Day 5

It’s 3:42am and Ben is snoring again. He has worked out an arrangement with Regina to tie a rope to his leg that she can tug if he snores. It doesn’t work.

Members from both houses rise early to clean and make breakfast. Belinda does a short bit of cleaning in the square house and starts preparing breakfast. She says she loves cooking, to which Vincent replies he loves eating. Meanwhile in the round house Regina gets up to do some cleaning. Vincent is getting dressed infront of Irena, she comments on his briefs. Ben doesn’t want to get up… the other housemates are getting ready for some breakfast and just as Ben declares he doesn’t want to get up Big Brother announces the hot water has been turned off. Over in the square house, Vincent and Irena are getting pretty close. Irena talks about how she likes flirty talk (some aggression) with her boyfriend. She tries to move the conversation to Vincent’s girlfriend, but he won’t say a thing. Ben is showing with cold water.

1:04pm – The girls in the round house are sunbathing and talking relationships. Chrissie says she was with her boyfriend for 6 years, but they grew apart. Later, all the round housemates make a chess board using charcoal from the BBQ. Ben says he’s gullible and the housemates go on to convince Regina that the word ‘gullible’ has been taken out of the dictionary. Regina talks about how she uses swear words without realising it (eg. in front of a customer).

6:27pm – Daniel is showing off his thrid nipple to Chrissie who is very interested in it. 20 minutes later Daniel is talking about Regina, and how she says whatever is on her mind (in a good way).

7:46pm – Leah enters the round house and is very excited. Ben thinks her self-doll is a baby at first. Saxon enters the square house without much excitement. Carlo doesn’t look very happy about the new arrival (probably because it isn’t a girl). Meanwhile Jo gives Leah the house tour, she thinks the bedroom is awesome. Jo offers to move beds for Leah. Saxon is in the square bedroom while Belinda gives him the tour. He comments on Irena’s laugh.

8:25pm – Saxon asks Vincent if he has a “partner”. Vincent is really offended that he didn’t say “girlfriend”. Leah is sharing photos of her boyfriend “Brennon” and her family to the other housemates. The square house is working out sleeping arrangements.

In the round house Leah tries to communicate with the square house by yelling over the wall. Leah: “I’m new.. are you having fun?”. The square house isn’t impressed. Leah goes on to say “Have you got a pool?.. yeah we got a pool.. two pools, and a tennis court!”. The square house gives up trying to yell back and goes inside to talk with Saxon. He reveals he has a deaf younger brother, who suffered a stroke when he was very young. Despite this, Saxon’s brother is very confident. Carlo walks into the room and other housemates tell him about Saxon’s brother. Carlo doesn’t seem to care that much and makes a joke about it by yelling “WHAT?”.

Vincent and Belinda are back outside trying to yell out to Leah. They both find out both households have seven people in them, and Leah asks “is your kitchen inside?”. Irena doesn’t care and says they don’t need to know about the other house.

It’s bedtime. Regina and Leah share a bed while Regina strongly asks Ben to sleep on his stomach. Vincent and Carlo share a bed in the square house… an unlikely pair.

Day 4 Live crossover

We start with near-dinner time for the housemates in the square house. We are told by Gretel that Big Brother is giving them an extra dinner to give them the impression they will be getting a new housemate tonight. Big Brother tells them that the store room is open. The housemates dabble around talking about how that was the voice of Peter Abbott and not the stand-in Big Brothers. Carlo goes on with his story and Big Brother has to alert them again that the store room is open. They hop to their feet and have a look around, delighted at all the great food they’re getting.

Back to Gretel in the studio.. she’s looking much better than last night. She talks about the two new housemates that will be going in tonight. We are shown Daniel’s video profile. He has a “Unique Mind”. Included in the footage is him at The Church dancing in his nerd costume (as seen on Search for a Supermodel). He even made a logo for him and his ex-girlfriend!

Back to the square house who have just realised that there is an extra meal.. they are getting excited. One of them says “maybe it’s Bert”. Carlo jokes about how it would be weird if he asked the housemates for 30 minutes alone in the bedroom, or Vincent’s bed (much to Vincent’s disgust).

