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 Big Brother 4
Big Brother 4
Series Information
Presenter: Davina McCall
Broadcaster: Channel 4
Series
Run:
23 May, 2003 – 25 July, 2003
No. of Days: 64
No. of Housemates: 13
Winner: Cameron Stout
Series Chronology
Previous: Big Brother 3
Next: Big Brother 5

Big Brother 4 in 2003 was the fourth series of Big Brother in the UK, a reality show shown on Channel 4 in which a number of contestants live in an isolated house trying to avoid being evicted by the public with the aim of winning a large cash prize at the end of the run. The series ran from Friday 23 May to Friday 25 July 2003.

The reaction to this series was poor, the press and viewers finding the housemates boring. Big Brother turned "evil" and selected more extreme housemates the next year.

Pre-Series

Auditions

Potential housemates applied by sending producers a home video that stated why they should be housemates. Successful candidates were invited to further rounds of auditions. This was the last year to feature this audition format as from Big Brother 5, open auditions were used to select housemates.

Big Brother 4 had more than 10,000 applicants apply to be a housemate.

Presenters

Davina McCall continued to host the main show and Dermot O'Leary continued to host the spin-off show, Big Brother's Little Brother. Marcus Bentley continued to narrate the show.

Promotion

Bb4 advert (white horse)

Hill figure of the series' eye logo which caused controversy

This series was promoted as being a 'Back to Basics' edition; following the twists to the format introduced within the past series.

Promotion controversy

To promote the series, a large 300 ft hill figure of the eye logo was painted on the top of White Horse Hill, Oxfordshire, right above the famous Uffington White Horse, believed to be around 3,000 years old. Although permission for the figure's construction was agreed to by The National Trust, the figure angered local residents. It was washed off only a few days after completion.

Broadcasts

The series premiered on 23 May 2003, on Channel 4. The contestants were recorded 24 hours a day with cameras fixed around the House, and the wearing of portable microphones mandatory. Big Brother 4 was the second regular series to feature a live launch. The series ended on 25 July 2003, lasting for a total of 64 days. Channel 4 broadcast a sixty-minute highlights show nightly, with each Friday episode being a live episode that saw one of the housemates evicted from the House. Live coverage from the House also remained a huge part of E4's daily and nightly schedule. A new show named Big Brother's Nominations Uncut was broadcast on E4 every Tuesday, in which it would show housemates nominations in full, rather than edited clips as seen in the main show. During Cameron's visit to Africa, E4 showed highlights of his stay straight after the main Channel 4 show.

The shape of the eye remained the same as the previous year, but a different art design was used. The eye was multi-coloured with black and white stripes beaming from the pupil of the eye.

House

The Big Brother house has been located at Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire since the third series of the show. The House featured a completely new look compared to the previous series. The living room for this series was one-third smaller than the one featured in the previous series, and features red and green couches and chairs. The kitchen remained simple in design, with only necessities such as an oven, fridge, and sink included. The dining table was located beside the kitchen and was coloured yellow and white. The Diary Room featured a soft pink coloured background and contained a large blue chair. Like previous editions of the series, there were two bedrooms in this series, with the two being located beside one another for the first time. Big Brother 4 saw the return of the chicken coop in the garden, a feature used in the first two series'. The chickens were used as a source of food (eggs), thus the housemates were not required to buy eggs as a part of their weekly shopping list. The house garden also included a large seating area and a vegetable patch which the housemates could use to grow plants and vegetables to eat. This series introduced the Rewards Room, where the winning housemates of the weekly live task were invited and were often thrown a party.

Format Changes

Big Brother 4 featured an opening night twist, alike the previous two series'. Housemates had to nominate one housemate for eviction on the first night, and any housemates who received even one nomination were automatically up against the public vote.

Later in the series, housemate, Cameron Stout, accepted a challenge from Big Brother and discovered it meant spending a week in the Big Brother Africa House. Housemate Gaetano spent time in the Big Brother 4 house while Cameron was in Africa.

Big Brother 4 was the first series to feature a double eviction, with two out of the three nominated housemtes being evicted on Day 29. On Day 37, an intruder, Lisa, entered the series. This series was also the first to allow previously evicted housemates to return, with ex-housemate Jon entering the House for a second time on Day 50. He remained in the house until the finale, but was ineligible to win the grand prize.

Housemates

Twelve housemates entered the House on Day 1. On Day 37, Lisa entered the House as an "intruder".

