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In pictures: Celebrity Big Brother house

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Channel 4 is gearing up to put another crop of celebrities into its Big Brother house hoping they will draw in viewers but avoid the controversies of the last series.

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Celebrity Big Brother was rested in 2008 after the previous year's race row involving Shilpa Shetty and Jade Goody.

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The identities of the celebrities taking part in the latest series are being kept secret until it launches on 2 January. Among the names mooted are Ulrika Jonsson and Austin Powers actor Verne Troyer.

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Previous winners of Celebrity Big Brother have included Take That's Mark Owen, Happy Mondays dancer Bez and Shilpa Shetty.

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Despite being broadcast in January, the outside area of the Big Brother house has several seating areas.

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One room outside has bars across it, giving the impression of a jail cell. The 2008 non-celebrity version featured a "jail" where contestants were sent for breaking the rules.

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