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Friday, 29 November, 2002, 15:05 GMT
Celebrity Big Brother: Your views
Melinda Messenger
Melinda Messenger treated it as "only a game"
Concerns over Les Dennis's mental state, debates about whether Melinda Messenger is more like a vulcan or Darth Vader and Anne Diamond's show songs have all characterised the second Celebrity Big Brother.

But although the show started well with 7.2 million viewers on its first night, it has only managed an average of 4.2 million viewers since then.

You told us what you thought of the 10-day charity show.

This debate has now closed. You can read a selection of your views below.

Please do not do another Celeb Big Brother - it was so boring. No-one I knew watched it either, the first two days was enough. Can't wait for the next (Normal) Big Brother.
Angie, UK

It's additive and we love it, and I am so glad Mark Owen won. I never knew much about him before, but when I think of him all I can see is him in the jacuzzi with a cow's head on. Ha!!! Brilliant. Here's to many many more of Celebrity Big Brother.
Olwyn Stokes, England

Brilliant - especially the bonding between Mark and Sue. BB wasn't made for television - television was made for BB. More entertaining than Daniel Deronda any day of the week.
Therees, Harlow

The best programme I have ever seen
Ned Sinclair, England

Bad choice of celebrities this time! Les Dennis is clearly in need of help! I have never heard so many people talk about themselves so incessantly! They are totally self-absorbed which means it's totally boring to watch.
Ciara, Ireland

What number doyou have to call to evict Davina?
John Ratcliffe, England

Boring, Can we give money to charity so TV airtime isn't taken up with drivel like this !!!
A Barton, UK

I think that BB has run its course now. I don't think they'll get as many viewers as they hope for. It's been done too much now. I know that I won't be watching it!
Tracey, UK

Terrible...
Andy, UK

It's so obviously people trying to kick-start their TV career after fading into obscurity, especially in the case of Mark Owen and Anne Diamond. I admit I watched the first episode but I doubt I'll make any effort to watch any more.
Josie, England

Great idea, Big Brother!! Now you've got all those old and tired celebs together under one roof, lock the door and throw away the key!!
Mark Dagger, England

I've seen better people turning the Xmas lights on in Norwich!....
Joe, Norwich, UK

Interesting choice of pretty much forgotten celebs but it should make good viewing, chiefly because it is only on for a few days. I think Goldie will be the first to go, I can't see him fitting in with the rest. As for funny moments, even the comic genius Les Dennis will do well to top the opening night when Mark Owen went to fetch the instructions and said he couldn't read.
PJS, England

Loving it already!. I don't care what people say about the format.I like it.
Mike, UK

These shows are a complete and utter waste of time and money. People who like them obviously need to get out and find a life.
Murray, UK

Isn't this the" House of has-beens"? Not one of them has been in the public eye for a very long time - maybe Goldie after his Bond debut.
Gwillaim, UK

Mark who???
Jon Allen, UK

Day One: How can it fail? I liked the way they all said that they didn't drink that much and yet I saw Les Dennis glugging down a bottle of wine at 01:30 with that bloke from That's That. It'll be entertaining and it's for charity.
Ed, UK


Tired celebrities in a tired format on a worn out channel running out of ideas

Daz, UK
No expense spared there then!!! Who on earth is Sue Perkins?
Clive, UAE

Celebrity Big Brother is just a way of saying "Welcome to the C list".
R Phillips, UK

Tired celebrities in a tired format on a worn out channel running out of ideas....isn't it time to move on?
Daz, UK

The contestants may not be at pinnacle of their careers but fair play to them, there is no way I would put myself up for that kind of scrutiny, with one exception I think BB had picked a good mix and it should be amusing to watch.
Wendy, UK

What a bunch of has-beens, other than Goldie that is. They are in it for the reasons stated by Nigel Benn on the other channel, they are in it to raise their own profile. Look at them, how many did you see in the paper last week, (other from the unofficial reports of who was going to be in the house!), or even on the telly? A gameshow host that built his career on a bad impression of Mavis from Corrie is not my idea of viewing interest, blimey! anyone who used to watch his show was to see how stupid an answer the contestant could come up with!! They really could of selected a better range of celebs.
Ken, England


These people have never provided us with so much entertainment for no fee, on a low budget programme

Deb King, England

Tired is hardly the word for it.. comatose is more apt... never heard of half of them and the rest are has-beens...give it up, the programme was great for one series but that's it... goodbye.
Tim, England

I think all the people that are criticising the show and the celebrities are forgetting one thing...it's for charity. Any format which can help the lives of others is worth doing, and any celebrity willing to risk such harsh criticism by going on the show deserves our respect, no matter what their objectives are. How much money have the moaners given to charity recently?
Jane, England

These people have never provided us with so much entertainment for no fee, on a low budget programme - I reckon we're getting good value for money (and probably some bizarre psychological insights too). Yes, I love it!
Deb King, England

Whilst I find the standard Big Brother series indescribably dull and pointless, the celebrity versions have a little more oomph as a living tabloid. But that doesn't mean the series should continue - people end up watching it for the same reasons as they find themselves watching the aftermath of a car crash.
James Thurston, UK


As for kick starting their careers, who can blame them - isn't that called ambition?

Lucy, UK
If this boosts their careers then so what? Everyone else milks the system so why shouldn't they?
Kit Cynic, UK

I think that Les Dennis is going to win because he can have a laugh and a joke.
Christine, England

I don't remember BB saying it would be A list celebrities? As for kick starting their careers, who can blame them - isn't that called ambition? An interesting group of people - Mark Owen to win!
Lucy, UK

It would be far more intersting if they got real celebs...Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Anna Kournikova to name a few?? I'm not too bothered about this lot...
Steven Hopkins, UK

Twice Les Dennis gave his reasons for participating as being along the lines of "wanting to show people my other side" and wanting "to show people that when I am at home I am a just an ordinary person". Crikey Les, and there was me having sleepless nights wondering who exactly was the real man behind Les Dennis, International Man of Mystery.
Andie, UK


Didn't really like Mark Owen that much before, but for a comedy moment, saying he couldn't read in the diary room has to go down as a classic

Simon, Wales
I don't think that Celebrity Big Brother is as good as the normal Big Brother. It's more interesting learning about strangers, it's more exciting and unpredictable. But for this Big Brother I want Melinda Messenger or Mark Owen to win because in my opinion they are more genuine. Good luck guys.
Becky West, UK

As a lifelong Blue Peter fan I was delighted to hear about Goldie entering the house. Imagine my disappointment...
Steve Shelley, UK

Although people say the format is tired, I know I will be watching to see who is going to make the biggest idiot of themself. And remember the "celebs" are giving up their own time and privacy for charity...
Kiki, London

I think all these people with bad things to say about Celebrity Big brother should remember that it is for charity. Even if the celebrities are only in there to make a name for themselves (again), it will still raise the much needed money for charity. How many of these people who are putting it down will be sticking their hands in their pockets and donating?
Mandy North, England

Didn't really like Mark Owen that much before, but for a comedy moment, saying he couldn't read in the diary room has to go down as a classic. Best of luck to him.
Simon, Wales

The first show last night attracted over 7 million viewers. The largest first night figure ever for any of the BB series. And I'm sick of people telling me to get a life because of MY choice of tv programmes.
Mike, UK


If a celebrity can spare a couple of weeks for BB they must have an empty appointments diary

Bryan Jones, UK
I know it's for charity but prime time entertainment? They should change the voting to "how much to make it go away".
Martin, England UK

Davina McCall - stop shouting. Please. In fact, stop talking.
Joe, UK

If a celebrity can spare a couple of weeks for BB they must have an empty appointments diary.
Bryan Jones, UK

I don't care what anyone says - I'm already completely addicted!!
JW, England

Being locked up in a house with Melinda Messenger? Where do I sign up?
Tony, UK

It doesn't matter how much we say it's terrible and that we won't watch it - I can almost guarantee that everyone will and then deny it in the morning!
Amanda, UK


Mark Owen's already started strumming his guitar, it's obvious why he wanted to be in the house!

Dave, Manchester, UK

I love it already - there are a much better mix of celebs this year. I think Mark Owen will win cos he seems really sweet and natural but I like them all. I know a lot of people are going to try to pull it down but it's just a bit of fun at the end of the day and it is for a worthy cause.
Emma, England

Everytime we say we won't watch it, but we do. Why? Because it's brain-dead TV which is exactly what you need at that point in the evening. Celebrity is stretching the truth for most of them but still should be interesting. But Sue Perkins - please! I've seen funnier car crashes.
Kate, UK

Mark Owen's already started strumming his guitar, it's obvious why he wanted to be in the house! "I'm still here, give me a record deal"...
Dave, Manchester, UK

Goldie for President.
John G, UK

Celeb Big Bro is just as good, if not better than the usual form. I think that Goldie and Sue were true entertainers and I was howling when Goldie had the red wig poking out from his hard hat. Top TV, keep it coming!
Rebecca W, UK

I love it, despite my intellectual shame at even admitting it (that is not my real name). As a once teenage Take That fan, I want Mark to win, very funny, and pocket-sized too. As a once Mel and Sue viewer I would have loved to see the naturally talented and acerbically witty Sue to win. I admire the others for having the balls to demonstrate their desperation to help worthy causes, whatever they might be.
Nicola, UK


How refreshing to see Anne sitting on yet another sofa but this time without a script and still in her night attire in the middle of the day - how human is that?

