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Big Brother House - Elstree Studios (hires overlay)

Big Brother is a reality TV show broadcast on Channel 4, and S4C in Wales, 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. It is based on the Big Brother series produced by Endemol. For the first two series, the house was located in Bow, East London. However after planning permission expired subsequent series have taken place at Elstree Studios, which offers more security than the Bow site. Even the Elstree site has problems however: it is close to a residential area and a Tesco supermarket, attracting complaints from locals about crowd noise on eviction night. Permission has been granted to extend the lease of the house for series 7 and 8 (2006 and 2007 respectively), but it was reported in a tabloid newspaper that Big Brother producers had failed to gain the rights to extend the lease past 2007. Celebrity Big Brother 5 and Big Brother 8 will both be filmed at Elstree Studios but Big Brother producers are now attempting to find a new location for the Big Brother House where it will begin filming for series 9 (2008).