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New House, New Rules

Big Brother has uprooted from its former home in East London and moved to the international film and television studios at Elstree.

The constuction crew have been working ten hours a day, seven days a week since early January. More than four tonnes of nails and screws have been hammered and twisted into the walls to make one of the biggest Big Brother houses ever built.

News story Elstree has been the home of top movies since the very first years of the twentieth century. All the Star Wars episodes, including the latest Attack of the Clones, were filmed at least in part here. Stanley Kubrick, who never left British shores, filmed 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Shining here.

In fact, the very site of the Big Brother house was once Elstree's main floodable stage where classics like The Dam Busters were shot. (If you think you know the others, try your hand in our competition.

And Big Brother isn't the only 'soap' to grace Elstree's lots. Cast and crew of Eastenders are regulars at the site - Albert Square is just around the corner - and the original series of Auf Wiedersehen Pet and sixties classic The Prisoner were conceived and shot here, too.

And now Big Brother is to become part of Elstree's history. The project that employs more than 200 people over the course of six months per show is to become a permanent part of the studio's landscape.

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