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Big Brother 1 (UK)
Big Brother UK 2000
Country United Kingdom
Series 1
Series Run July 14, 2000 – September 15, 2000
Host Davina McCall
Prize Money £70,000
Days 64
Winner Craig Phillips
Runner(s)-up Anna Nolan
Returnees Melanie Hill (Panto)
Nick Bateman (Panto, Ultimate)
Cast
Opening Sequence
Big Brother 1 UK Title Sequence00:15

Big Brother 1 UK Title Sequence

Series Chronology
Next Series Big Brother 2 (UK)

Big Brother 1 (UK) (also known as Big Brother 2000) is the very first series of Big Brother (UK). The original ten housemates entered on July 14, 2000, just 9 days after the American version began, and 64 long days later, Craig Phillips emerged victorious over runner-up Anna Nolan.

This series set the trend for the rest of the Big Brother (UK) franchise: Each week housemates would nominate two of their fellow housemates for eviction. After all of the nominations were concluded and the nominees were decided the public would vote on which housemate they would like to leave the house as the format has varied to and from over the years. Each week the housemates would compete in tasks set by Big Brother in order to win rewards for the house such as alcohol or their weekly shopping budget.

Over the years after series one, Nick Bateman and Melanie Hill returned for the spin-off Big Brother Panto over the 2004 holiday season. Winner Craig, later returned in Big Brother 10 to participate in a task. The next year, Nick returned to compete in Ultimate Big Brother with Anna, Darren, Caroline and Craig participating in tasks.

Twists

  • Additional Housemates: As a result of Nick's expulsion, on Day 37 an additional housemate (Claire) entered the house.

Housemates

Craig 2000
 Winner 
 
Craig
Anna 2000
 Runner-Up 
 
Anna
Darren 2000
 Finalist 
 
Darren
Melanie 2000
 Evicted 
 
Melanie
Claire 2000
 Evicted 
 
Claire
Tom 2000
 Evicted 
 
Tom
Nichola 2000
 Evicted 
 
Nichola
Nick 2000
 Ejected 
 
Nick
Caroline 2000
 Evicted 
 
Caroline
Andrew 2000
 Evicted 
 
Andrew
Sada 2000
 Evicted 
 
Sada

Tasks

Week Days Lasted Task Description Percent
Gambled
Reward Result
Week 1 Days 2-7 The housemates had to make a clay pot and mug each, of which only three were allowed to crack after being fired. 20.0% Shopping Budget No!
Week 2 Days 9-13 The housemates were provided with 10 questions about one another, and each housemate would have to answer the question later in the week. They must memorize their housemates' answers, as they will be answering them later in the week. If the housemates as a group miss more than one question, their shopping budget will be decreased. 40.0% Shopping Budget Yes!
Week 3 Days 16-19 The housemates were given an exercise bike, and had to travel from Land's End to John O'Groats on the bike, in a total of three days. They had to pass all of their hometowns in this amount of time. This means they had to travel a total of 1,800 km. 50.0% Shopping Budget Yes!
Day 19 The housemates were required to write and perform a play, and all nine housemates were required to participate. Film Yes!
Week 4 Days 23-27 The eight remaining housemates were required to learn the Semaphore signalling system, and were separated into four pairs. They had four days to learn how to communicate and transcribe a message in Semaphore with their partner, and they were not allowed to make mistakes. Each pair were given a message to communicate to one another. The randomly selected pairs were Caroline and Craig, Nichola and Nicholas, Thomas and Melanie, and Anna and Darren. 35.0% Shopping Budget No!
Day 26 Each housemate was required to perform a good deed. Weekly Shopping Yes!
Week 5 Days 30-34 The housemates found an assault course set up in the backyard. They had to practice the course throughout the week, and complete it in an 8 minute time limit at a later date. 50.0% Shopping Budget Yes!
Day 31 The housemates had to write poems about one another, and then guess who wrote which poem as well as whom they wrote about.
Day 34 The housemates were given the task of writing a song, with lyrics, and would perform it in 24 hours.
Week 6 Days 37-41 The five original housemates, plus new arrival Claire, would have one minute after hearing an alarm to go outside and find a face of one of the ten original housemates, or Claire. At a later date, they would have to tell Big Brother the sequence in which the faces popped up. In total, there would be 100 faces pop up throughout the next few days. 50.0% Shopping Budget Yes!
Day 41 The housemates were given a mini-task of making outfits for their fellow housemates.
Week 7 Days 44-48 The housemates had to make a life-sized sculpture of themselves, made of wiring. A housemates sculpture is required to stand on its own, without assistance, for one consecutive minute. If it does not meet the requirements, the housemates fail the task. They had to present the sculptures at a later date. 50.0% Shopping Budget No!
Day 44 The housemates were given three different samples of wine. If they could figure out which one was the most expensive, they would be given five bottles of the wine. 5 Bottle of Wine Yes!
Week 8 Days 51-55 The housemates were required to learn and perform various circus skills, which included juggling, tightrope, walking, and learning how to ride a unicycle. All of the housemates were required to participate, and would perform the three activities at a later date in the House. 20.0% Shopping Budget No!
Day 55 The housemates were set a task in which they had to impersonate one of their fellow housemates. This includes dressing, speaking and acting like the selected housemate. Each housemate randomly drew names to decide which housemate they were to imitate.
The housemates were set a task in which they had to create a 4 page newspaper and fill it with events they believe had happened outside of the House. Takeaway Meal Yes!
Week 9 Days 59-62 The housemates were given a three part task for the week. The task would have one winner, who would win a party with the theme of their choice. The tasks first step involved learning about the highway code, while the second tested the housemates' physical ability. The last part of the task required housemates to take care of an artificial baby for an amount of time in the House. Party of Their Choice Yes!
Anna