Housemate Entered House/Left House
Anouska Golebiewski

Anouska Golebiewski

Nursery Assistant

20, Manchester, Greater Manchester

Day 1

1st Person Evicted

Day 8

Justine Sellman

Justine Sellman

Sales Assistant

27, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Day 1

2nd Person Evicted

Day 15

Sissy Rooney

Sissy Rooney

Fashion Designer

26, Toxteth, Liverpool

Day 1

3rd Person Evicted

Day 22

Federico Martone

Federico Martone

Waiter

23, Glasgow

Day 1

4th Person Evicted

Day 29

Jon Tickle

Jon Tickle

Data Strategy Manager

29, Staines-upon-Thames, Spelthorne

Day 1

5th Person Evicted

Day 29

Day 50

Guest

Day 64

Tânia do Nascimento

Tania do Nascimento

Shop Assistant

22, London

Day 1

6th Person Evicted

Day 36

Gos Gosal

Herjendar "Gos" Gosal

Chef

31, Southall, London

Day 1

7th Person Evicted

Day 44

Lisa Jeynes

Lisa Jeynes

Shop Manager

35, South Wales

Day 29

8th Person Evicted

Day 50

Nush Nowak

Nush Nowak

Sales Assistant

23, Malvern, Worcestershire

Day 1

9th Person Evicted

Day 57

Steph Coldicott

Steph Coldicott

Visual Merchandiser

27, Redditch, Worcestershire

Day 1

Fourth Place

Day 64

Scott Turner

Scott Turner

Marketing Manager

27, Liverpool, Merseyside

Day 1

Third Place

Day 64

Ray Shah

Ray Shah

IT Systems Administrator

25, Dublin

Day 1

Runner-Up

Day 64

Cameron Stout

Cameron Stout

Fish Trader

32, Stromness, Orkney Isles

Day 1

Winner

Day 64

Tasks

Week Days Lasted Task Gambled Reward Result
Week 1 Day 3 – Day 6 The housemates had to power a pedalo non-stop for 72 hours. 50.0% Shopping Budget Failed
Week 2 Day 9 The housemates took part in teams in a game of tug-of-war; Gos, Jon, Justine, Scott and Steph were all on the green team, Cameron, Federico, Nush, Ray and Tania were all on the yellow team, and Sissy was the umpire. Reward Room Access Gos,
Jon,
Justine,
Scott,
Steph
Day 10 – Day 13 The housemates were given a chance to become honorary members of the "Cub Scouts". 65.0% Shopping Budget Failed
Week 3 Day 16 The housemates took part in a game of pass-the-parcel. Reward Room Access Cameron,
Federico,
Gos,
Jon,
Nush,
Scott,
Tânia
Day 17 – Day 20 The housemates had to memorise and perform a musical tune on a set of handbells. 65.0% Shopping Budget Failed
Day 20 The housemates had to name the tune that they had been performing as part of their shopping task. Chinese Takeaway Passed
Week 4 Day 23 The housemates took part in a game of charades. Reward Room Access Cameron,
Federico,
Jon,
Nush,
Ray,
Steph,
Tânia
Day 24 – Day 27 The housemates had to create superhero alter egos and perform tasks within their chosen alter ego. 85.0% Shopping Budget Passed
Week 5 Day 30 The housemates took part in a geography quiz. Reward Room Access Cameron
Day 33 – Day 34 The housemates had to memorise facts about each other. 95.0% Shopping Budget Passed
Week 6 Day 38 – Day 41 The housemates had to take part in a gymkhana. 100.0% Shopping Budget Passed
Week 7 Day 45 The housemates chose a robot animal to represent them in a race. Head of House Ray
Reward Room Access Lisa,
Nush,
Ray,
Scott,
Steph
Day 48 Ray had to gamble money from the shopping budget on the spin of a roulette wheel. Red - £20,
Black - £1,
#21 - £10,
#29 - £10,
#16 - £10
Shopping Budget £2
Week 8 Day 51 The housemates took part in a game of bingo. Reward Room Access Ray
Day 52 Scott
Day 54 – Day 55 The housemates had to write and perform six songs based on their eperiences in the House. Luxury Shopping Budget Passed
Week 9 Day 58 The housemates had five minutes to find five needle in a hay stack that had been placed in the garden. Reward Room Access 2 Nights
Day 59 – Day 60 The housemates were given various topics which they had to discuss with Big Brother for a minimum of ten minutes. Themed Party Failed

