It has emerged that Big Brother will not occupy the George Lucas Stage at Elstree Studios when it returns on Channel 5 next month.
Previously, the sets, offices and facilities of most Big Brother series had been located within Stage 1, a 15,770 sq ft. space in the Lucas building, which is situated next to the the show’s house.
However, Endemol has not been able to secure it for this year’s run. Until now, the only series not to use the George Lucas Stage was the second Celebrity Big Brother in 2002.
As a result, it has filed a planning application with local authority Hertsmere Borough Council to install 30 portacabins around the compound which would be used as production offices. It is likely that the main set would be moved in to the nearby Big Brother ‘Workshop’, which is where the set of spin-off Big Brother’s Big Mouth was located until last year. It also housed the main CBB2 set.
The result of the planning application will be determined in a meeting this Thursday, although a number of trees have already been cut down in preparation. Council officers say the proposals will not have a detrimental effect on neighbouring residents and properties.
The Big Brother house, which will stand until at least 2013, is not affected.
Big Brother moved to Elstree Studios for its third series in 2002, from Three Mills Studios in Bow.