Germany launches an endless Big Brother
9 March 2005 , BERLIN – Germany has taken reality TV one step further by constructing an entire village to stage its latest Big Brother series.
9 March 2005
BERLIN – Germany has taken reality TV one step further by constructing an entire village to stage its latest Big Brother series.
Instead of confining contestants to a somewhat spacious container house, German commercial TV station RTL II has built the village just outside the city of Cologne. Built in a European-style around a market place, the village covers an area of about 5,000 square meters.
Eleven people have already moved into the village for what is the country's sixth Big Brother series, which appears to strangely resemble the US film, 'The Truman Show.'
About 26,000 people applied to appear on the show, which has drawn in huge audiences. Five of the contestants are unemployed which might also reflect the current state of the German economy and its fragile labour market.
The last German Big Brother series ran for 12 months.
With no formal date set for the end of the latest series, contestants will be expected to work rather than hanging around the house and chatting with the other contestants about their inner feelings under the watchful gaze of TV cameras.
When they are not working on a farm or as a car mechanic, those living in 'Das Dorf' (The Village) as the new endless Big Brother is called, will also be able to relax in a local bar or gym.
The contestants will also have their own bank accounts to handle their prize money, which instead of one big lump sum is to be doled out as the show progresses.
In a bid to connect the series with real life off the set, accommodation and jobs are to be distributed according to social class.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: German news