Anna Nolan appeared in the first Big Brother house way back in 2000 and though many people get misty eyed about the innocence of the housemates during that initial series, the Irish writer and TV presenter claims that her batch of wannabes were every bit as vapid and power hungry as the rest.
In an interview with BBC, Anna, 39, said that the initial group of Big Brother stars were fully aware of what the show could do for their careers. She explained:
“People think our year was different and there was a naivety and we were nice people – but we were exactly the same as all the others.
“In our year there were people like Nicola, Caroline and Darren who were big performers. Nicola brought out a single afterwards, Nasty Nick brought out a book, Darren and Mel wanted to get into television.
“So quite a few of the people who joined in the first year were clued enough to know this could work for them.”
But did Nolan enjoy her time in the house?
“There were moments when I wanted to leave due to boredom, or people irritating me, or missing people at home. Did I enjoy it? It wasn’t about enjoying it, it was about getting through it.”
And will Anna miss the UK’s flagship reality TV show?
“I think the uber-fans will miss it, but I think Big Brother was of a time and that was the Noughties – and it’s right that it should be put to bed. I’m going to watch all of it. I’m interested to see what their slant will be this year.
“Won’t it be interesting if Big Brother is not about manipulation, but about love? But would the public love that?”
Big Brother starts tomorrow, Wednesday 8th June at 9pm on Channel 4.