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Friday, 21 July, 2000, 16:07 GMT 17:07 UK
Big Brother's bedroom antics
Caroline from Big Brother
Caroline earned one lucky punter 500
A bookmaker has paid out 500 after the first couple on Channel 4's Big Brother programme went to bed together.

Thousands of internet users watched live as Builder Craig, 28, slipped between the sheets with 37-year-old Caroline, a former sex aids saleswoman.

The pair are among 10 strangers selected by the programme makers and put together in a sealed house, with surveillance cameras recording their every move.

Each week, viewers decide which of the 10 should be evicted. The last person left in the house in Bow, east London will pick up a 70,000 prize.

Craig from Big Brother
Craig slipped between the sheets witrh Caroline

Craig and Caroline's display of affection did not go any further than a cuddle, but offshore bookmaker Victor Chandler International still honoured the bet.

The lucky punter placed 20 at odds of 25-1 that they would be the first to pair off in the bedroom.

A Big Brother spokeswoman said: "They got up quite late and Craig got into Caroline's bed while she was in there. They were being cuddly, but not in a 'we're sleeping together' way."

Bookies had made Caroline and stockbroker Nicholas favourites to end up in bed together at 5/2

Sure bet

A spokesman for Victor Chandler said: "The punter obviously thought Caroline was a sure bet. He placed what is called a 'banker' on her.

"He had three separate bets, all involving her, but three different blokes and one of his flutters came up trumps."

Meanwhile, the volunteers in the house have made an appeal for more drink.

They want more supplies to celebrate Andrew's birthday with on Monday, despite losing a fifth of their 105 weekly budget after failing to complete a task they were set by Big Brother.

They were instructed to make their own pottery items, but five of the pots broke while they were being fired. Producers of the show left them a bowl of fruit as a consolation prize.

Most of the budget has already been squandered on drink and most of the group are now complaining of hunger.

Earlier, Caroline suggested in front of the cameras that they should eat each other.

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