The first series focuses on layabout Frank Gallagher and the lives of his six children, Fiona and boyfriend Steve, Lip, Ian, Carl, Debbie and Liam, and next-door neighbours, Kev and Veronica.When the second series begins, the Maguire family are introduced, with certain episodes just focusing on their family, and both the Maguire family and Gallagher coming into contact and conflict, with marriage, teenage pregnancies and neighbourhood rivalry.A sixth housemate was supposed to enter on the same day, yet after a pre-entrance pep talk with producers, he decided against it.Despite being the bookies' favourite to win, Amanda and Sam came second and left the house on Day 94 with an overall winning voting percentage of 39.7%.
The return of Jon Tickle (series 4) The housemates clearly thought they had seen the back of science nerd Jon Tickle – owner of the best dressing-gown in series history – when he was evicted from the show mid-series. In an attempt to liven up what has long been remembered as one of the dullest Big Brothers in series history, the public had the chance to vote a housemate back in on Day 50 – and sure enough, he was their man. Hours, nay days, of fun materialised as they tormented the others with cold showers and itching powder, until they were re-introduced into the house during the party and things got ugly.
It was all a bit much for some housemates who began conducting secret raids across to the rich side (not to mention Kate and Spencer stealthily snogging through the bars), but since the housemates essentially won their wealthy status by taking part in what ultimately amounted to child’s party games (musical chairs anyone? The non-famous celebrity (Celebrity Big Brother, series 4) The whole point of Celebrity Big Brother is that ‘celebrities’ are meant to go into the house (after a fashion, at least) – until Channel 4 subverted the genre in series four by sending a random ‘normal’ person, Chantelle Houghton, into the house to see if anybody noticed (clue: they didn’t).