Nomination History

Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9
Round 1 Round 2 Final
Craig Caroline
Sada
Caroline
Nichola
Caroline
Nichola
Nichola
Darren
Darren
Anna
Darren,
Anna
Darren
Anna
Darren
Melani
Winner
Anna Andrew
Darren
Andrew
Thomas
Craig
Thomas
Craig
Thomas
Craig
Thomas
Claire
Craig
Claire
Craig
Craig
Darren
Runner-Up
Darren Sada
Caroline
Andrew
Melanie
Craig
Thomas
Craig
Thomas
Thomas
Melanie
Melanie
Craig
Claire
Craig
Melani
Anna
Third Place
Melanie Sada
Craig
Craig
Caroline
Caroline
Nichola
Nichola
Darren
Craig
Darren
Claire
Craig
Craig
Claire
Craig
Darren
Claire Not In
House
Exempt Darren,
Melanie
Melanie,
Darren
Thomas Caroline
Sada
Darren
Caroline
Darren
Caroline
Anna
Nichola
Anna
Darren
Nichola Andrew
Thomas
Andrew
Craig
Melanie
Thomas
Craig,
Thomas
Nick Sada
Caroline
Caroline
Craig
Nichola
Caroline
Craig
Nichola
Caroline Darren
Andrew
Thomas
Andrew
Thomas
Melanie
Andrew Sada
Caroline
Caroline
Nichola
Sada Darren
Andrew

Note: During the first round of nominations Week 7, the housemates overheard Darren making his nominations in the Diary Room. To avoid affecting the outcome of the game, Big Brother voided this round of nominations and had everyone nominated again. During this Darren changed his nominations, resulting in Craig and Claire being nominated. Had Big Brother gone with the original nominations, Darren and Melanie would have also been nominated.

Game History

Retrieved from Channel 4[1]

Week 1

Mel was the talk of the House after flirting with Andrew, Darren and shy farmer Tom in the space of three days. City man Nick amazed the housemates with several outlandish tales including once working as a male escort. Andrew admitted using prostitutes in Amsterdam, while Bolton lass Nichola shocked the girls by telling them she'd been sacrificed in a previous life. There was plenty of touchy-feely behaviour with a host of pedicures, massages, body building and yoga sessions. Nichola also instigated a stripping session as some of the housemates made body prints on the wall. Nick and Andrew secretly arranged voting for Sada and Caroline in the first nominations. Nick claimed: "Tom thinks the same". Darren and Craig were not immune to such Machiavellian manoeuvres.