Chrissie’s video profile is shown. She’s a freelance writer. “Quick witted” who drinks too much coffee. Now we’re in the hallway to the house with both housemates and Gretel. Both of them say they have no idea what to expect as they’ve been in isolation for the past three days.

Gretel in the studio. She says the housemates are “travelling”. She is then joined by Turkan and Nathan and Carmell. Carmell explains that Daniel is an introvert, which is unusual for a Big Brother house. Gretel can’t comprehend what an introvert is and asks Carmell to give a seperate definition of what introvert and extrovert mean. Carmell says Nathan is an introvert while Turkan is extrovert. Gretel doesn’t know what is happening next and needs Big Brother to buzz the info in her ear.

Update footage. Ben is plotting another trick for the next lot of housemates to come into the house. He wants to put sand in their beds and tell them his (and Jo’s) beds were the same. Jo won’t stop laughing.

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Gretel tells us that the square house is looking forward to another housemate (prefferably a female one) so Jaime can have a girlfriend. Switch to the round house: Chrissy and Daniel come in and the existing housemates get all excited and introduce each other. Jo is showing everyone around. Regina says there aren’t enough beds for all of them. Later in the show, Gretel checks with Big Brother if there are enough beds, he says there are.

Gretel talks with Turkan and Nathan. Turkan says when she first went into the house she wanted to work out where she was, and who she would be compatible with. Nathan said he saw traits of the housemates ‘bleeding into each other’. He keeps talking and Gretel has to shut him up, to which he says “fine I’m going to Survivor”.

Update footage. Carlo builds a statue of his girlfriend, with plastic plate boobs.

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Gretel says the main rumour right now are that there is an underground house. Turkan starts talking about how Vincent snapped at Carlo and Irena when they called him “Vince”. Nathan says he’s like Alex from BB2, but much more harsh. Carmell says Carlo is really nice deep down and Vincent (because he’s the oldest) feels the need to be the one in charge, so has to frequently exert his power. Then there is talk about star signs and personality traits. Carmell says there is some evidence to say that star signs influence personality. Nathan starts talking again and Gretel has to shoosh him.

In the round house the housemates are bonding in the bedroom. There is something wrong with Chrissie’s microphone which makes a bad hissing noise. They are all updated on the ‘housemate’ situation.

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Predictions from Nathan and Turkan. Nathan says everyone will explode over Carlo’s outspoken-ness, but as far as Nathan’s seen, Carlo is the only one drinking beer (despite the fact Carlo said on the first night he never drinks beer). Gretel has to shoosh him. Carmel says it is evident there is a personality trait missing in the house. Gretel rounds up what has happened in the night. Tomorrow night Shannon (BB2) and Johnny (BB1) will be joining Gretel.

Day 4

5:25am – We’re in the round house and Ben is snoring loudly, waking Regina. She gets up and gently wakes him. At first Ben doesn’t believe he was snoring, but apologises.

9:31am – Some of the round housemates have woken and Ben explains Regina waking him earlier. He thought that one of the Big Brother staff members had come in to whisk him out of the house.

10:36am – In the square house Vincent is trying to cook the housemates breakfast on the BBQ, while Irena offers advice at every given opportunity. She thinks the grill is too hot, but Vincent does not. Vincent looks very irritated, and tries to limit communication with Irena. Finally when Vincent realises some of Irena’s advice is correct, she swears at him and says “I hate to be right, but you’re a (censored)”. She then says it was a joke and has some cooking experience so she was trying to spare him the trouble.

11:35am – Yesterday Jo gave Ben a brainteaser: A man parks outside a hotel, and realises he’s bankrupt. Why? Ben still hasn’t solved the puzzle, and Jo asks him if he’s figured it out yet. Patrick suggests the man owns a caravan park, but that is incorrect. Hotel spelt backwards? No. There is a long pause. Patrick says the man is playing monopoly, that is correct. He cheers and Ben says “well done” many times over. Ben suggests some of Jo’s clues were distorting his answer. Ben had heard the brainteaser before – but only the answer, not the question… or so he says.

11:45am – The boys of the square house are chatting inside so Irena and Belinda take the opportunity to discuss Carlo outside. They are both sick of him and his disgusting humour. Belinda is well over it and Irena feels like she’s in a football club or something. They go on to wash the dishes.

