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Thursday, 16 November, 2000, 17:07 GMT
Life with Big Brother
Millions of British TV viewers will remember the summer of 2000 for one thing - Big Brother.

Channel 4's show became one of the most-talked about television programmes in years, as a group of strangers were sealed off from the outside world in a house without television, radio or the internet - but with a battery of cameras following their every move.

While British viewers were hooked on this Dutch idea, versions of the show appeared around the world. America's version fared less well, but its own format, Survivor, proved an even bigger hit.

Click on the links below for the main events from the summer of Big Brother.


16 September: Final seen by 10 million
Channel 4 toasts huge ratings as the three finalists get to grips with life on the outside.

15 September: Craig wins
15 September: Day of reckoning
15 September: Big Brother set to return
13 September: Wary bookie ends Brother bets
9 September: Phone vote smashes record
8 September: Mel is latest evictee
5 September: Final eviction nominations
3 September: Tom's homecoming
2 September: Claire tight-lipped over Craig
1 September: Claire evicted
29 August: Craig and Claire nominated
28 August: Sada attacks show
26 August: Thomas: No romance with Mel
25 August: Viewers vote Thomas out
25 August: Series 'costs business millions'
22 August: Four nominated for eviction
19 August: Claire makes Big Brother debut
19 August: Bishop attacks Big Brother
18 August: Nichola next to leave Big Brother
17 August: Nick thrown out for cheating
15 August: Craig and Nichola nominated
14 August: 'Nasty Nick' conspiracy theories
12 August: Caroline vows revenge on Nick
11 August: Third time unlucky for Caroline
10 August: Big Brother finds no phone
8 August: Latest eviction nominations
4 August: Bad news for Big Brother Andrew
3 August: Big Brother gets passionate
2 August: Sada's TV dreams
1 August: Latest eviction nominations
29 July: Eviction is ratings hit
28 July: Sada evicted by Big Brother
26 July: Caroline and Sada await their fate
24 July: Eviction fears set in
21 July: Bedroom antics and a plea for alcohol
20 July: Big Brother is ratings hit
17 July: Former nun is favourite
12 July: Big Brother starts watching
27 June: Big Brother unleashed
22 March: Channel 4's 70,000 search
8 March: Big Brother comes to Channel 4


18 August: 'Nasty Nick' earns his fortune
Hours after being thrown out of the house for cheating, Nick Bateman signs a lucrative deal with the newspaper which called him "the most hated man in Britain".

18 August: Nick's replacement lined up
18 August: What next for Nick?
17 August: Nick thrown out
17 August: Nick's mind games


30 September: Eddie wins US show
New Yorker Eddie McGee wins $500,000 as the US version of Big Brother comes to a conclusion.

7 September: US bribe fails
5 September: American Big Brother sued
24 August: US glued to Survivor finale
23 August: Blow for mogul's Big Brother claim
23 August: Spanish Big Brother privacy row
12 August: America's reality TV overload
6 July: Big Brother hits the US
12 October 1999: Watching Big Brother


The finalists face the press
Winner Craig Phillips and runners-up Anna Nolan and Darren Ramsey meet the media at a press conference the morning after the show ended.

Big Brother under the spotlight
The BBC's media correspondent Nick Higham reports from the Edinburgh International Television Festival, where the show's producers are put under scrutiny.

Survivor's million-dollar man
Tom Brook reports for the BBC on American television's Survivor! phenomenon.

'Nasty Nick' speaks out
Watch Nick Bateman face the press following his disqualification from the show.

Take a tour of the house
The BBC's media correspondent, Torin Douglas, visited the house before the series started.

Big Brother's first outing
The BBC's Sumit Bose watches early episodes from the Netherlands.


Reality TV: What's the attraction?
Is this all just a passing fad, or is reality TV here to stay?

Are we turning into Peeping Toms?
BBC News Online users' views on what Big Brother's popularity says about us.


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Craig and the other finalists face the press
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