Nominations table

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Final
Week 9
Cameron Anouska Jon,
Tania
Jon,
Federico
Jon,
Federico
Tania,
Nush
Nush,
Ray
Not
eligible
Nush,
Ray
Winner
(Day 64)
Ray Jon Jon,
Justine
Jon,
Cameron
Jon,
Cameron
Tania,
Steph
Nush,
Gos
Cameron,
Lisa,
Steph
Nush,
Cameron
Runner-Up
(Day 64)
Scott Anouska Steph,
Jon
Steph,
Jon
Jon,
Cameron
Steph,
Tania
Gos,
Steph
Not
eligible
Steph,
Cameron
Third Place
(Day 64)
Steph Federico Scott,
Federico
Jon,
Sissy
Federico,
Ray
Ray,
Nush
Ray,
Nush
Not
eligible
Scott,
Nush
Fourth Place
(Day 64)
Nush Scott Ray,
Jon
Jon,
Federico
Federico,
Jon
Gos,
Steph
Steph,
Gos
Not
eligible
Steph,
Cameron
Evicted
(Day 57)
Lisa Not in
house
Exempt Not
eligible
Evicted
(Day 50)
Gos Anouska Justine,
Jon
Federico,
Sissy
Federico,
Scott
Ray,
Nush
Ray,
Nush
Evicted
(Day 44)
Tania Jon Cameron,
Sissy
Jon,
Sissy
Cameron,
Jon
Gos,
Scott
Evicted
(Day 36)
Jon Anouska Justine,
Federico
Sissy,
Nush
Federico,
Ray
Evicted
(Day 29)
Guest
(Day 50-64)
Federico Jon Justine,
Tania
Cameron,
Steph
Tania,
Cameron
Evicted
(Day 29)
Sissy Anouska Ray,
Scott
Scott,
Federico
Evicted
(Day 22)
Justine Anouska Jon,
Ray
Evicted
(Day 15)
Anouska Jon Evicted
(Day 8)
Nomination note See note 1 none none See note 2 See note 3 See note 4 See note 5 See note 6 See note 7
Against
public vote
Anouska,
Federico,
Jon,
Scott
Jon,
Justine
Federico,
Jon,
Sissy
Cameron,
Federico,
Jon
Nush,
Steph,
Tania
Gos,
Nush,
Ray
Cameron,
Lisa,
Steph
Cameron,
Nush
Cameron,
Ray,
Scott,
Steph
Evicted Anouska
45.88%
to evict
Justine
56.77%
to evict
Sissy
44.68%
to evict
Federico
40.1%
(out of 3)
to evict
Tania
72.02%
to evict
Gos
46.37%
to evict
Lisa
82.25%
to evict
Nush
66.87%
to evict
Steph
7%
(out of 4)
to win
Scott
26.7%
(out of 3)
to win
Jon
51.12%
(out of 2)
to evict
Ray
42.5%
(out of 2)
to win
Survived Jon
31.43%
Jon
43.23%
Federico
38.61%
Cameron
47.88%
(out of 2)
Nush
14.66%
Nush
35.72%
Steph
12.16%
Cameron
33.13%
Cameron
57.5%
(out of 2)
Federico
17.72%
Jon
16.71%
Steph
13.32%
Ray
17.91%
Cameron
5.59%
Scott
4.97%

Notes

  • Note 1: All housemates had to nominate one fellow housemate on Day 1, only a short while after they had entered the house. Every housemate who received a nomination faced eviction.
  • Note 2: In Week 4, there was a "double eviction".
  • Note 3: Cameron made his nominations from the Big Brother House in South Africa over the phone to Gaetano. Even though he was allowed to nominate, nobody could nominate him.
  • Note 4: As Lisa had only entered the house a couple of days earlier, she was exempt from nominations. As Cameron had only recently returned to the house from South Africa, he was allowed to nominate, but not be nominated. On Day 43, the night the eviction was supposed to be on, a bomb scare forced all housemates to be evacuated. The eviction, therefore, happened the next day, on Day 44 (a Saturday). When Gos was evicted, there was no crowd outside due to Health & Safety precautions.
  • Note 5: Ray, as leader of the house in Week 7, had to choose the three housemates to face eviction. When Lisa was evicted, Federico, Gos, Jon, Justine, Lisa and Sissy, had the opportunity to be a guest in the Big Brother house. Anouska couldn't go back because she was a guest in the Big Brother Australia 2003 house. Tania didn't want to go back into the Big Brother house. The public voted for Jon to go back in, but he wasn't eligible to win.
  • Note 6: Because Jon was a guest in the house, and was not eligible to win, he was exempt from nominations.
  • Note 7: Nominations do not take place in the final week, instead the public votes for which of the remaining housemates they want to win.

Nomination totals

Week Total
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Cameron 0 1 2 4 1 3 11
Ray 0 3 0 2 2 3 1 11
Scott 1 2 1 1 1 0 0 1 7
Steph 0 1 2 0 3 2 1 2 11
Nush 0 0 1 0 3 4 0 3 11
Lisa 1 1
Gos 0 0 0 0 2 3 5
Tânia 0 2 0 1 3 6
Jon 4 6 6 5 21
Federico 1 2 4 5 12
Sissy 0 1 4 5
Justine 0 4 4
Anouska 6 6


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