Twenty minutes later Irena is talking to Carlo about Vincent. Carlo is freaked out about Vincent’s panicing over the smallest thing. They both agree Vincent can’t relax as easy as the rest of them. Irena suggests he has a “stick up his ass a bit”. Irena thinks he’s playing the game because he wouldn’t mention the name of his girlfriend. Vincent has told them he’s a mathematician and/or an engineer. Irena repeats to Carlo what happened with the BBQ this morning.

Carlo: “I don’t like to talk about other people.. but”
Irena: “What else is there to talk about?”

Carlo thinks the group was getting tighter before Vincent arrived, but now Carlo feels he has to hold back on his dirty jokes because of Vincent’s distate for them.

12:57pm – Jo and Regina discuss weddings. Regina says they are so expensive, and all wedding talk is to do with prices. For Regina’s honeymoon she came up to Queensland (from Tasmania). Regina feels 30 is the ideal age to get married, because you change so much over the years. Jo asks how Adrian (Regina’s husband) might be handling it – Regina thinks he’ll be right, despite it being a little weird. The two didn’t think she would get this far. Regina says “he’ll be right”.

3:07pm – Irena explains to the housemates she thinks with pictures. Other people think with smells. Vincent says he remembers a smell for almost every person he’s met. Things like Panadol in a chemist have a signature smell for people. Belinda says she is crazy and has another side – her hairdresser side and her mad side. Vincent comes over and growls in Belinda’s crazy side’s ear. Irena wonders what the other side of Vincent is.

6:32pm – Carlo has fashioned himself some crazy spikey hair. He is annoyed because Belinda has cleaned up all the golf balls. He say she will be the death of him. Carlo and Irena create a song about Belinda’s cleaning habits. Carlo then does some commentary on his own golfing.

7:45pm – Chrissie and Daniel enter the round house. Everyone is happy and Regina looks surprised. Jo explains to the newcomers that there is another house over the wall, and they always make noise. They quickly discover there are not enough beds. Daniel is relatively silent. In the square house Big Brother has provided an extra meal so the housemates are expecting another housemate to come in.

Back in the round house, housemates are organising the bedding situation. They will put matresses together so they all have their own seperate beds. Regina wants to sacrifice her bed, but Patrick won’t have any of that.

8:48pm – Big Brother has placed a new double bed in the round bedroom. Jo is excited but Chrisie doesn’t look all that impressed. She inspects the bed, and says “its going to be a triple”. Outside some of the resident round housemates are having drinks and discussing the beds. Jo sits down with Chrissie and does the “Jo interrogation”. Chrissie explains that she is an advertising writer. Jo has to leave to check the cooking of the rice, leaving Chrissie and Daniel at the table alone. At the BBQ Jo dishes some food for herself. Regina asks “are you going to eat all that… what have you got worms?”. The housemates around the BBQ laugh. Ben asks “have you checked?”.

9:47pm – Jo asks the girls if they have a scary reoccuring dream. Regina says she has one where her teeth are falling out. Jo jumps up and screams because she has the exact same dream too. In Jo’s dream she’s trying to put them back in but Regina is spitting them out. Chrissie explains what the dream means: you know the truth but you’re not saying it. If you’re trying to put the teeth back in you really don’t want to say it.

In the square house Belinda explains how strict her parents were when she was younger. She wasn’t allowed to watch Neighbours until she left home. Irena is surprised. Belinda’s family just watched the news and movies.

Back in the round house Patrick says he is turning 30 this year. Chrissie at the end of the year. Patrick wants a family tea with chocolate and cake. He explains his family still has parties to celebrate birthdays, and they have birthday cake traditions, like saying “ooh” when the cake comes in.

The square house is now discussing people outside the house…. well people on Neighbours. Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan. They wonder where Jason is now. Belinda has never heard of him though.

10:41pm – Round house is talking about Steve Irwin. Regina has seen him on Oprah, which is what made him big in the US. Daniel does a impression of Steve Irwin. Jo says Steve knows shit. (She means a lot – Chrissie laughs). Christie likes it when he runs away from an angry reptile with it’s frilly neck out. All the housemates giggle along.

11:48pm – Ben and Regina are working out an anti-snoring plan.

3:40am – Ben is snoring. Regina sits up and pulls on a string attached to Ben’s hand.

