The Great Debate UK

Big Brother: killed by Topless Models

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- John Bowker is Reuters’ UK transport and defence correspondent. The opinions expressed are his own. -

Big Brother’s demise can be blamed on naked women.

You can see why the show’s creators thought it would be a good idea. A well selected crop of wannabe reality TV stars clearly must include a couple of attractive men and women. The fondly remembered first series back in 2000 was won by Craig, a regularly topless muscle-bound DIY hunk, while Tom and Mel were also easy on the eye.

But there was no proper nudity.

What was so striking about that first season was how innocent they all were. Whether good looking, smart or even conniving in the case of Nasty Nick – they were all just playing a game. The fleeting fame that followed afterwards was an unexpected bonus, and this lack of cynicism continued for a number of years — in my opinion until the sixth series in 2005.

That was the series that featured Orlaith McAllister.

You may not remember her — she featured for approximately five of the eleven weeks that the show ran. The blonde former Miss Belfast was a late entrant to the house as part of a surprise for the existing occupants. She arrived, had a topless romp in the jacuzzi with diminutive Geordie Anthony, and left. Of her own accord. Less than a fortnight before the climax of the show.

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