Of course, there have been changes. No live feed, and X Factor grabbing and running away with its "most controversial TV show" tag. And while this series (can we call it Big Brother 12 now?) may not have hit the heights of Big Brother's glory years (series 3 and 5 in this writer's opinion), this outing can certainly hold its head high.
Aaron Allard-Morgan has proved to be one of the most intriguing characters in the show's history and the focus on youth and extroverts has, on the whole, paid off. The celebrity series may have drawn the big ratings, but this non-celeb run has brought back the subtleties and voyeurism aspect that made the show such a cult hit back in its early years.
Tonight, a new champion will be crowned. It could be Aaron, Alex Rose, Louise Cliffe or Jay McKray. Realistically it's between Aaron and Alex, but we'll humour the other two by playing along with it. Brian Dowling will have squeezed into his suit one more time (loosen the top button Bri!) and he'll be handing over the series crown and cash prize at the end of the night.
22:32: Night, night! See you back here in January when Celebrity Big Brother kicks off all over again. Fingers crossed for Paul Danan, The Krankies, Wagner and Bob Carolgees.
22:30: What do you make of that result then guys? Shocked? Appalled? Thrilled? Personally, I think it's ushered in a great new era for Big Brother with fascinating and intriguing winners rather than nice guys/girls. A new non-celebrity Big Brother returns next summer. I may get polishing my gameplan and fill in application form.
22:27: That's all folks. Time for Brian to say the goodbyes and introduce a final montage sequence. The highlight of any series of Big Brother.
22:22: I don't think Brian Dowling is going to get to the bottom of Aaron's bizarre character in this daft interview. He shouts questions at Aaron, who just sits wide-eyed throughout. He denies having a gameplan. He seems confused about suggestions that he messed Faye around. He generally looks stunned. Maybe we'll never know what was going through his head over the past 64 days.
22:20: Not even the ticker tape and disco music can drown out the boos. Very surreal. Aaron seems more baffled than anyone else about the whole thing.
22:16: Lots of people shouting 'fix, fix' in the forums and on Twitter. As ever, this is nonsense. Just because the person you don't like wins, doesn't mean it's a fix. Aaron generated passionate supporters. It was clear he had lots of fans. And most importantly who would fix it? And why would it be fixed? Don't believe the conspiracies people.
22:12: 64 days in the Big Brother house. I reckon I've only understood about 64 words in the entire duration. Grunt. Why aye. Grunt. Grunt. *fart*. Louise. Grunt. Grunt.
> Aaron wins Big Brother
22:10: Brian and Jay are never going to make a great double act. Most awkward interview of the evening so far. Very stilted. Jay is either dazed by the whole thing or utterly distraught at not winning. Brian doesn't do much to make him feel comfortable either.
22:06: Jay does the most unconvincing, 'I knew you were going to win' line ever. He looks pretty deflated in his chat with Brian.
22:04: The winner is.... Aaron. He did it. Big boos. Huge boos. It's barmy. Also hilarious as well. Before Aaron can leave though, we've got to hear from the second half of the Big Brother poo club. It's Jay. Why aye pet, fishy on a dishy, alreeeeet etc etc (insert your own Geordie clichés here).
22:02: We're back. We're about to find out the winner. I'm betting my Curly Wurly on Aaron.
21:59: Whoever wins out of Aaron and Jay, I'm just pleased Channel 5's Big Brother has ushered in a new era of gameplayers. Makes a refreshing change from the "nicest" or "funniest" housemate winning.
> Big Brother: Alex Rose finishes third
21:56: I suppose the fact Alex had won £30,000 already may have cost her votes. Worth considering.
21:51: Alex looks pretty stunned and chuffed with third. Brian's questions feel like the sort of questions you'd ask a winner. He's got quite an annoying Q&A technique hasn't he? He always feels like he's desperate to ask the next question, before the interviewee's even finished. And he makes a lot of presumptions about the answers. That's probably not his fault. This is only an hour and a half show. Why not extend it Channel 5? I want a three hour mammoth extravaganza.
21:47: This is the moment, where everybody tries to claim that they knew Alex would never win. If anyone says that, they are fibbing. I thought at the very least, she would be runner-up. And I'm no Alex fan. I never saw the attraction. What highlights did she bring to the house? Apart from being given those fake tans (yawn), she was always away from the drama and interesting events. I guess that's why she hasn't won. That's my two penneth on the subject anyway.
