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Monday, 12 March, 2001, 20:13 GMT
Dee's second bid for freedom
Jack Dee
Jack Dee: "It's silly trying to escape"
Comedian Jack Dee has made a second failed attempt to escape the Big Brother house, while former boxer Chris Eubank is considering a bid to get back in.

In the small hours of Monday morning Dee attempted to explode a home-made bomb as a decoy then hoisted himself, using a chair, onto the roof of the building.


I will pledge 50,000 to Comic Relief to break in yourself. We'll get a helicopter to drop you in, or the SAS to break in.

Chris Evans' tempts Chris Eubank to get back into Big Brother house
But he only managed to crawl around on all fours, saying "hello world", while fellow housemates Anthea Turner and Claire Sweeney tried to join him.

The celebrities are taking part in the week-long show to raise cash for the Comic Relief charity, which receives money every time a phone vote is registered.

Dee's antics were curtailed by the voice of Big Brother, which asked the housemates to "please refrain from climbing on the roof".

Anthea Turner and Claire Sweeney
Anthea Turner and Claire Sweeney: Anthea avoided eviction
The comic, who fled the house for 30 minutes early on Sunday morning before being returned by security guards, was resigned to his fate.

"It's silly trying to escape," Dee told Sweeney after giving himself up, but within an hour he was at it again, trying to wrestle the front door open.

He is, however, free to leave the house at any time, as are his housemates.

Dee is still the bookies' current favourite for eviction from the house, although BBC News Online readers have voted overwhelmingly for Dee as their choice of winner.

He is up against TV presenter Vanessa Feltz for the next phone vote, and seemed somewhat less concerned about it than she was.


Vanessa Feltz: Will she or Jack Dee walk on Monday?
Feltz is so certain the public will favour her dismissal over Dee's she was even considering leaving the house of her own accord.

"There's no debate about whether it will be Jack or me," she told Big Brother in the Diary Room.

"We all know it's going be me. Jack's very cool, he advertises beer and is very, very nice. I'm not cool, I'm not a comedian, so I think it's inevitable," she added.

Meanwhile, former boxer Eubank, who was evicted from the house on Saturday, may not have seen the last of the house.

He was a guest on Chris Evans' Breakfast Show on Virgin Radio on Monday and responded favourably to Evans' suggestion that they establish another hotline to vote people back in.

Chris Eubank
Chris Eubank: The first to be evicted
"There's vicious guard dogs outside, but I'm sure I have so much good karma they will be like puppies," he said.

Evans pledged to help Eubank get into the house by hook or by crook.

"I will pledge 50,000 to Comic Relief to break in yourself." he said.

The first round of voting, by telephone and via the Comic Relief website, raised 115,000 for Comic Relief, with 750,000 people phoning in to choose between Anthea Turner and the former boxer.

Big Brother odds
Keith Duffy 9/4
Claire Sweeney 5/2
Anthea Turner 3/1
Vanessa Feltz 9/2
Jack Dee 11/2

Those left in the house are Anthea Turner, Boyzone star Keith Duffy, Claire Sweeney, Feltz and Dee.

One of the five will be evicted every other day, and viewers will be able to follow their progress in special programmes on both Channel 4 and BBC One.

After leaving the house Eubank said he had been concerned about the "fragile" state of Turner.

He said: "At one point Anthea, Vanessa and me were talking at the table. They were both talking beneath their breath and very quietly when tears started to come out.

"At that point I left the table, I felt so sorry for her."

Celebrity Big Brother has been a massive ratings success for Channel 4, with a combined audience by Sunday night of close to 10m viewers.

The half-hour special was watched by 4.1m viewers, while another 5.1m viewers caught the 10-minute update on BBC One.

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