Week 2

Caroline 2000
 Nominee
 45% to Evict
 
 
Caroline
Sada 2000
 Evicted
 55% to Evict
 
 
Sada

The group received their second weekly task - a memory quiz. Former nun Anna - who started the show as a non-smoker - soon took up the habit with smoker Nick. Andrew celebrated his 24th birthday as the housemates decided to strip him naked on the stroke of midnight. The next night all 10 enjoyed a boozy celebration with the highlights including a near snog from Sada and Nichola and the girls dressing the boys in drag. Sada and Caroline became the first two housemates put up for eviction. Sada promised she would leave even if the public vote saved her. Speaking in the Diary Room, she stated: "I'm not going to get the money because A, I'm a woman and B, I'm a threat to people here."
Sada became the first housemate voted out.

Week 3

Caroline 2000
 Nominee
 32% to Evict
 
 
Caroline
Andrew 2000
 Evicted
 68% to Evict
 
 
Andrew

Andrew and Mel's flirting began to annoy Anna and Caroline. "It's either Mel or Andrew... there's no room for anybody else," whispered Caroline. Anna agreed. "They're not very engaging," she said. Andrew informed Mel he had a quiet word with Nick a few days ago about his covert tactics to disrupt group dynamics. Caroline and Andrew are nominated - Andrew says he would "lose faith in the British nation" if he was voted out. It's not all bad for Andrew though after he shared a snog with Mel. In turn, Caroline confronted Craig about his lazy attitude during a House meeting, but is pretty much alone in her diatribe. Anna also got stabbed in the back while she slept. Nick stated: "She hasn't put a foot wrong but I think she's dangerous because she's calculating."
Andrew became the second housemate voted out.

Week 4

Tom 2000
 Nominee
 38% to Evict
 
 
Tom
Caroline 2000
 Evicted
 62% to Evict
 
 
Caroline

With former beau Andrew departed, Mel soon turned her attention to Tom. Nick's nomination 'manipulation' continued with Tom and Craig, and he soon got Mel in on the act. Pointing at Mel and Tom he stated: "If you, you, me and Craig voted for Anna it wouldn't matter." Nick was referring to the split in the House, with Caroline, Anna and Nichola on the other side. Nick revealed a secret stash of cigarettes to ally Tom, while Big Brother warned the housemates that tactical voting will not be tolerated - Tom and Caroline were named as the two to face the public vote. Nick told Mel and Tom he lied about his secret wife dying in Australia, while Nichola threatened to leave if Caroline was evicted. Hunky Darren admitted: "I understand women a lot better now," before breaking into a bout of fake tears.
Caroline became the third housemate voted out.

Week 5

Craig 2000
 Nominee
 28% to Evict
 
 
Craig
Nichola 2000
 Evicted
 72% to Evict
 
 
Nichola
Nick 2000
 Ejected 
 
Nick

Nick was sensationally asked to leave the House by Big Brother. After weeks of rule breaking - including talking about nominations - Nick's double-dealing finally came to light during a discussion in the early hours of this morning between the housemates. Both Darren and Craig claimed Nick had shown them notes, although even having a pencil was against the BB rules. They subsequently searched Nick's belongings to discover the notes with which Nick had been attempting to sway his companions voting intentions. And then came the house meeting! There's a number of people sitting around this table who have come to me," Craig calmly stated, "and basically said that you have shown them a piece of paper with various names on it on a number of occasions." Sure that his name was on one of the scraps of paper Craig asked, "Will you go and get the pieces of paper?" "No I'll not do that," Nick insisted with a shrug. "I'll pack my suitcase, simple as that." Darren finally said, "I'm going to get the names now." He walked to the boys' bedroom and returned with Nick's suitcase. Darren found three pieces of paper, each had two names written on them. They were: Caroline and Mel, Caroline and Nicky, and Craig and Nicky. The housemates expressed their anger and bemusement, Nick broke down in the bedroom and was asked to leave by Big Brother. Nichola and Craig were up for eviction.
Nichola became the fourth housemate voted out.

