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Sunday, 30 June, 2002, 14:24 GMT 15:24 UK
Big Brother bars bring fury
The Big Brother house
Housemates want the bars to go
The bars dividing the contestants in the Big Brother house are staying in place - prompting talk of revolt from the surveillance game show's contestants.

The Channel 4 programme's camera-filled house will stay divided into so-called rich and poor segments after the seven remaining contestants failed in a task which would have seen the bars lifted.

But only recent graduate Tim Culley, 23, from Worcester, will be living on the rich side, after the others failed to answer questions about their living environment correctly.

Contestants on the poor side have to live with uncomfortable furniture and basic food rations.

Jonny Regan entering the house
Jonny Regan: Not so happy now
The news was greeted with fury by the contestants, with trainee solicitor PJ Ellis suggesting they should walk out of the house.

"We have to be ready to walk out of that door. I'm up for it," he said.

"I know there are rules and restrictions in this place, but we've had enough. If we do this, we have got to be ready to go through with it.

"If we go over there [to the rich side] and they say they are sending security to take us out the back door, let's do it."

Comfortable

Tim backed him up, despite living with comfortable furniture and luxurious food rations.

"If everyone is going to be chucked out tonight, I'd go through the door with you," he said.

"Open the divide, see what happens."

Tim Culley
Tim will now live alone on the rich side
Back on the poor side, County Durham firefighter Jonny Regan backed the rebels.

"Don't nominate, don't do no task," he said.

But model Alex Sibley - the bookies' favourite to win - and personal assistant Adele Roberts both stood against a revolt, with Adele clashing with Londoner Kate Lawler over the issue.

Two contestants - Sunita Sharma and Sandy Cumming - have already left the house of their own accord, and the show's producers have been criticised by fans and critics for manipulating the contestants too much.

Kate - who had been living on the rich side of the house - blew the housemates' chances of getting the barrier lifted.

She had to name all 14 of this year's housemates in alphabetical order, but failed.

Meanwhile, when asked to name vegetables in the garden beginning with the letter "s", dental nurse Jade Goody replied "strawberries and spuds".

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