Digital Spy will, as usual, be providing you with the best coverage of the show as it happens this evening. So stick with us as we celebrate the rebirth of Britain's most notorious reality show. And what about that Pamela Anderson twist, eh..?
23.05 And that's a wrap, folks. Big Brother 2011 has begun. Thank you for joining Digital Spy for tonight's big event. It wasn't too traumatising really, was it? The cast were arguably the most normal lot we've had in years, which will satisfy all you BB purists, and as long as this Pammy twist doesn't become too gimmicky, it seems we'll all happily be saying goodbye to our summer...er, september! Night Night.
22.59 Finally, Brian reveals why Pamela's been randomly shoved in with these crazy people. Kinda. Apparently, they'll be competing to become her best friend and her favourite of the 14 will receive "big rewards". She's asked to see Tom's penis, so my money's on him.
22.53 Right, it's time for the big reveal. Heeeere's Pammy. Channel 5 missed a trick by letting her just sit there rather than making her run out in slow motion. They're all very excited, except for Tom who apparently is more interested in the garden's faux beach than the Baywatch babe.
22.50 Right then you lot, let's hear it. Who's your early favourite, who's getting on your nerves already and what do you think of the group that Channel 5 have assembled? Did they do good? Let us know below!
> Big Brother introduces Faye Palmer, Jay McKray, Louise Cliffe
22.46 So that's it, the doors have closed and our line-up is complete. Until the late-comers inevitably start to trickle in over the next few weeks, of course. Apparently they're out of champagne already. This lot don't hang about. What's Pammy going to drink?
22.43 And here is our final housemate, Miss Manchester Louise Cliffe. She's a Bargain Hunt fan and has fantastic taste in hats. We're backing her based on that bowler alone.
22.41 The hilariously-named Jay McKray is next up, having apparently stumbled onto the Big Brother runway on his way back from Geordie Shore auditions. Maisy and Alex are practically drooling as he strides down the stairs. Is it too early for a contrived showmance to begin?
22.38 Fancy a bit of beefcake? Well here's...uh...Faye Palmer. She wrestles under the alias of Darcy Steele and is all hard 'n' that. She may be fierce, but she's no match for cleverly-positioned cameramen and their bum-seeking cameras. Did we mention the owner of Channel 5 is also in charge of the Daily Star?
> Big Brother house gains Harry Blake, Rebeckah Vaughan, Anton Murphy
22.31 Watch out Aaron, you've got competition for the title of BB's biggest a**e with next housemate Anton Murphy. Apparently he fears infuriating fellow housemates with his snoring. Trust me mate, you got bigger things to worry about than that.
22.26 Brian lines up the VT for Robin Hood with boobs Rebeckah Vaughan. She totters out like Barbie, giggles and sheds tears seconds after coming off the final step. She seems kind of likeable. Could she be the next Sophie Reade?
22.19 Next up is horsey milkshake mogul Poshy Snobberton IV. Or Harry Blake, whatever. Future Big Brother contestants take note...describing animal slaughter as "fun" will get you booed.
> Big Brother reveals new housemates Tashie Jackson, Aden Theobald, Alex Rose
22.13 Alex hyperventilates her way down the stairs into Heaven's arms. Oh, apparently Pamela Anderson's hiding in the compound. Who knew? "What will she make of the housemates?" asks Brian. Well, I'm sure she won't be overly keen on Aden's foot fetish.
22.10 After Brian rubs it in everyone's faces how successful he's become, it's time to meet our next inmate Alex Rose. She rates herself as a 10 for attractiveness, but "realistically" she's a five (her words). All I know is that on the annoying scale, she's a 17.
22.06 Housemate No.7 is wannabe 'playa' Aden Theobald. He sleeps with lots of women and teddy bears apparently.
22.04 According to Brian, Tashie is quite "slippy". Just wait 'til she rubs shoulders with that greaseball Aaron. They'll be sliding all over the place.
22.02 Oh forget it, like they're gonna tell us anything. Here's bendy booze-lizard Tashie instead.
22.01 Pam's been wheeled out again. Yes, very nice, but what is she doing there? Answer us Channel 5!
21.59 So, that's our first five...Mark, Maisy, Aaron, Heaven and Thomas. It says something about Big Brother that we already know the penis sizes of the majority of its male contestants. Anyway, what are your thoughts on the gang so far? Leave your comments below!
> Big Brother house welcomes Aaron Allard-Morgan, Heaven Africa, Tom O' Connell
21.57 Well it wouldn't be Big Brother without an amazingly camp man would it? Mika-lookalike Thomas O'Connell will be the one making you reach for the mute button over the next 63 days. Watch where you point the cameras around those shorts Channel 5, we barely avoided a wardrobe malfunction with Heaven.
21.52 Next up is apparent Bond Girl Heaven Africa. I'm not sure about her chances, but I'm pretty sure nobody ever won Big Brother through discussing their womb. Or screaming over and over! Shut up Heaven! And cover up!
21.49 Gotta love Marcus Bentley for knocking Aaron down a peg or two, revealing that he is reduced to tears by hairdressers and loves High School Musical as he swaggers his way up the stairs. Fantastic.
21.47 Yes Brian, Pamela Anderson's in the house. WE GET IT! And soon she'll be joined by Aaron Allard-Morgan. Cockiness is not the word.
> Big Brother's first hopefuls Mark Henderson, Maisy James enter the house
21.42 Time for the first of many, many, MANY ad-breaks. Maisy introduces herself to Mark, who is still amazed by the egg-shaped bath. I'm sensing this could be a running annecdote tonight. Give me Tara Reid's door story any day.
21.40 Housemate No.2 Maisy James makes her Big Brother debut. She's a model...she gets booed. This girl has first evictee written all over her, and telling the crowd to shut up is not going to help matters.
21.38 Mark's in the house, attempting to out-ditz the dearly departed Amy Childs. "Why's the bath shaped like an egg?" he asks. If this guy is amazed by unusually shaped tubs, how on earth is he going to react when Pammy jumps out?
21.36 Right, let's wheel out the first patient. It's 28-year-old sales assistant Mark Henderson. He shares his hope that he won't say anything stupid, shortly after admitting to millions that he has a tiny dinkle.
21.34 Pammy's in there, getting nice and settled. Apparently she'll have a lot of power. Still no clue why she wasn't on the celeb version though.
21.32 Well this is exciting isn't it? Seems like just yesterday we were all weeping into our sofas as Big Brother ended 'for good', right? Brian's out, looking wonderful as always. He's attempting to tout Jedward's underwear. Any takers?
9.25pm: We're nearly off. In a matter of moments, Big Brother as we all know and love it will be unleashed on the UK public again. In the meantime, place you bets on whether any of the people that Digital Spy caught up with at the Big Brother auditions will make it to the house: