Here are the Rules that
the Big Brother 11 Contestants have agreed to abide by:
There are twelve basic rules regarding life inside the Big
Brother House. They are set out in their simplest terms below.
Full details of each Rule can be found later-on in the article.
In agreeing to take part in Big Brother UK, you agree to abide
by the rules.
1. There is no contact with the outside world. This includes
the internet, newspapers, phone calls and conversations with
anyone outside the House except for Big Brother.
2. You are filmed 24 hours a day and must wear your personal
microphones at all times.
3. The Diary Room is the only place in the House where Big
Brother will engage in a conversation with you. Visits to
the Diary Room are compulsory.
4. When requested you will be required to go to the Diary
Room and nominate. You are not permitted to discuss your nominations
or to try to influence anyone else's nominations.
5. The public will decide who is evicted.
6. You must not threaten or use physical violence towards
any other housemate.
7. Big Brother will intervene and may remove you from the
House if you break the rules, threaten or use physical violence,
or behave in an unacceptable way that could cause serious
offence to any other housemate or to the viewing public.
8. All tasks are compulsory.
9. You may not move any of the furniture, or tamper with
any of the fixtures and fittings.
10. You must get up whenever you hear the alarm.
11. You may not discuss any previous series of Big Brother
or Celebrity Big Brother or Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack.
You may not discuss any members of the Production team or
the audition process.
12. Big Brother reserves the right to change the rules at
No Contact with the Outside World
While you are in the House you will have no contact with
the outside world – no telephones, television, radio,
computers, newspapers, magazines etc.
Big Brother will never discuss with housemates how they're
being represented on television or in other forms of media.
Big Brother will not enter into any negotiations about what
actions, conversations or events in the House will be shown
Big Brother does not guarantee that anything said in the
Diary Room will be broadcast.
Big Brother will not discuss anything that may be going on
in the outside world with housemates.
Housemates are not permitted to make any attempts to communicate
personal messages to anyone in the outside world by any means
(this includes verbal messages, written messages, codes or
symbols). You may not make any attempt to communicate personal
messages to the outside world when you know that Big Brother
is broadcasting live.
If Big Brother deems that you have attempted to communicate
with the outside world, Big Brother will take appropriate
Big Brother will exercise the utmost care to ensure that
intrusions do not occur. If there is any sort of breach of
security, housemates must adhere to the following procedures
for their own safety.
housemates must ignore any noise they hear from outside the
Big Brother compound.
If any objects appear in the Garden housemates MUST NOT touch
or go near them.
If people appear in the Garden housemates MUST NOT communicate
In the event of any of the above occurrences housemates must
immediately go inside the House and close the patio doors,
even if not specifically asked to do so by Big Brother. One
member of the group must go immediately to the Diary Room
to inform Big Brother so that security guards can remove the
The only exceptions to the rules about no contact with the
outside world are set out in the EMERGENCIES section later
in this document.
Filming, Camera Equipment and Microphones
It is a fundamental principle of Big Brother that everything
you say or do in the Big Brother House may be recorded.
It is strictly against the Rules to interfere for any reason
with the camera or sound equipment installed in the House
and Garden or to do anything that may hinder the working of
the equipment in any way (this includes tapping, scratching
or covering microphones or obscuring the view of cameras).
You will be required to wear a personal microphone at all
times except for when you are asleep in bed, taking a shower
or bathing in water. Wearing a microphone is compulsory for
There are also microphones positioned above the beds. housemates
must sleep at the allocated end of the bed. Personal microphones
can be taken off while sleeping at night but they must be
placed in the spaces provided by the beds. housemates must
not take off their microphones while lying on the beds at
any other time.
When washing or showering housemates must wear their microphones
to and from the wash areas. Microphones must be put on again
immediately afterwards, as soon as you are dry, regardless
of whether or not you are fully dressed. Spaces for microphones
are provided near showering and bathing areas.
Never enter water wearing a microphone. Please avoid getting
your microphone wet.
The microphones are very delicate and expensive pieces of
equipment. They must be worn in accordance with the information
you were given before you entered the House. Fiddling or tampering
with them, or refusing to wear them, can result in ejection
from the House. The cable is delicate and thin and the weight
of the transmitter must not be suspended from the cable. Pouches
will be provided to ensure that they can be worn safely. housemates
will each be allocated a pouch. Please make sure you do not
You will be asked to change the batteries for the microphones
twice each day. When given the fresh batteries you must do
If you think for any reason that you may have broken or damaged
your microphone you must report it to Big Brother immediately.
The Diary Room
The Diary Room is provided for you and your fellow housemates
to share your experiences with Big Brother. As it is an important
part of life in the Big Brother House, it is compulsory for
all housemates to come to the Diary Room when specifically
requested to do so by Big Brother. You are also free to come
and talk to Big Brother in the Diary Room, at any time.
The Diary Room is a confidential room where you will make
your nominations, you can vent your frustrations and share
your concerns and your feelings, safe in the knowledge that
they will not be overheard by the other housemates. For this
reason, Big Brother will expect you to keep all conversations
in the Diary Room confidential. When Big Brother does ask
you to pass on information to other housemates written instructions
may be provided for you to read aloud.
housemates may only enter the Lobby when going to and from
the Diary Room. housemates are not permitted to linger in
the Hallway. It is against the rules for housemates to remain
in the Lobby while another housemate is in the Diary Room.
housemates are not allowed to remain in the Lobby after leaving
the Diary Room. Big Brother will not conduct a conversation
in the Diary Room with any housemate until the Lobby is empty.
Images of live conversations in the Diary Room will not be
streamed on Channel 4, E4 or the internet unless the Diary
Room is being used as the integral part of a task. In addition,
the following rules apply:
The Diary Room is the only place in the House that Big Brother
will engage in a conversation with housemates or acknowledge
what they say.
Smoking, drinking or eating are not allowed in the Diary
Room at any time
You may not wear sunglasses or hats in the Diary Room, unless
medically required and pre-arranged with Big Brother before
entering the house
The Diary Room is essentially designed for the comfort of
one person. Although it is not forbidden for more than one
housemate to enter the Diary Room, if two or more enter the
Diary Room at the same time, Big Brother may request that
one or more housemates should leave so that a private conversation
may take place
The Diary Room can only be entered if there is no one else
in the room. If you wish to enter you should press the button
ONCE (there will be no sound). Big Brother may not always
respond to your request to enter the Diary Room immediately.
The door will be locked while you are in the room so that
no one else is able to enter and intrude on your conversations
with Big Brother (a green and red light will indicate when
the door is locked/unlocked)
Big Brother can also call individual housemates into the
Diary Room to talk. housemates must come promptly when called
- failure to do so could result in ejection
Big Brother may not always answer questions immediately.
Big Brother will not answer personal or general knowledge
Occasionally housemates may need minor medical treatment
(e.g. dentist). On these occasions professionals will usually
treat them in the Diary Room. It is prohibited to try and
seek information about the outside world from these professionals.
The Nomination and Eviction Process
The people who enter the Big Brother House do so completely
voluntarily. However, for security reasons the front door
is locked remotely. housemates leave the House in one of three
ways: they may be evicted; they can leave of their own free
will; or they may be required to leave by Big Brother.
The normal way for housemates to leave the House will be
through the nomination and eviction process.
Every week housemates must nominate two fellow housemates
for eviction, giving their full and honest reasons to Big
Brother in the Diary Room. If you or any housemate does not
give frank and valid reasons for nomination Big Brother reserves
the right to issue a punishment. The following are not valid
reasons for nomination:
you get on better with other housemates than the person you
you have nothing in common with the person that you are nominating
that the person you are nominating is not enjoying the experience
and wants to go home.
Housemates are not allowed to nominate themselves or an inanimate
Times and days of nominations may be changed without notice.
The way in which housemates are asked to nominate may change
The two or more housemates who receive the most nominations
will face the public eviction vote that week. The minimum
number of people available for eviction each week may be changed
In the event that any housemate refuses to comply with these
rules Big Brother reserves the right to issue a punishment
the most serious of which would be ejection from the house.
The results of nominations will be announced at Big Brother's
N.B. Big Brother reserves the right to change the frequency
or number of evictions at any time.
Discussion of Nominations
It is against the rules for housemates to discuss their nominations
with each other. This includes:
Any discussion with another housemate that could be interpreted
as a deliberate attempt to influence their nominations
Discussing or hinting at who you might nominate in the future
or have nominated in previous weeks
Predicting or guessing who may be nominated
Discussing the reasons you might use for nominating someone
Asking or intimating fellow housemates to nominate you
Writing down or using materials at your disposal to form
names, initials or other symbols - this is why the use of
pens, pencils or any written communication is strictly against
Any conversation, which Big Brother deems to be a coded discussion
or any other method of hidden communication relating to nominations
e.g. writing initials with your finger.
To clarify, as housemates, you are free at any time to talk
to each other about how you feel about your fellow housemates
- what you like and don't like about them – but NOT
as part of a discussion about nominations.
It is entirely at Big Brother's discretion to determine whether
the nominations rules have been breached and what punishment
The eviction will ordinarily take place in the evening.
The public will vote via telephone lines. Voting lines will
close minutes before the announcement is made to the housemates.
An official independent body will validate the results. The
housemate voted out of the House will be informed of the voting
result by an announcement.
Big Brother will ask all nominees to pack their suitcases
on eviction day and deliver them to the Store Room (or another
location at Big Brother's discretion). Nominees must pack
all clothing, toiletries and personal items that they have
taken into the House. If they wish to leave any items as gifts
for their fellow housemates they must clear this with Big
Brother beforehand. Big Brother will make an inventory of
all items taken into the House by each housemate. This will
be checked when they leave to ensure that all items are removed.
When the housemate to be evicted is announced, Big Brother
will instruct the evictee when to leave the House. When the
evictee leaves, all other housemates must remain where they
are until further notice. The evicted housemate should make
their way along the designated route to the front door and
leave the Big Brother house. They will be met and may participate
in an interview about their Big Brother experience.
Alternatively, Big Brother may make other arrangements for
the eviction procedures.
Other Methods of Departure
Other than eviction by public vote there are two further
methods of departure from the Big Brother house.
It was made very clear during the selection process that
you should consider very carefully what entering the House
may mean to yourselves and your families.
Of course, no one will be held in the Big Brother House against
their will. If you wish to leave voluntarily, you must go
to the Diary Room and discuss your full and frank reasons
for leaving. You will also need to give Big Brother some time
to prepare for your sudden departure. It may not, for example,
be possible to leave the House on the same day that the request
to leave is made. However, Big Brother may demand that those
who want to leave, do so, immediately. The well-being of housemates
who leave the House without co-operating with Big Brother
cannot be guaranteed. housemates leaving voluntarily must
take all the belongings that they brought in.
Big Brother may remove housemates from the House if they
break the rules or if Big Brother deems their behaviour to
Also, if at any stage the Big Brother psychologist or doctor
feel that a housemate needs to be removed from the House for
whatever reason, Big Brother reserves the right to remove
that person from the House for their own good, whether or
not this is against their will.
Such decisions will be entirely at the discretion of Big
Brother and there will be no appeal against such decisions,
nor will the housemates be eligible for any financial compensation.
If a housemate is required to leave the House they will forfeit
any right to win the prize.
Big Brother will intervene and take appropriate action if
housemates behave in a way that Big Brother considers unacceptable.
The form of intervention by Big Brother and any punishment
will depend on the seriousness of the incident in question.
Unacceptable behaviour includes:
Violent behaviour towards any other housemate (including
threats of violence and actual violence) or other violent
Behaving in a way that could cause serious offence to either
their fellow housemates or to members of the viewing public
(including serious offence based on the grounds of age, disability,
gender, race, religion, beliefs or sexual orientation)
Serious harassment or abusive behaviour directed at another
housemate including bullying
Actions likely to endanger the safety of housemates
Saying anything which is calculated to bring Big Brother,
the producers or the broadcaster into disrepute
Damaging the House or its contents
Making allegations either recklessly or that they know to
be false or libellous
Any other matter which Big Brother considers serious enough
to warrant an intervention and punishment.