Day 3 Live crossover

We are joined by Gretel who is wearing too much blush on her cheeks. She’s with Patrick in the Big Brother eviction hallway, ready to send Patrick into the Big Brother house (which one though?). Upon questioning Patrick says he was very disappointed when first told he wouldn’t be going into the house, and that he has no plan to win when living in the house.

Patrick’s video profile is shown.

Gretel is then joined by Sarah Marie (from BB1), Damien (from BB2) and Carmel Hill (the BB shrink). Carmel explains that Ben was chosen to be put in on his own for a night because he is usually the one in control and in this situation he wasn’t. Jo was the next in to provide some female competition to Ben’s control-freak nature. Gretel accidentally gives away what house Patrick is going into (the round house). He is going to be the threat to Ben’s dominate position in the house.

Damien says he would rather be in the square house and feels he would get along well with Carlo, but Jo is out of his league! Sarah Marie would rather be in the round house because it would be easier to make better friends with a smaller amount of people.

We are then treated to some update footage. Ben and Jo are discussing a plan to ignore the next housemate. It then evolves into tricking the housemate into thinking that this is the “holding house”, and making them wait in the bedroom for a long period of time. In the words of Jo: “mindgames baby”.

Live: Patrick enters the house, calling out “hello?”. First reactions are “woohoo” by Ben and “Oh my god are you serious?” from Jo. They all greet, make friends.. none of that trickery that Ben and Jo were plotting earlier. Jo says she’s got a headache (isn’t that what Ben said when Jo entered the house?). In the bedroom Patrick is picking out his bed. Jo and Ben share a brief hug while Jo says “yay we got some one”.

More update footage: Ben is cleaning the house from top to bottom while Joanne spends the entire time (or so it seems) sunbathing in the yard. Back with the experts, Gretel suggests Ben is trying to impress Jo. Carmel says Ben made it clear it was his house. Also, she mentions that Patrick has a personality that will adapt to the people around him. Damien and Sarah Marie both agree that the houses are way too small.

Back in the house the three round housemates are explaining how they entered into the house. Jo and Patrick talk about the same security guard who opened the door for them.

Back to Gretel. Sarah Marie and Damien are saying the square house is very segregated, with the guys outside building sand castles while the girls are inside the bedroom gossiping about the boys, and their boyfriends outside the house. In some live footage from the house, the square housemates are waiting outside expecting a new housemate to enter. Carlo says something ___ scrotum (most of it was censored).

Gretel is now saying that the square house thinks there may be a third house, and thats where everyone else is. The round housemates think that the other house must be much larger than theirs. Gretel is now in the eviction tunnel with Regina (29), who says she has no plan and doesn’t know what to expect. Gretel says “we don’t know which house BB has planned for her to enter” this immediately gives it away that she’s going into the round house. Regina’s video profile is shown: “I’m a bit loud at times”. Carmel says Regina is the female aussie battler.

Regina enteres the house. Jo is ecstatic, probably because there is another girl in the house. They all clear up the situation as to why there are only four housemates there. Meanwhile the square house has heard the comotion next door and is still expecting another housemate to enter. Carlo says he will show off his ass to the new housemate.

Gretel wraps up the night, saying in the words of Big Brother “haha, ticked you!” (um.. no). Sarah Marie predicts that Jo will become the leader of the round house. Damien says Vincent will knaw away at the housemates, and that Ben is on a power trip. Carmell agrees with Sarah Marie and adds that Regina will probably become second in command. Gretel blurts out one of her usual metaphores, calling BB “solitaire, then twister, then Ken and Barbie (???)… but the game is Big Brother”.

Day 2

Big Brother Day 2 update starts with morning showers in the square house. Meanwhile in the round house Benjamin is cooking up a breakfast for Joanne and himself, looks like it consists of coffee and sausages.

Later in the day, the light rain prevents the square household from doing anything outside, instead they sit on the patio and talk amongst themselves. Carlo discusses his Dad’s religious near-death experience. The conversation moves onto the housemate’s living arangements outside the BB house. Claire also talks about when she told her Mother she was bisexual. She said she wanted to tell her Mum in such a way that her Mum wouldn’t think should could be changed (or along those lines).

Later Irena and Belinda talk about marriages. Irena shows her engagement ring which she doesn’t wear on her finger, but instead on a necklace.