Avril, UK
I stumbled onto your article about UK Celebrity BB. We have the American version of the show (yawn!). So, I'm sure once the American producers find out about this idea...It will be the end of civilisation as we know it....Can you imagine!..Charo, Gary Coleman and Vanilla Ice under one roof? Scary, very Scary. I think Britney Spears will be availible (very) soon.
Jeff, Seattle, WA USA

How annoying is Goldie? Trying to be hip and "down with the kids". He's pushing 40 and speaks with a mockney accent when he's from Bristol. He takes wigs in with him to try for the "aren't I wacky" element. Please, he's about as genuine as Alan B'Stard.
Nick, UK

Well I am proud to say that I am a BB fan and will continue to support it as long as it is around. As for the celeb version just a gentle reminder that these people are just as human as the rest of us. How refreshing to see Anne sitting on yet another sofa but this time without a script and still in her night attire in the middle of the day - how human is that? And the chat that Les had with the others over his marriage hiccough - how human is that? It is nice to be reminded that whatever our station in life we are just as vunerable as the next man - good luck to them all!
Avril, UK

I'm enjoying Celebrity Big Brother enormously and admire them all for putting themselves on public display for charity. It's so nice to see Anne Diamond again. She was a real "mum" to the group. Melinda is my tip to win though and I'm hoping Goldie will be first out.
Mairi, UK

Melinda Messenger should surely win this game as she is clearly the most balanced personality in the house. She seems to have the best attitude towards the game and to others, and let's face it, she doesn't rely on her good looks to be cool! She is a proper gem. Sue has got to be my second favourite.
Ambay, UK

The most pathetic thing about this show is dragging Vanessa back into the studio to give her "expert" insight into life in the house. She had her time and fluffed her lines. Get rid.
Eric, UK


I have to admit though that I would still far rather see Paul Clarke walking round in his boxer shorts than Mark or Les

Jo, UK
I pity Les Dennis, if he'd stayed on Family Fortunes, he wouldn't be in this show. There is obviously more to his life than Family Fortunes after all, although maybe Celebrity Big Brother is not the place for him.
Neil Jones, West Midlands, UK

Why does Davina McCall have to introduce every contestant by raising her voice and shouting their name!? Does she think we're all deaf?! I am now!!
Davis Schulten, England

Don't start watching, because then you'll start to care. Once you start to care you'll be addicted.

Take it from me a former Big Brother addict. You'll find yourself watching at 2 in the morning, even when the sound's been cut "for legal reasons" for most of the show.
Gordon Lewis, UK

It's so bad, the only thing which I enjoy is Davina, she is fab, as for the celebs, there couldn't be a worse choice.
Lisa, UK

The show is ruined by Davina.I reach for the sick bucket everytime she appears on TV and Dermot is not much better.
Bruce, UK

Davina is incredibly irritating - she seems to think the show is more exciting than it is. I can foresee her in Celebrity Big Brother in several years time... staying in the BB house.
Ben, UK

I am enjoying this Big Brother more than the other shows. I think there is a good mix of people in there and I think it's great they are giving up their time to take part. The people who are slamming the show seem to forget it is for charity and do they offer their services for charity I wonder?

Les Dennis should surely win this game as he is the most entertaining and has been the main topic of conversation on Big Brother's Little Brother; talking to the chickens, the laughing fit he had with Goldie on the sofa and trying to slide across the floor in PVC trousers was hilarious!

Les Dennis to Win - he's a star!!!
Catherine, UK

After my disappointment with BB3 I am glad that they have gone back to the old format with group bonding tasks and a reasonable amount of money and NO BARS. But surely they could have got some actual celebrities - these are all has beens trying to kickstart their careers. And Melinda please stop smiling all the time.
Val, UK

I have to admit that this Celeb BB is a gentler creature altogether than the ghastly BB3. This is much more reminiscent of BB2, and all the better for it.

I have to admit though that I would still far rather see Paul Clarke walking round in his boxer shorts than Mark or Les. Not too good on the male tottie this year BB!!
Jo, UK

After the novelty of realising Anne Diamond wasn't the Big Brother house itself had worn off and I had donned sunglasses to guard against retinal damage caused by light reflecting off Melinda Messenger's absurd teeth (the biggest and whitest set this side of James Brown), I promptly dozed off. Have tuned in sporadically since and found it similarly dull. Yawn.
Rob, ex -BB fan, UK

Though I am enjoying Big Brother I am very surprised that Channel 4 has not shown more coverage of the charities the programme is helping - surely this is what it is all about?
Andrej, Netherlands

Quite interesting, maybe not as riveting as the last Celeb BB but 10 times better than Lame Academy which nobody watches.
M, UK

I gave up watching it after Anne Diamond was evicted. I think the three who are left in the house have no personality whatsoever. I also think Big Brother generally is over the hill and should be axed.
Adam Byrne, Ireland

The only entertaining person got voted off first... YAWN!
John Want, UK

Why is Goldie not in there, Melinda should've gone first because she is so boring.....who cares what she looks like bring back Goldie...
Bec, UK

 VOTE RESULTS
Should Big Brother curl up and die, as Jack Dee says?

Yes, I've had enough
 76.93% 

No, I'm still an addict
 23.07% 

14594 Votes Cast

Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion

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