Interventions and Punishments
Where housemates have behaved in a way that is unacceptable,
Big Brother can apply any one of the following forms of intervention
and punishment depending on the seriousness of the incident:
1. Close Monitoring by Big Brother
2. Intervention Diary Room Discussion with Big Brother
Following an incident that Big Brother deems to be potentially
unacceptable or a series of incidents that Big Brother deems
cumulatively to be potentially unacceptable, Big Brother may
call the relevant housemate or housemates to the Diary Room,
at Big Brother's discretion.
The precise nature of this Diary Room will depend on the
nature of the incident and the events leading up to the incident.
However, Big Brother may use this opportunity to give the
housemate examples of their behaviour which has resulted in
them being called to the Diary Room.
3. Formal Diary Room Discussion
Following an incident or series of incidents that Big Brother
deems cumulatively to be unacceptable, Big Brother will call
the relevant housemate or housemates to the Diary Room, at
Big Brother's discretion.
Housemates will be called to the Diary Room where they will
be reminded by Big Brother of their actions or words. They
will then be given the opportunity to explain their behaviour
before being reminded that such behaviour is unacceptable.
Any repetition of such behaviour can lead to more serious
action being taken by Big Brother.
4. Formal Reprimand and Warning
If the behaviour is more serious or a housemate has previously
ignored Big Brother's instructions that such conduct is unacceptable,
the housemate will be called into the Diary Room to receive
a formal reprimand. The housemate will also be warned that
any further repetition may lead to their immediate eviction.
Big Brother can issue a formal reprimand and warning without
the need for a formal Diary Room discussion depending on the
severity of the behaviour.
5. Immediate Removal
housemates who are violent or who act in a way that is seriously
unacceptable or who ignore a formal warning will be removed.
If anyone refuses to leave the House they will be removed
by security. To be clear, Big Brother has the right to evict
any housemate without any warning. This is completely at the
discretion of Big Brother and if Big Brother thinks any housemate's
behaviour warrants it.
Interventions and punishments will be entirely at the discretion
of Big Brother and there will be no appeal against such decisions.
New housemates may be introduced into the House at any time,
at Big Brother's discretion.
The current housemates cannot ask the new housemate(s) any
questions regarding the outside world.
The new arrival is forbidden to talk about events in the
outside world (including the current, or departed housemates'
participation in the programme so far), and can be ejected
at the discretion of Big Brother if they break this rule.
Tasks and Challenges
Big Brother may set the group tasks and challenges which
housemates will have to complete. The tasks vary from physical
to mental challenges.
Housemates may also be given daily tasks at Big Brother's
All tasks and challenges are compulsory. Failure to participate
in a task or challenge may result, ultimately, in ejection
from the House.
Housemates will be required to take part in tasks in order
to determine their shopping budget. If housemates pass the
task, housemates will receive a premium shopping budget of
five pounds per head per day for the next week. In addition
housemates will automatically receive access to hot water
for the rest of the week.
If housemates fail the task, they will receive an economy
shopping delivery and will not have access to hot water for
the rest of the week. Nor will housemates have access to the
‘electrical appliances' (hair straighteners, hair dryer
and hair clippers) for the rest of the week.
If housemates receive an economy shopping delivery, this
means they will not be given the opportunity to choose or
to request their own shopping for the week. They will simply
be provided with an economy selection of food by Big Brother.
The selection of economy shopping provided is at Big Brother's
discretion and is non-negotiable.
If housemates have won a premium shopping budget, Big Brother
will provide a shopping list, a blackboard and chalk. housemates
must choose the provisions they require from the list provided,
and list them on the blackboard along with each item's price.
From the shopping list housemates will be able to purchase
access to the 'electrical appliances' (hair straighteners,
hair dryer and hair clippers) in units of 1 hour. A maximum
of 7 x 1 hour units can be purchased per week. The hours cannot
be broken down into smaller increments of time either for
purchase or use. The units will expire after one week. If
housemates wish to use a unit, they must come to the Diary
Room and tell Big Brother that they wish to have access to
the 'electrical appliances'. Big Brother may not always respond
to the request immediately.
When compiling the shopping list, one housemate must come
to the Diary Room and read out the items that the housemates
have selected to buy – this housemate will be given
one opportunity to do this.