Week 6

Claire 2000
 Entered 
 Exempt
 
 
Claire
Craig 2000
 Nominee
 19% to Evict
 
 
Craig
Anna 2000
 Nominee
 22% to Evict
 
 
Anna
Darren 2000
 Nominee
 29% to Evict
 
 
Darren
Tom 2000
 Evicted
 30% to Evict
 
 
Tom

Nick's departure led to a new housemate entering the proceedings - 25-year-old Claire. A hot tub was installed in the garden and Scouser Craig immediately asked for a steamy round or two beneath the sheets with the Bucks Beauty. The newcomer revealed she'd had a boob job. "Get them out, then. You can't have spent that much money and not show everyone," was Craig's reaction. Only Mel and Claire (who had a week's grace) escaped nominations - Anna, Craig, Darren and Tom were all up for eviction. Craig and Tom suggested killing a chicken for food. "Certainly not, Craig!" snapped Big Brother.
Tom became the fifth housemate voted out.

Week 7

Craig 2000
 Nominee
 21% to Evict
 
 
Craig
Claire 2000
 Evicted
 79% to Evict
 
 
Claire

The potential romance between Claire and Craig was ruined by their nominations. The hot-tub was put to good use with a heated kissing game. The rules were simple. One participant dived under water. While holding their breath one of the remaining four slid beneath the surface and kissed them. "I can't believe I kissed Darren," Craig said in embarrassment the next morning.
Claire became the sixth housemate voted out.

Week 8

Craig 2000
 Nominee
 13% to Evict
 
 
Craig
Darren 2000
 Nominee
 18% to Evict
 
 
Darren
Melanie 2000
 Evicted
 69% to Evict
 
 
Melanie

Mel informed Anna she'd dreamt about being involved in a choreographed orgy. The pair then discussed writing a novel - Mel predicted it would take her four months. The weekly task involved learning circus acts. While practicing the unicycle, saddle-sore Mel moaned to Anna: "This seat is too uncomfortable." Mel was nominated for the first time alongside Darren and Craig. Father-of-three Darren became closer to his favourite part of the House - the chickens. In particular, the one the gang named 'Marjorie'. "I love birds...I used to wash my budgie once a week in washing-up liquid," Darren admitted to Craig.
Mel became the final housemate voted out.

Week 9

Craig 2000
 Winner
 46% to Win
 
 
Craig
Anna 2000
 Runner-Up
 41% to Win
 
 
Anna
Darren 2000
 Finalist
 13% to Win
 
 
Darren

As part of a triple-task, Big Brother gives the final three a placebo baby (complete with microchip to make it cry like a real child) to look after. Darren named her 'Juanita'. Craig found it particularly stressful looking after Juanita, but finally got to grips with the procedure. "She's just had winding, rocking, the nappy change, she was fed in there. Shall I just leave her out here to sleep?" he asked the expert, Darren. The housemates talked about finally leaving the House. "My kids won't recognise me!" joked Darren. Anna won the weekly task, and decided on a Spanish-themed party. "Don't forget that I want a donkey filled with sweets," she instructed. On the final day, the tension was palpable and Darren admitted: "Tonight will be the biggest thing that I have ever done."
Craig won Big Brother with 46% of the votes
Anna came second with 41% of the votes.
Darren came third with 13% of the votes.

Trivia

  • The "eye" for this season is actually a contestant's eye. It was Melanie Hill.
  • Darren Ramsay was the only housemate from this series to have a child.
  • Nick Bateman was the only contestant not to receive a single eviction nomination from any of his fellow housemates.
  • This was the first season in Big Brother history across the globe to have a housemate be ejected from the house rather than evicted.

