dublin once a year for St Patrick's Day. I think we all share something unique. From our point of view, it's great to be able to call each other up and say, 'Do you remember that?' There's not many other people who can really understand what we went through. That's another good aspect of the fourth series. I get really annoyed with these long-drawn out disputes in the press between old Big Brother contestants. I mean, get a life! It's only Big Brother, you need to get over it. People thought Jon Tickle and I were at each other's throats after the show, but we are both adults and we got over it. Who cares if someone's fallen out with someone else, three years ago?"

There was a story recently claiming that all the winners were off back in the house. Is that true?
"I've always said all the way along that I would go back in. But nowadays I'm reserving judgement on that. I had such a good experience when I was there that I wouldn't want to spoil that. Even if the winners went in for a mini-series, it would be too manipulated, scripted and they would set us up against each other. When really, the important thing is for people to naturally interact. I think have the strength of character to mentally survive, but I don't know."

What do you make of this year's housemates?
"Initially I thought, 'why on Earth have they had to choose so many foreign people?' I mean, I work all around the world and am in no way xenophobic, but you know, you wonder 'what's going on here?' But I actually think they've chosen very well this year. There may be some stereotypes, but the actual interaction this year has been fascinating. All power to Endemol, I think they've done fine. It's been a lot more interesting this year than the last couple."

You're a bit of a regular on the DS forums. How did that come about?
"The reason I signed up in the first place was because of a discussion on the site about the African swap, which was factually incorrect. I just wanted to put them right on that story. Obviously it erupted into a bear-baiting exercise, but it challenged me in a lot of ways. I does get upsetting - I mean it got a bit heavy at times in the Questions For Cameron thread - but you don't know these people taking potshots. Forum posters on sites like Digital Spy don't give their names, but they know very well who we are. It's a little bit one-sided! I just thought it was better to tell the truth rather than let people make assumptions. Of course, there's some people who won't change their minds, but I think I've weathered the Digital Spy storm. There are aspects to the forum that I find really interesting. In certain respects, I was a narrow-minded person before I joined and it's helped me respect other people's views a lot more."

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