Good rid­dance Bbad rub­bish

Beat the plot spoil tweet­ers by view­ing live

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SO it’s farewell to Big Brother. The show that made house­hold names out of Jade Goody, Brian Dowl­ing and “Nasty” Nick Bate­man has been axed af­ter 18 years.

I only dipped in and out of the Celebrity ver­sion, and stopped watch­ing the so-called civil­ian ver­sion af­ter about the eighth se­ries but I was still sur­prised to hear Chan­nel 5 had pulled the plug on it. It’s in­cred­i­ble to think that the show’s orig­i­nal bad guy, Nasty Nick, pic­tured, went from be­ing an un­known City worker to an overnight celebrity in­vited to red car­pet film pre­mieres to hang out with the likes of Brad Pitt and Guy Ritchie or that the late Jade Goody made mil­lions from the fact she’d never heard of “East An­gu­lar” bet­ter known as East Anglia.

The sad thing about the show was that it taught a whole gen­er­a­tion of young peo­ple that be­ing a re­al­ity star was gen­uinely some­thing to as­pire to and that go­ing on the show was a short cut to fame and for­tune.

It isn’t and it wasn’t. I’m sure many ex-house­mates whose lives were ru­ined by the show won’t shed any tears over its demise.

YOUNG peo­ple on the strug­gling to get lad­der, got all ex­cited hous­ing prices when they read house cent in the could plunge 35 per no-deal Brexit. But event of a the small print they didn’t read be rates will prob­a­bly – loan they prob­a­bly so high won’t be able to get mort­gages. I MISSED the first few episodes of the bril­liant BBC1 drama Body­guard so I planned to binge-watch record­ings to catch up – but I was too late.

Nowa­days the con­ven­tion around spoil­ers, where you warn some­one you are go­ing to give away a cru­cial part of the plot, doesn’t seem to ex­ist. And so, SPOILER ALERT, I found out that Kee­ley Hawes’ char­ac­ter had been killed, be­fore see­ing the episode. Se­ri­ously an­noy­ing. The thing is, you might man­age to avoid the plot re­veals on so­cial me­dia but tele­vi­sion and ra­dio pre­sen­ters blurt them out with­out warn­ing. Ei­ther that or they will be front page news. There’s no es­cape, so the only thing to do is try to watch with ev­ery­one else while giv­ing ev­ery­thing away on Twit­ter. Luck­ily I’m all caught up now and I can’t wait to see how this thrilling se­ries will end.

MISSED: Kee­ley Hawes

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