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8 Things I Learned When I Visited The "Big Brother" House


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In an effort to connect with the yoof, the National Trust has opened the Big Brother house to the public.

"Let's confess, we are opening the Big Brother House as a bit of a joke - against ourselves, perhaps, or is that with ourselves," said Ivo Dawnay, the London Director of the National Trust, who is collaborating with Initial and Channel 5.


Sophie Lawrence, Sophie Anderton and Nicola McLean were there.

So were ex-housemates Alex Reid, Callum Knell, Govan Hinds, Hazel O’Sullivan, Brian Belo, Charlie Travers, Dan Neal, Dexter Koh, Jackie Travers, Jemima Slade, Jack and Joe Glenny, Lauren Harris, Nathan Dunn, Nikki Grahame, Rachel White and Shabby Katchadourian.

And Layla off Desperate Scousewives. But I don't really know why.

Alex Reid got confused and thought I was an ex-housemate.

"Which series were you in, babe?" he asked me.

"Oh, I'm not a housemate," I spluttered before running to the bathroom to capture my delight with an unreasonably excited selfie.


1. Backstage, the walls are covered with signs like these.

Although Brian Belo told me that sometimes housemates can hear the producers behind the walls.

"Harry Potter came out in my season," he explained. "One day, when I was in the garden, I could hear the producers talking about it. So i sat really near the wall and listened."


By this point, I had lost all shame.

"Nikki, I love you," I confessed.

"Oh. OK," she said, before agreeing to have this photograph with her no.1 stalker and saying that being back in the house was like "being home." Awh.

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