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  Big Brother house prepares to open its doors
Updated 23 May 2003, 18.17
The Big Brother bedrooms will soon be full
The chickens are ready, the beds are made and 12 ordinary people are preparing to be watched for 24 hours a day on the original reality TV show.

On Friday night Big Brother opens its arms for the fourth year.

Fact File
BB facts
33 different cameras watch the housemates
40 microphones around the house
50 monitors sit in the BB control room
50 kms of cable used in building the BB house
Over 2,000 microphone batteries will be used by housemates
10,000 hours of tape will be recorded

The identities of the housemates have been kept a massive secret by the BB makers.

They haven't met each other and have been locked away in secret locations away from telly and newspapers.

But at 8.30pm the country will finally find out who they are when they enter the house to try and win 70,000.

The house has been given a face-lift to make it cosier with lots of rounded edges and soft, cool colours.

Which should help the housemates stay calm when things get heated!

Team work

Davina McCall and Dermot O'Leary (Big Brother's Little Brother presenter)
Davina McCall and Dermot O'Leary

Each week the housemates will have to gamble at least 50% of their food budget on a weekly team task.

And they will have to do a live challenge every Saturday night to win treats.

The rules stay the same which mean the housemates will have to nominate two people to face the public vote every week.

The Friday live show is presented by a pregnant Davina McCall and she'll welcome the first housemate to be booted out on 6 June.

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