Carlo is singing horribly the ‘Hey Babe’ song while Irena claps along. Ben hears the singing over the wall and says “Thank fuck I’m here”. Footage from Joanne’s entrance into the house is shown from last night. Ben and Jo hug and greet each other. Ben says “I’m it” which surprises Jo: “What, are you kidding me? Get out!”.

In the square house Vincent walks in on the housemates who are sitting around outside having a conversation. They all meet and exchange names, handshakes. Meanwhile Ben is showing Jo the outside showers, she says “this is crazy! What did we get ourselves into?”. Ben tells Jo about the guy next door who “won’t shutup” (obviously Carlo).

While Vincent talks with the square housemates Carlo (for some reason or another) moons the housemates. Vincent, shocked, says “I’ve been here ten minutes and I’ve seen your ass!”.

Back to the round house. Jo says she’ll sleep next to Ben. Soon she is complaining that the room is wrong, and they must have been given the crap house. Ben complains that there is no spa, and Jo suggests it’s under the big sand mound in the backyard… she suggests that they go digging tomorrow for it.

Vincent is giving cooking tips to the housemates and gets quite annoyed when Carlo and Irena call him “Vince”. Then footage of Vincent and Jaime bonding. Then shock horror! Vincent’s dried rose petals have grown mould on them. Apparently he has dry skin and needs the rose petals to make a special wash for his face. The other housemates assure him he can probably still use some of the rose petals that haven’t got mould on them. Problem solved!

Later in the night Carlo suggests they have a Jerry Springer night to keep things from getting boring. Vincent is the host and the first guest on the “show” is Irena who plays ‘Krystal’. Krystal has a confession to make: She plays the Oboe. Irena does a great job at playing an American talk show guest. Claire (Steve the bouncer) and Vincent (who is hosting the show) can’t stop laughing while Irena keeps a straight face the entire time. The next guest, Carlo comes out dressed up in womans clothing… am I seeing a trend here?

10:21pm – Ben and Jo talk more about his wife by the BBQ. He says that his wife is being very good about him being on Big Brother (much better than he would be if she was in the house). They hear the other housemates yelling and screaming, Ben complains about Carlo once again.

Back in the square house Jaime comes out as Carlo’s brother on BB Jerry Springer. Irena looses it and starts screaming and swearing, ala Jerry Springer style.

Ben and Jo discuss their secrets over dinner. Ben says he has many secrets and in his line of work, there is always going to be some one questioning him . He says that there is a matter which went to court, so he can’t reveal many details about it.

New bed time visual – a Big Brother pixel housemates gets into bed (animation).

12:35pm – Jo and Ben talk about how they are probably the old house and the others are the young house. They complain about those roudy youngsters.

Day 1

Ben enters the round house, and while wondering around, realises he’s all alone. He sits quietly and waits, at one point laughing to himself in disbelief.

An hour later the square housemates enter their house, and immediately call out to Ben who they saw at the launch show. Big Brother has left food for them, but the housemates are more interested in finding Ben. They suggest there is another room somewhere. Later, Irena realises there is no kitchen, and there are quickly theories of multiple houses. Irena thinks there is a second story. She spots a grassy knoll, and Carlo says that’s where they have burried Ben.

Back in the round house Ben lies down and swears. Time goes by Ben says “if they get voted out…”.

Irena in the square house is a tad annoyed at so few people, but they all toast to their time in the house and introduce each other. They are having a good time while Ben looks very bored all on his lonesome. Irena proposes a Georgian toast to everyone.

Big Brother annouces to Ben that the store room is now open. He goes there, and finds dinner for one. Ben can’t believe it, and laughs. Square housemates are more concerned with finding out where Ben and the other housemates are. But Ben can’t hear them – he’s eating dnner on his own, looking annoyed.

Later Irena explains she had a big problem with the amount of shoes she wanted to bring into the house. Claire brings out a harmonica and Irena a country looking hat. Belinda has a belt and jokes that if any of them are naughty they will get a spanking with the belt. Carlo says he’s been really naughty and sticks his bum out in the air. Carlo quickly finds out who is single or not. Jaime and Claire both reveal they are bisexual. Belinda says thats exciting. Carlo says his Canadian girlfriend is great and marriage material. Beinda wants to meet her, so Carlo pulls out some photos. Jaime and Carlo organise a mustache competition.

