Big Brother house is reduced to RUBBLE three months after last episode

Bye bye Big Brother house: Set is reduced to a pile of RUBBLE … three months last ever episode

The famed Big Brother house, the venue where countless careers were launched, has been reduced to a pile of rubble, three months after hosts Emma Willis and Rylan Clark Neal presented the last ever episode.

In new pictures obtained by MailOnline, the building at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, has become all but memory, with piles of broken wood strewn where the storied structure once stood.

Demolition work on the Big Brother house kicked off just two weeks after the November grand finale, which saw Cameron Cole crowned as the victor, as hosts Emma and Rylan struggled to hold back their emotions.

Rubble: The famed Big Brother house, the venue where countless careers were launched, has been reduced to a pile of rubble, three months after hosts Emma Willis and Rylan Clark Neal presented the last ever episode. Pictured in January 2016

All but a memory: In new pictures obtained by MailOnline, the building at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, has become all but memory, with piles of broken wood strewn where the storied structure once stood

The Big Brother house had been the site for the series since its third season in 2002, was overrun by diggers and bulldozers within days of the show’s end, as plans got underway to tear it down.


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Aerial snaps show the space that was once home to a catwalk, audience pit, press area and steps up to the front door of the house being ripped apart, looking barren and empty.

Parts of the building were in a skeletal state, with just scaffolding left over. The garden was barely intact, with faux grass still in place, but building rubble filling the swimming pool and the hot tub drained.

The real grand finale: Demolition work on the Big Brother house kicked off just two weeks after the November grand finale


The way things were…: The site is a far cry from the grand structure that once stood in its place during Big Brother’s heyday

Torn down: The Big Brother house had been the site for the series since its third season in 2002, was overrun by diggers and bulldozers within days of the show’s end, as plans got underway to tear it down

Ripped apart: Aerial snaps show the space that was once home to a catwalk, audience pit, press area and steps up to the front door of the house being ripped apart, looking barren and empty

The groundbreaking show — which first aired in the UK in 2000 — was originally shot at a house in Bow, London.

Unaware of how popular the show would be, bosses Channel 4 — who broadcast the series at the time — had not acquired planning permission for more than two years, which is when it relocated to Elstree Studios ahead of it’s third season.

With the move came upped security, after a break-in took place in 2001. The show was cancelled by Channel 4 in 2010, and aired its final celebrity, civilian and ‘Ultimate’ season. But a year later, Channel 5 relaunched it, at the same studios.

In 2016, a planning application to Hertsmere Borough Council hinted that production company Endemol would be extending the famously-cramped house.

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    The last ever champion: A highly emotional Cameron Cole was crowned the winner of the last ever season on November 5

    Cleared: Parts of the building were in a skeletal state, with just scaffolding left over. Much of the rubble has been cleared away


     Second home: The groundbreaking show, which first aired in the UK in 2000, was originally shot at a house in east London

    The Big Brother party is over: The Big Brother house garden was barely intact, with faux grass still in place, but building rubble filling the swimming pool and the hot tub drained

    Indeed, changes were made and demolition took place on the eviction set and interview studio, with alterations made to the main house and garden, actually making the outside space smaller for the housemates.

    While the demolition seems definitive, the prospect of whether the series will ever return is still up in the air.

    This comes after Rylan Clark Neal — the host of spin-off show Bit On The Side — told MailOnline how much he’ll miss the series, which has, for years, returned in January with a celebrity edition.

    ‘My brain just doesn’t understand that it’s not coming back. To me, I can’t understand that I have presented it for the last time,’ the 30-year-old lamented. ‘It’s going to be majorly missed.

    Planning: Unaware of how popular the show would be, bosses Channel 4 — who broadcast the series at the time — had not acquired planning permission for more than two years, which is when it relocated to Elstree Studios ahead of it’s third season

    Plans to expand: In 2016, a planning application to Hertsmere Borough Council hinted that production company Endemol would be extending the famously-cramped house

    Changes: Indeed, changes were made and demolition took place on the eviction set and interview studio, with alterations made to the main house and garden, actually making the outside space smaller for the housemates

    ‘And trust me, I am doing everything I can do in my power to get it back.’

    To Rylan, the show was not just a job; after his stint on The X Factor in 2012 he entered CBB in January 2013 and won it.

    Soon after, he was brought back to present BOTS for both the civilian and celebrity versions of the show, consequently meeting his now-husband Dan Neal, who was a housemate that summer in civilian BB.  

    ‘I can’t imagine Big Brother not being around. It has shaped my life. I am really in a world of denial about this. I want it back. Many people do.’

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      In tears: Longtime host Emma Willis was seen shedding tears as the last ever Big Brother episode aired on November 5

      Favourite Bit On The Side: In recent years, Rylan Clark Neal presented the Big Brother spin-off show Bit On The Side

      Of Emma Willis — who presented the main show — he said: ‘Emma is more of a realist that me. But I know she feels the same as I do. She’s able to go “right, that’s the last one” while I just can’t believe that I’ve done my last episode and that’s that.’

      Despite dreading the New Year, which brings with it CBB-shaped hole, Rylan has teased there’s exciting things in the pipeline for him; including a possible new TV project.

      But Rylan admits even he’s not in the know about whether it’s definitely going ahead yet.

      ‘It’s waiting for the go ahead. You’ll have to wait and see,’ he said coyly, before adding with candour: ‘I genuinely do not know, I can’t say anything more because I just actually can’t!’ 

      Not just a job: Rylan entered CBB in January 2013 and won it. Soon after, he was brought back to present BOTS for both the civilian and celebrity versions of the show, consequently meeting his now-husband Dan Neal. Pictured in August 2017

      ‘It will be missed’: TV personality Rylan has not been shy about expressing his feelings about the cancellation of Big Brother

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