Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Big Brother pickle

Channel 4 seems to have got into a spot of bother with its ‘Big Brother’ Golden Ticket competition and now it's being investigated by Ofom.

At first you have to wonder if Ofcom doesn't have anything better to do. It can't be that serious can it? Well if it's all a big con, it could be, which is why the media watchdog is giving it the time of day.

An Ofcom spokesman said: "We have received complaints. We are taking everything seriously and will investigate them."

It could also mean trouble for Nestle and Kit Kat. It was supposed to be running a competition and it could find itself on the wrong end of legal action. Ouch.

The Sun is alleging that new Golden Ticket housemate Suzie winning the competition was a fix.

It has unearthed what it says is various bits of evidence (most coincidence and speculation) that the 43-year-old stripper was always set to enter the house, having tried several times to get in before.

Today, it has picture of her in a former trial ‘Big Brother’ house joking around with Cockney geezer Maxwell, who himself was invited back as a contestant for a later series.

There are a few strange things about it to be sure. Davina McCall claimed Susie and her tycoon husband bought thousands of pounds worth of Kit Kat bars. According to The Sun, her husband paid someone £4,000 for their ticket.

Suzie knew four of the housemates, but ‘Big Brother’ bosses told her not to mention it. As if no one would find out.


At 12:47 PM, Blogger Lost Boy said...

I'm amazed that anybody is genuinely surprised by this development. 'Big Brother' hasn't been a genuine social experiment since the second series'; it's only natural that after the diabolical fourth series that producers would want to finetune the final line-up, although it's a bit of a swizz for anyone who genuinely wants to be in there. However, quite why anyone wants to participate is another mystery.

At 12:56 PM, Blogger when2tribesgotowar said...

I think there's still a misguided notion that fame and fortune awaits at the end of the programme.

Unfortunately, after 13 weeks of tabloid derision, I fear that the only people making a fortune will be psychiatrists.

Still, its a free world so who are we to judge?

Personally, I think that the better reality show is Ship Wrecked as nobody is seeking fame from it and people are more genuine as a result.

I think that BB7 is at least 2 series past its sell by date and i think that Endemol/C4 should give the tired concept a bit of a rest. It may be hard for them to turn their backs on almost certain ad revenue but surely the broadcaster's integrity should rank higher than that.

What do you think Gordon. You seem like an avid fan of BB but don't you think it could do with listening to Kit Kat's advice and take a break?


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