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8.44pm – Ben is called to the diary room. Inside BB welcomes him, and tells him its been an interesting start. Ben says BB has got him this time – he has no idea whats going on, and he doesn’t like not having much control over the situation. The diary room has a camera sticking out of the wall with a small sign saying “look here”. Ben doesn’t want alcohol tonight so his mind is clear.

It’s all talk over in the square house, where HMs are learning each other’s names. Belinda proposes a game. They go name and nickname and Claire starts with Claire-Bear. Carlo-Monty. Irena-Poopsie. Jaime-Chewy? Carlo cracks some gross jokes and the other HMs aren’t so impressed. BB asks for one housemate to see him, and Belinda runs to the diary room. Inside BB asks her if it’s as she expected. Belinda says it’s amazing – five people… “where are the others?”. BB asks whats going on with Ben, but Belinda is stumped.. she asks “is he on his own?”. BB can’t say. The theory in the square house is that the other housemates are in another house, because she has spotted a strange shadow on the roof.

Ben is in another house, but not with the other housemates. Ben is very picky about his bedding and fusses around with it before lying down. He reads in bed.

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10.13pm – The boys of the square house are having a chat outside. Carlo doesn’t think BB would just reject people from entering the house like that. They both think the complex is too big for just one house. Inside the girls are talking about who’s taken or not. Claire and Jaime are the only two who are single. Belinda has been in her relationship for three years. They bought a house together when she was 18. Outside Carlo says the girls in the house are nice, but they are no Tracey (his girlfriend).

Later, Belinda and Carlo kick around a ball inside. Irena is organising alcohol distribution – one glass per day.

11.01pm – Irena has the urge to go raid the fridge. She eats cake directly out of the fridge, and makes a mess.

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Belinda is talking about Europeans… she uses her hand to say European men have great penis girth. Carlo says the language helps a lot. Belinda wants Carlo to teach her some Italian. Belinda turned 20 last month and already wants kids. Randomly Jaime asks if girls hate it when guys pull on their leg hair (if they haven’t shaved). Jaime says he was only joking before about being bi. Irena says “you’re not cool anymore”.

Launch Show

Big Brother: In They Go! started on Channel 10 at 7.30. A black screen follwed by the familiar bulging Big Brother eye was follwed by black and white flashbacks from both Big Brother 1 and 2, and featured mainly footage of Big Brother housemates getting down and dirty with each other (in a clean sort of way). Viewers were then asked “are you ready for something new?”.

Cue brand new Big Brother visuals and a remixed theme, sounding more ‘trance-like’ and ‘futuristic’. The new visuals include your favourite animated pixels being followed by cameras, riding the tower of terror at dreamworld and logging onto the Big Brother website live feeds.

Out comes Gretel on a small stage by the Big Brother compound wearing a suit with a short hair style which makes her look like she just came from the last Danni Minogue video clip. Again we see the plasma screens up on the launch stage and a crowd of BB fans cheer her on as the show starts. Once again we are treated to Gretel’s metaphores, such as the housemates will be “shining like the sun”, a guy in the audience yells something out at Gretel. Gretel introduces the show in her normal fashion.

Cut to audition tape footage of housemate potentials saying what they love. Quite a lot of footage of Steve Irwin impersonators.

We then switch to Tim Ferguson who is standing among the audience, asking them about the rumours they have heard so far. One girl says she’s heard that Kylie Minogue will be going into the house.

Back to Gretel – she states she’s been told nothing about the new season of Big Brother (and as we soon learn, that is not the case at all). She says she snuck into the house with Tim Ferguson to see what the fuss was all about. Cue pre-recorded footage, a very short tour of the new house.

It is completely enclosed around bright blue walls with a boxed garden which looks like something you would find in a shopping mall. It seems like an outside courtyard. Crazy retro furniture fills the house (which is much smaller than usual). We learn that this is the circle house because all the inside designs have circles on them. The diary room has been transported through time from the 70s. The bedroom is very small and there are only 5 or 6 beds, the room itself is elevated above the living area. Camera portholes everywhere! It reminded me of European Big Brother series I have seen in the past, where the living area has been quite cramped.