References

United Kingdom Seasons
Civilian 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · Teen · 5 · Panto · 6 · 7 · 8 · 9 · 10 · 11 · Ultimate · 12 · 13 · 14 · 15 · 16 · 17 · 18 · 19
Celebrity 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · Hijack · 6 · 7 · 8 · 9 · 10 · 11 · 12 · 13 · 14 · 15 · 16 · 17 · 18 · 19 · 20 · 21 · 22
Big Brother Seasons
Americas
United States English 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7 · 8 · 9 · 10 · 11 · 12 · 13 · 14 · 15 · 16 · 17 · 18 · OTT · 19 · CBB · 20
Spanish 1
Argentina Civilian 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7 · 8 · 9 · 10
Celebrity 1 · 2
Brazil 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7 · 8 · 9 · 10 · 11 · 12 · 13 · 14 · 15 · 16 · 17 · 18
Canada English 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5
French 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · BB
Colombia 1 · 2
Ecuador 1
Mexico Civilian 1 · 2 · 3 · 4
Celebrity 1 · 2 · 3.1 · 3.2 · 4
Pacific Region 1
Panama 1
Peru 1
Africa
Africa 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7 · 8 · 9
Angola 1 · 2 · 3
Nigeria 1 · 2
South Africa Civilian 1 · 2 · 3 · 4
Celebrity 1
Asia-Pacific
Arab World Cancelled
Australia Civilian 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7 · 8 · 9 · 10 · 11
Celebrity 1
China Pilot · 1
India Hindi 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7 · 8 · HB · 9 · 10
Bengali 1 · 2
Kannada 1 · 2 · 3 · 4
Indonesia 1
Israel Civilian 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7 · 8
Celebrity 1 · 2
Philippines Civilian 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 8
Combined 5 · 6 · 7
Celebrity 1 · 2
Teen 1 · 2 · 3 · 4
Russia 1
Thailand 1 · 2
Turkey 1 · 2
Vietnam 1
Europe
Albania 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7 · 8 · 9
Balkans Civilian GP · 1 · Cancelled · 3 · 4 · 5
Celebrity 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5
Belgium Civilian 1 · 2 · 3 · All-Stars · 4 · 5
Celebrity 1 · 2
Bulgaria Civilian 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5
Celebrity 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7 · 8
All-Stars 1 · 2 · 3 · 4
Family 1
Croatia Civilian 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6
Celebrity 1
Czech Republic 1
Denmark Civilian 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6
Celebrity 1
Reality AS 1
Finland Civilian 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7 · 8 · 9
Celebrity 1
France Loft 1 · 2
Secret 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7 · 8 · 9 · 10 · 11
Germany Civilian 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7 · 8 · 9 · 10 · 11 · 12
Celebrity 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5
Greece 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5
Hungry Civilian 1 · 2
Celebrity 1 · 2 · 3
Való Világ 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7 · 8 · 9
Italy Civilian 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7 · 8 · 9 · 10 · 11 · 12 · 13 · 14 · 15
Celebrity 1
Lithuania 1
Netherlands Civilian 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · SS
Celebrity 1 · H
Norway 1 · TIH · 2 · 3 · 4
Poland Civilian (BB) 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5.1 · 5.2
Ty Wybierasz 1 · 2
Portugal Civilian (BB) 1 · 2 · 3 · 4
Celebrity (BB) 1 · 2 · 3
Civilian (SS) 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6
All-Stars (SS) 1 · 2 · 3 · LPP · 4
Romania 1 · 2
Scandinavia 1 · 2 · 3
Second Life 1
Slovakia 1
Slovenia Civilian 1 · 2 · 3 · 4
Celebrity 1
Spain Civilian 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7 · 8 · 9 · 10 · 11 · 12 · 13 · 14 · 15 · 16 · 17
Celebrity 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5
All-Star 1 · 2 · 3
Sweden Civilian 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7
Celebrity 1
Switzerland 1 · 2
Ukraine 1
United Kingdom Civilian 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · Teen · 5 · Panto · 6 · 7 · 8 · 9 · 10 · 11 · Ultimate · 12 · 13 · 14 · 15 · 16 · 17 · 18
Celebrity 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · Hijack · 6 · 7 · 8 · 9 · 10 · 11 · 12 · 13 · 14 · 15 · 16 · 17 · 18 · 19 · 20

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