21:43: We're moving on from Louise's poo fetish talk to the next eviction. Next out and in third place is Jay.... no wait. It's not. It's Alex Rose. Wait, there must be some sort of miscount. Really? Really? Apparently so. A screaming Alex leaves the house to 'Barbie Girl'. That is what I call a reality TV shock. Bookmakers will be stunned. I'm stunned.
21:39: "He wiped his arse today and showed me the s**t on the bog roll," says Louise, who appears to have a bit of a bottom/poo/farting fetish. The more disgusting Jay gets, the more she likes him apparently. I wouldn't recommend trying that with any other girl.
21:37: Louise claims that she is "boring" and is surprised that she made it so far in the series. Louise claims that she likes Jay because he "reminds her of the lads" back home.
21:35: Louise is introduced to Jay's mum by Brian Dowling. It's all a bit awkward. I don't think Louise or Jay's mum are daft enough to think it's worthwhile to exchange more than pleasantries.
> Louise Cliffe finishes in fourth
21:32: Brian Dowling introduces Louise Cliffe as the "farting" housemate. Oof, that's not a great moniker. Ah well. I'm sure Nuts and Zoo are still interested.
21:29: A classy final line for Louise in the Big Brother house. "I'm s**ting myself." Along with her stinking new haircut, she's wearing what looks like an offcut from Big Fat Gypsy Weddings and she wobbles down the stairs with all the grace of a hippo. Quite bizarre, because she is probably the most beautiful housemate to ever take part. Maybe all that time with Jay has eroded her beauty?
21:26: First person out? Louise Cliffe of course. I reckon her daft new haircut blew any slim chance she had. Seriously, it's awful.
21:25: The highlights end with the housemates weeping, dancing and singing along to 'My Way'. Aaron in tears. Louise dancing. Alex in tears. Jay stood in his pants, swigging beer and singing along. Beautiful and classic Big Brother. Undignified, ugly and hilarious.
21:21: "Can you imagine if I won and went out to boos," ponders Aaron. It is indeed a possibility Aaron. He's frustrated the hell out of so many people. And the fact he's done that has delighted many more. He's the one truly great housemate from this series. Harry and Alex were good. But Aaron probably goes down with the greats, in my opinion.
21:18: A quick recap of last night and Tom's eviction. Was a harsh end for Tom. I hated his guts early on and found him more irritating than genital warts, but I warmed to him in recent weeks. He was only ever making up the numbers, but it would have been nice for him to make the final. But maybe, I'm just going soft.
22:17: Brian claimed that Jem and Rebeckah couldn't make it back for the final tonight. I spoke to Rebeckah earlier and she told me that she was just off out on the town. Fair play.
21:12: Not looking so good for Aaron. He has big support in the DS forums, but I fear in the Big Brother heartlands, it's all about Alex. The boos are huge for Aaron in the Elstree crowd. Would be a massive upset if he took the crown. Would also be the first ever winner to come out to boos.
21:08: Brian introduces all the former housemates. Tashie, Maisy, Aden, Barry, Bozo, Tipsy, Bob, Billy Goat Smythe III. I may have made some of those names up. But who cares, you don't remember any of them.
21:05: Brian's here. He hasn't loosened his collar one bit since that opening Celebrity Big Brother launch night in the summer. And he's still stiffer than a Viagra-loaded Frankie Cocozza in the Playboy mansion. I thought he coped well with the celebrity series, but he hasn't grown in the role, in my opinion. Needs some work over Christmas on looking natural.
20:59: Who are you backing people? I don't really mind either way. It's clearly going to be Aaron or Alex. The two As. I'm swaying towards Aaron because I'd like to see Brian Dowling's awkward interview with him. But is that a good enough reason to make him a winner?
20:57: Ahh, the last five minutes of Ice Road Truckers. I'm going to miss pulling my confused face everytime I watch you on a Friday.
20:54: Hello! Welcome to an evening of Big Brother madness. The final evening of it in 2011. Thankfully, we won't have to wait long for its return. The celeb series starts back on Channel 5 in January. Some might call it overload. I call it brilliant.
> Big Brother poll: Who do you want to win?
> Digital Spy readers back Aaron Allard-Morgan for Big Brother