Big Brother moves out of George Lucas Stage
» Posted on Jul 9, 2011 at 9:38pm
Big Brother moves out of George Lucas Stage

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.

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17 comments on this article

  1. jason says: July 10, 2011 @ 9:58am | Reply

    what does this mean a delay on cbb and bb and will there be a live feef still waiting

  2. jason says: July 10, 2011 @ 9:59am | Reply

    opps i mean live feed

  3. CH5BBUK says: July 10, 2011 @ 11:30am | Reply

    I hope the new Big Brother house will look great :D but I hed hoped they would keep the Big Brother house that they used last year for Big Brother 11! :(

    I thought Endemol hed the Big Brother house studio for 2 or 3 years? Iam confused! :(

  4. CH5BBUK says: July 10, 2011 @ 11:32am | Reply

    Its says here Endemol to keep BB house until 2013

  5. Courtney says: July 10, 2011 @ 12:01pm | Reply

    Letting TGLS go doesn’t mean letting the house go, it just means evictions and BBLB will have to be produced elsewhere.

  6. BB_Superfan says: July 10, 2011 @ 1:04pm | Reply

    To clarify the next series will use the same BB House. The Eviction interviews used to happen in the George Lucas Stage building but will now have to move to another building in the Elstree Studios. The gallery from which the producers monitor the House will also be moving.

  7. Scott says: July 10, 2011 @ 3:08pm | Reply

    Everything seems a little rushed don’t you think. It’s should be starting in a few weeks.

  8. TheWobblyGoblin says: July 10, 2011 @ 3:46pm | Reply

    Gah! , so not only is it rumoured that channel 5 have killed the live feed before big brothers return, the big brother house is going to compromise of a load of port a cabins just slap dashed together LMFAO.

    Way to go, channel 5, turning big brother into a joke before it’s even returned.

    What are you trying to do to the original shows coolness??

    Dunno if it’s just me, but I think it’s going to suck. IT just won’t compare to the original, and without Davina, it’s just going to be tripe ufff *bangs head*

    I knew channel five were going to be cheap, when they got the rights, but please, hasn’t endemol got any backbone, and do the right thing by saying, oi, channel 5, no! We’re not settling on big brothers house being a glorified port a cabin.

    Me thinks perhaps they should’ve just let big brother rest in peace, when it ended on channel 4.

    I mean, I was sad, and was thinking to myself, what, no more big brother, and wished it came back. BUT, since channel 5 bringing it back, and the royal order of things in which they’re doing it, has alarm bells ringing.

    But we’ll see. I’ll just decide for myself, for sure, when it returns. :-) :-)

    Mwehehe, perhaps, as far as conspiracy theories go, maybe, just maybe, the reason celebrity big brother is not at the main, previous house, and stage, is because, while they’re finishing the preparations to main big brother, after celebrity big brother is running, they’re working on the old, usual house and stage, while the celebrity big brother contestants are in the port a cabin house mwehehe. Then, when the normal big bro starts – tada; the real people, are in the real house lol.

  9. TheWobblyGoblin says: July 10, 2011 @ 3:52pm | Reply

    So yeah, short version – celebs in the porta cabin house, while they finish off the main house, that’s always been used in the past, and when it finishes, they’ll of put the finishing touches to the perminent house, just in time for the main big brother.

    I know it’s a far stretch, and just a theory, but what if it was their way of thinking, and order of things mwehehe.

  10. Matt says: July 10, 2011 @ 3:57pm | Reply

    To clarify, the house – which will stand until at least 2013 – is not affected by this. The George Lucas Stage was where the eviction, BBLB and, last year, BBBM sets were located.

    Last year, the main show at BBLB shared a set, so assuming they stick with that and there’s no BBBM the workshop should be fine.

    CBB2 had a similar set-up and it did fine ;)

  11. jason says: July 10, 2011 @ 4:19pm | Reply

    @Matt any news about the live feed nothings confirmed yet

  12. CH5BBUK says: July 10, 2011 @ 5:39pm | Reply

    Apart of me thinks they should of waited until next year to show Celebrity Big Brother and Big Brother so that they would have time to get everything right for when both shows start including Live Feed! But apart of me wants both shows to start this year because I miss watching CBB and BB! lol

  13. Lozza says: July 10, 2011 @ 11:23pm | Reply

    I do wish people would read the articles properly!
    Also why does every comment have to mention the live feed?? Yes we want it back but its not relevant every time you comment.
    Sorry rant over!

    In terms of them moving production offices and the spin off shows/eviction sets it wont make a difference and they have ages till launch night to build them. Panic not my fellow BB fans!

  14. Brekkie says: July 11, 2011 @ 5:49pm | Reply

    Although you completely misunderstood the article WobblyGoblin, in actual fact originally most Big Brother houses around the world were little more than portacabins joined together.

  15. Dan Lewis says: July 12, 2011 @ 11:09am | Reply


    Erm CBB and regular BB will both use the main house. The porta cabins are for all the technical equiptment where all the screens are kept where the staff watch the house.

    I cant believe you thought CCB was being filmed in a temporary cabin.


  16. timraw says: July 12, 2011 @ 11:27am | Reply

    THE HOUSE IS NOT GOING TO BE IN PORTACACABINS! DUMB PEOPLE. The house is going to be in the same place, it’s just the production gallery that might be in porta cabins not the housemates or house! Dumb people!

  17. curtis coburn says: July 14, 2011 @ 1:07pm | Reply

    will the house still look the same I DO NOT CARE ! AS LONG AS WE GET BB BACK

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