We were lucky enough to be invited down to Elstree for a tour of the all new Celebrity Big Brother house today, thankfully we weren’t forced to do any manky tasks. Normally the house doesn’t change much between the summer and celebrity series but this year the team have went all out for the final series of the ultimate reality TV show.
The strap line Hell Lies in Others and the flaming logo were a clue but Executive Producer Shirley Jones today revealed that the whole series has been inspired by Dante’s Inferno including the décor of the house itself.
She said: “The famous line from Dante’s Inferno is ‘Abandon hope all ye who enter here’, which has inspired much of what we have done to the house, particularly the entrance which is dark and cavernous with flaming walls. When the celebrities arrive in the house on Sunday night they will definitely wonder what is in store for them, it looks incredibly different from previous years”.
As you can see from the pictures above, the living room has been made over in the style of a Gothic Boudoir. It has gilded panels, black walls and furniture in rich reds and dark wood. There are some luxurious touches too such as red velvet sofas, faux fur pelts draped over the sofas, cushions emblazoned with diamante skulls and ornate wall sconces illuminating macabre sculptures.
The kitchen is clinical and leading straight off the main living area, Each room has a number of features designed to polarize the housemates, something that they will either love or hate. In the kitchen it’s jars full of dead snakes and other creep crawlies.
The kitchen which is full of outsized equipment. Inspired by a hospital morgue the kitchen is clinical and painted ‘autopsy green’. Unlike the summer there is no space in the kitchen to eat and so the celebrities will all have to share the large banqueting table that dominates the dining area.
An interesting fact about the kitchen store room this year is that it will be doubling up as a closet for the celebrities. Producers have lifted the usual one bag luggage limit and so have had to make some extra room in the house for their many outfits. The kitchen store is now full of the normal shelves and refrigerator, joined by a Ikea style canvas wardrobe.
In the bathroom an imposing roll top bath is centre stage whilst a chaise longue and dressing table mean the conversations can continue whilst the celebrities are busy preening. Jones adds “It looks a bit like the faded opulence of an English country pile”.
The shower is still large enough for multiple occupants but unlike the summer series you cannot see in to it allowing the celebrity housemates a few moments of privacy away from the cameras, although hidden microphones mean that all the chatter is still captured for the viewers.
Outside the house, bosses have decided to scrap the pool, it is absolutely freezing after all and have instead built an outdoor snug. It’s full of wooden paneling, reminiscent of a ski lodge and has the most cosy heaters, huge fur rugs and comfy sofas. There will be no jail either, but then many of the rumoured housemates have already seen the inside of one of those.
The garden resembles a courtyard, the brick walls and ivy have been designed to hide the cameras and make it feel private and enclosed.
We weren’t lucky enough to see the bedroom, as this is still being finished but bosses say we can expect some surprises on that front. There will also be a surprise installation in the garden and producers revealed that they have received one especially strange request, which has led to them building something else which all the other housemates will be able to use, but may not want to. Cryptic eh?
We can’t wait for Celebrity Big Brother to kick off this Sunday night! Anyone else excited?