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Last Updated: Sunday, 18 May, 2003, 10:47 GMT 11:47 UK
Blue tits get their own show

By Lars Bevanger
BBC Correspondent in Oslo

A new and rather different version of the Big Brother reality show is drawing large audiences in Norway.

Bird family on tv 'reality' show
At home on the nest
The show's contestants are not young or famous people, but a tight-knit family of birds.

And they are proving to be the saviours of Norwegian reality shows.

After repeated runs of the Big Brother competition, audiences here were bored and uninterested.

But now this couple of blue tits have left thousands spellbound with their antics in a birdhouse designed like a living room.

The aptly named "Piip Show" allows internet audiences to watch everything the birds get up to in their one-room flat, 24 hours a day.

It is not as boring as it might sound - there has been plenty of sex already.

And this week the first eggs arrived.

Already, name suggestions for the soon-to-be hatched contestants are flowing in thick and fast.

The concept was dreamt up by a photographer specialising in framing birds in their domestic settings.

The Norwegian state broadcast company is behind the webcast, which will run for two months. And for the record, no-one will be voted out of their nest.


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