Big Brother 2007 (UK)
Big Brother 2007, also known as Big Brother 8, was the eighth series of the British reality television series Big Brother, airing on Channel 4, with a number of closely associated programmes also airing on E4.
The series launched on 30 May 2007 when 11 female contestants entered the house and ended 94 days later on 31 August 2007. A male housemate joined on 1 June, with a further two male contestants being added a week after that. Another four men joined on 15 June. Five new housemates then entered the house on Day 59: three females, and two males. They went to a new house next door called "The Halfway House" and stayed in the Halfway House until Day 62.
This was the first Big Brother series to air in the UK since the controversial Celebrity Big Brother 5, as such, a number of strict rules were applied to avoid a further controversy. Emily Parr was removed from the house on Day 8 in the early hours of the morning after calling Charley Uchea a nigger; although she did not use it in an argument and the two appeared to be friends, a decision was made to remove her immediately.
A number of changes had been made to the show, including the omission of text message voting, and a reduction in the cost of calls to vote for evictions from 50p to 25p. At least 10p from each vote was going to charity. This was the only non celebrity series to include housemates over the age of 50 and featured two of the oldest housemates to be included in the non-celebrity version of Big Brother. The series averaged 3.9 million viewers, making it the least watched series of Big Brother at the time. Brian Belo won the series, beating bookies' favourite Amanda and Sam in the final vote.
None of the housemates this series were selected to take part in Ultimate Big Brother, however, Amanda and Sam returned to the house to partake in a shopping task.