Celebrity Big Brother (UK series 5)

Celebrity Big Brother 2001 (UK)

Celebrity Big Brother 2001 was the first series of Celebrity Big Brother UK. In aid of Comic Relief six celebrities entered the Big Brother 1 house for eight days, from 9 March to 16 March 2001. As Comic Relief is shown by the BBC, this was a rare collaboration between two rival television networks. While Channel 4 aired daily highlight shows, BBC One also aired 10-minute updates, as well as the final, which was part of the Red Nose Day telethon.

Housemates

Anthea Turner

Anthea Turner is an English television personality. She is famous for presenting Blue Peter, GMTV and travel show Wish You Were Here...?. In the House, she did most of the cooking and cleaning, until she was evicted on Day 6.

Chris Eubank

Chris Eubank is a boxer. He speaks with a lisp and in upper-class tones, dresses as a stereotypically upper-class Englishman and carries a cane. He was evicted after 24 hours in the House on Day 2.

Claire Sweeney

Claire Sweeney is an actress, singer and television personality, most famous for playing Lindsey Corkhill in soap opera Brookside. In the house, she became good friends with Anthea Turner, and they have remained close friends since appearing in the series. She left in second place on Day 8.

Jack Dee

Jack Dee is an English comedian. During evictions, he dressed up in a tweed jacket and cap and held his packed suitcase, hoping to be voted out. He escaped from the House for several hours during Day 2, but returned soon after. During the eviction of Anthea, he ran out of the House to see his wife. Also, on Day 7, he loosened a panel on the toilet roof using a screwdriver provided by Big Brother, which Big Brother thought was to fix his sunglasses. He left the House as the winner on Day 8.

Keith Duffy

Keith Duffy is an Irish singer, famous for being part of the band Boyzone. He left the house on Day 8, in third place.

Vanessa Feltz

Vanessa Feltz is a journalist and broadcaster. She showed signs of stress in the House, one time scrawling on the dining table with chalk provided for a task, and screaming obscenities when Big Brother called her to the Diary Room. She was evicted from the House on Day 4.

Summary

Day 1 Entrances Anthea, Chris, Claire, Jack, Keith and Vanessa entered the house.
Day 2 Tasks The first task was for the housemates to customize a pair of pants for one of their fellow housemates. Later, the housemates performed a fashion show with their creations. Big Brother decided that they passed this task and, as a reward, Big Brother played Westlife's Comic Relief song into the house.
Exits Chris was evicted from the House.
Day 3 Tasks The task on Day 3 had housemates memorize 10 facts about each other. Housemates were each asked 3 questions at random later in the day. Housemates passed this task, and gained £18 worth more shopping.
Day 4 Tasks The task was for the celebrity housemates to make a topiary model. Housemates passed this task, and won a film to watch.
Exits Vanessa was evicted from the House.
Day 5 Tasks Day 5's task was for housemates to write and perform an original song about their time in the house. Housemates passed and won a takeaway dinner.
Day 6 Tasks This task involved housemates taking part in an assault course. Housemates completed the task in 3 minutes and 5 seconds, thus passing the task.
Exits Anthea was evicted from the Big Brother House.
Day 7 Tasks The housemate's task on Day 7 was for each of them to take care of baby simulators called "Juanita" to test their parenting skills. Housemates passed and won a Wild West themed party.
Day 8 Tasks The final task was for housemates to paint their favourite view of the house. Housemates presented these later in the day.
Exits Keith left the House in third place, Claire in second and Jack left as the winner of Celebrity Big Brother 2001.

Nominations table

Day 1 Day 2 Day 4 Final
Day 8
Jack Anthea,
Chris
Vanessa,
Anthea
Anthea,
Keith
Winner
Claire Anthea,
Chris
Vanessa,
Jack
Jack,
Keith
Runner-Up
Keith Chris,
Jack
Jack,
Vanessa
Anthea,
Claire
3rd place
Anthea Chris,
Keith
Keith,
Jack
Jack,
Keith
Evicted
(Day 6)
Vanessa Chris,
Jack
Keith,
Jack
Evicted
(Day 4)
Chris Claire,
Anthea
Evicted
(Day 2)
Against Public Vote Anthea,
Chris
Jack,
Vanessa
Anthea,
Jack,
Keith
Claire,
Jack,
Keith
Evicted Chris Vanessa Anthea Keith
Claire
Jack

Nomination totals

Name Jack Claire Chris Anthea Keith Vanessa
No. of
Nominations
8 2 5 6 6 3

Notes

  • The series is remembered for comedian Jack Dee's escape from the house - he evaded security for an hour before returning ("I got all the way to Stratford") - and Vanessa Feltz angrily scrawling words on the dining table, apparently feeling the pressure of constant surveillance. After being called to the diary room by Big Brother, she simply responded: "No, fuck off!"
  • It was reported in tabloid paper The Sun, that Anthea Turner cooked Magic Mushrooms in the kitchen, but that is denied by her.

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