Season 1
Celebrity Big Brother
8 EPISODES • 2001
Celebrity Big Brother 2001, also known as Celebrity Big Brother 1, was the first series of Celebrity Big Brother. In aid of the British charity Comic Relief, six celebrities entered the Big Brother 1 house for eight days. The series premiered on March 9, 2001 and concluded on March 16, 2001. While Channel 4 aired daily highlights shows, BBC One also aired 10-minute updates. Along with these updates, they also aired the finale, which was part of the Red Nose Day telethon. Celebrity Big Brother 1 was the first Big Brother series to feature a live launch, something which is now common for every season of the series. Initially meant to be a one-time series, the success of Celebrity Big Brother 1 later influenced the decision to make Celebrity Big Brother an annual occurrence, much like the main series. To date, twelve seasons have aired. The premise of the series remained similar to that of the main series. The series revolves around six celebrities living in a house together with no communication with the outside world. They are filmed constantly during their time in the house, and can have no communication with those filming them. Every other day in the game, each contestant, referred to as "housemates", choose two people to be up for nomination. The two or more people with the most votes will be nominated to leave the house. The viewers then decide which of the nominees should leave, with the selected person leaving during a live show. This process continued until only three housemates remained, in which the viewers would decide which of the housemates would win the series. Whereas the winner of the main series receives a cash prize, the celebrity edition of the series sees them competing for charity. A housemate can be ejected from the show for breaking rules, such as discussing nominations when not permitted.


1: The Live Launch
Mar 9, 2001
Davina McCall presents the show live from outside the Big Brother house. She introuduces the celebrity housemates and they are comedian Jack Dee, singer Keith Duffy, ex-boxer Chris Eubank, presenter Vanessa Feltz, actress Claire Sweeney and presenter Anthea Turner. The housemates are shocked when they have to nominate that night. Anthea and Chris learn that they face eviction.
2: Eviction
Mar 10, 2001
Davina presents the first live eviction show. Highlights are shown of the celebrities first twenty four hours in the house. Chris is evicted from the house and takes it on his stride. The second round of nominations are made leaving Vanessa and Jack up for eviction this time.
3: Episode 3
Mar 11, 2001
Highlights are shown of the celebrities previous twenty four hours in the house.The housemates react to the nomination results. Vanessa goes crazy and starts to write things like I am in pain and set me free on the kitchen table using salt. But with a visit to the diary room she explains she is upset to be up for nomination and is starting to miss her two daughters.
4: Eviction
Mar 12, 2001
Davina presents the show live from outside the Big Brother house. Highlights are shown of the previous twenty four hours in the Big Brother house. Vanessa learns that she is the second celebrity to be evicted from the house. The celebrities have to nominate again and Anthea and Jack both face eviction again.
5: Episode 5
Mar 13, 2001
Highlights are shown of the previous twenty four hours of life in the Big Brother house. Anthea and Jack react to the news that they have been nominated again. Jack decides he had enough and climbs onto the roof to escape. After a chat with the producers he is convinced to return to the house.
6: Eviction
Mar 14, 2001
Davina returns to present the third live eviction show. Highlights are shown of the previous twenty fours hours as things try and get back to normal. Davina announces that Anthea is the next person to be evicted from the house.
7: Episode 7
Mar 15, 2001
8: The Live Final
Mar 16, 2001
Davina McCall presents the live final. Highlights are shown of how the celebrities spent their final day in the house. Davina announces that Keith has finished in third place. At the end of a tense night Davina tells the two remaining housemates that Jack is the series winner.
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