Time Limited - I don't watch the full Big Brother show because now it goes on for about 3 months, and I've not got time in my life for that sort of daily TV watching. However, the celebrity alternative lasts for a month, and what makes it even better is it's on in January – the most depressing dark and miserable month, when nothing seems like it'll improve. The fact that CBB is a short sharp burst of reality celebrity TV is what makes it perfect to indulge in.
Conflict – I love how the producers keep injecting conflict into the house by dividing them into groups, giving them games to play, making them nominate face to face, whatever. I really enjoy seeing how some people go into meltdown at the smallest thing, especially when you remember it is only a game show. Tiffany in this year's show had a meltdown when others nominated her face to face -after it has to be said, she had been a very difficult house mate to live with and deserved everything she got – but meltdown she did. With spectacular results.
Relationships – at its most basic level, I am interested in people, and their relationships with one another, and how they change and grow. I like observing this in real life with strangers, with friends and family and myself too. So watching a group of people go through this over a month is brilliant viewing as far as I’m concerned. I like to see how friendships are formed and broken and formed again, alliances made and shattered, best friendships are discarded, and all often in the space of 24 hours. I love it all.
Celebrity Warts and all – we think we know celebrities as we read about them in magazines and newspapers, see them on TV shows, but most of that is at least partly curated for our expense. Yes, even the expose about a celebrity's cocaine shame hell, or a picture of them taking the bins out in their pyjamas. However, in the BB house there is nowhere to hide. Although it is curated and we only see 40 mins of what happens in 24 hours, the producers pick the most interesting pieces and these are often when the celebrities show their true colours. Often with fantastic amusing results.
What is celebrity nowadays – while I'm talking about celebrities I may as well go onto my next favourite thing about CBB. How it shows, without even trying, the difference between traditional type celebrities – actors, models, presenters and the new type of celebrity – people who have been in a reality TV show. There's some kind of meta self referential shiz going on by having a person who's been made famous by being themselves on a reality TV show, actually on another reality TV show. Usually the house falls into cliques and often these are at first based on this divide in celebrity – each type of celebrity often knows others who circulate in their world of celebrity. For instance this year, Daniella, John and Darren are all actors and they bonded by being in the box at the start of this series. Scottie T, Megan and Gemma bonded early on too – all reality TV stars. But this isn't the interesting bit, that's how the work ethic of these two types seems to differ. Some of -not all – the reality TV stars complained about doing the tasks for days on end, saying it was such hard work and it went on and on. The actors of the group were speechless; as would anyone be who'd actually done a day's work in the celebrity arena. Actors learn lines, sit on set waiting to be called, for days on end. They don't simply turn up with a blow dry and talk to their friends with a camera shoved in their face. This divide was also apparent during some arguments – Stephanie, an actor, had a row with Gemma, a reality TV star, and she shouted, 'You're from TOWIE, what's your talent, who are you, Gemma?' Of course, later, they were besties, and all that was forgotten, but was it really? Can you ever forget something someone's said to you in anger? I think not, because you can't un-say something.
Positivity – finally, another reason I love CBB is that at the end it's so relentlessly positive. The final few celebs left in the house all talk about how they've had a great experience of being in the house, how they've learned so much, how it was the hardest thing they've ever done -and I believe them on this as it must be like living in a pressure cooker / prison. This positivity and how they all claim to have learned and grown through the process is something I find very satisfying to watch as it happens. It's like good character development in a novel or film I suppose.
So those are the main reasons why I love watching CBB, and why, come summer, I'll probably be back there again for another batch of 'celebrities' and celebrities.
Do you watch it? Would you dare, or do you think you'd lose to much time to it?
Here are some gems from CBB 2016.
Best bits of the series
Gemma Collins on what she learned on being on CBB.
Until next time, Liam Livings xx