Turns out there is no real kitchen and showers must be taken outside. Tim moons the camera but Gretel covers it up with some water. It begins to rain.

The first lot of housemates pull up in a convertable… Tamara (24) who loves to travel and Benjamin (28) who is a former undercover police officer. Gretel talks to them for a few moment when suddenly Big Brother’s voice orders Tamara back into the car! Initially everyone is a bit shocked but the show continues… Benjamin enters the house while fireworks go off.

Cue profile footage on Benjamin. He has a serious girlfriend, he is lazy, a manipulator. “You will love him or he will be a national disgrace”.

Benjamin wonders around in the house looking quite shocked and confused. Back to Gretel who tells us she will be right back.

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7.15pm – Back to Gretel. Next car pulls up. Regina, a married fish and chips shop worker (29) and Saxon, a surfer uni student. Both housemates are told to get back in the car and are driven away!

Switch to Benjamin walking around and inspecting the Big Brother house… he nods along while the audience laughs. Next car pulls up: Belinda (20) a hair dresser and Daniel (27). Daniel is told to get back in the car. Belinda stands up top the stage… a plasma screen above her switches to her name. It is obvious these people are being sent off to the second house.

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7.30pm – Tim Ferguson in the camera run watching Ben as he just sits there. Next two housemates pull up. Clair (25) and Joanne. Joanne is ordered to go while Clair stand on the stage. Clair’s profile is shown.

Next housemate: Vincent a structural engineer. Gretel scares him with talk of some housemates being rejected, and conveniently just at that moment Vincent is rejected. Gretel ‘argues’ with Big Brother. The crowd is not happy and some one swears, which is bleeped out.

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7.40pm We return to images of Benjamin in the house. Gretel misnames the show saying it’s something like “they go inside”. Some one yells out “you got it wrong Gretel”. Ben is called into the diary room and asked when he expects more people to be coming, he says tonight, Big Brother lets him go. Tim Ferguson adds that for a former police detective, he doesn’t have a clue.

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Zoom into Dreamworld. Benjamin is lying on a couch. Gretel states she doesn’t know what’s going on. Next housemates: Irena (29 – Gretel gets her age wrong) and Lea (18). Lea gets kicked out and the crowd boos with dissaproval. Irena’s profile: she’s loud, an exhibitionist, has a boyfriend.

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7.56pm – Rain is pissing down. Gretel drops her umbrella. Partick (29) and Carlo (21). Patrick gets sent away. Gretel says “luckily we’re wearing water proof makeup”. Carlo’s profile shown. Gretel says there is only one car left.

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8.05pm – Two more cars come. Chrissy (29). Gets sent away. Gretel ‘argues’ with Big Brother about it and doesn’t do a very convincing job. Big Brother says his decision is final. The crowd chants “stay stay stay”.

Jamie, a cleaner in a alternative band. Gretel makes him try and list the reasons why he should be let into the house. Big Brother says he doesn’t need to and lets him stand on the stage. Jamie’s profile is shown. He says he’s going to “go hard real fast”. Benjamin is still lying on the couch.

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8.14pm – Gretel collects the housemates to take them into the house. She asks Carlo for an umbrella, but calls him Jamie in the process. Housemates are let into the house. A few photo snaps are taken and Gretel leads them down the road past the audience members onto a dark path. Carlo won’t stop swearing. He says it’s “really ‘wet’ if you know what I mean”. The housemates are kept in the camera run area while an ad break happens

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8.24pm – The housemates are let in. Gretel is at the doors to the house but is cut off by a censor beep as Carlo swears again. The housemates are shocked at the new surroundings and call out for Benjamin but he is no where to be found. The insides of this house are square designed. Housemates inspect everything and start to sit down and talk. The beer supply is found. Meanwhile Ben is in the other house all alone. Carlo won’t stop swearing and being the centre of attention. The housemates are all served dinner. The store room in the Circle house is opened and inside Ben finds dinner for one. Poor Ben: “Oh dear”.

Back to Gretel, she tells us there will be another surprise every day this week. Tomorrow BB1,2 runners up Blair and Marty will be making an appearance. Gretel reads out the website address emphasising the “optus” part. She says “yes I got it right”. Credits role as housemates get to know each other. Ben picks his dinner (and his nose).