If the housemates have under-spent, the under-spend will
not be carried over.
If housemates have overspent, Big Brother will only provide
provisions that can be purchased within the budget –
Big Brother will remove items from the list until it comes
under or on budget- Big Brother will begin by removing the
last item on the list and work backwards.
It is the housemates' responsibility to ensure they do not
under or over-spend.
housemates are not permitted to request different brands
or products, other than those listed i.e. housemates can only
purchase items as specified on the shopping list.
In the event of housemates running out of food there will
always be an emergency supply of chickpeas, lentils and rice.
It is housemates' responsibility to look after the house,
Garden and their contents.
It is important that housemates refer to the relevant sections
of this 'Welcome Pack' and familiarise themselves with the
operation of all facilities before they use them.
Items within the House should be kept in working order.
Housemates must refrain from touching the plasma screens
unless asked to do so by Big Brother. The plasma screens must
remain switched on at all times.
Big Brother will from time to time request that routine maintenance
or cleaning should be carried out by housemates (such as cleaning
the mirrors). Big Brother will provide any necessary materials.
These chores will only be required if they are necessary for
the health and safety of the housemates or to facilitate filming.
For this reason, these chores are compulsory and must be carried
out as soon as is reasonably possible.
If any items are lost over the wall of the Garden (such as
a ball) it will be entirely at the discretion of Big Brother
whether or not to return the item. Any items that are removed
from the House or Garden will be kept safely and returned
to their owner(s) once the series is over.
You are reminded that this is a residential area so please
respect your neighbours, especially in the evening. After
8pm noise in the Garden must be kept to a minimum. If the
noise level in the Garden is too loud after this time Big
Brother may make the Garden out of bounds.
It is against the rules to climb on any part of the house,
which includes scaling walls or attempting to climb on the
roof – this is for the health and safety of housemates.
Housemates are not permitted to sleep anywhere other than
the bedroom. Blankets and bedding are not permitted to be
removed from the bedroom.
Housemates are not permitted to prop open any doors.
Housemates must not tamper with or move the clock from its
position in the kitchen.
Housemates are only permitted to smoke whilst sat at the
smoking area in the Garden. This is the only place in the
Big Brother House where housemates are permitted to smoke.
It is the housemates' responsibility to clean out the ashtray/
bucket into the bins provided.
Big Brother will supply housemates with cleaning products,
sanitary products, toilet paper, toothbrushes and toothpaste.
Housemates will be provided with a vacuum cleaner for half
an hour once a week, if housemates wish to request it at other
times they may do so and it will be provided at Big Brother's
Big Brother reserves the right to enter and search the House
and confiscate personal items at any time. These will be returned
once the relevant housemate(s) have left the house.
While living in the House you may not: wear clothes with
prominent commercial logos, branding or copyrighted images;
or clothes that are intended to send a message to friends
or colleagues in the outside world. If you take an item of
clothing into the House that is later deemed to have too prominent
a logo, Big Brother may decide to remove the item for the
duration of your stay in the house. In addition housemates
may not wear items of clothing that have thin stripes on them
as they can interfere with the cameras causing a strobing
Please note that although you are allowed to take sunglasses
into the house, Big Brother requests that you do not wear
them inside the House, unless they are medically required
and pre-arranged with Big Brother before entering the House.
Any housemate or housemates who disregard this rule and continue
to wear sunglasses indoors, may be punished.
If housemates break or ruin any personal belongings, Big
Brother will not replace or mend them – the housemates
are responsible for repair and upkeep of their personal belongings
in the house. Big Brother will not look after any personal
possessions that housemates decide that they no longer want
or need whilst they are staying in the house.
Big Brother will wake housemates each morning with an alarm.
When the alarm sounds, housemates must wake and sit up. The
alarm will continue until all housemates are awake and either
sitting up or out of bed. The time at which the alarm is sounded
is entirely at Big Brother's discretion and may vary from
day to day.
From time to time Big Brother may choose to wake housemates
by other means. In this instance the above rules still apply.
If housemates fall asleep in the daytime, Big Brother will
sound the alarm until all housemates are awake.
Bedroom lights must remain on until night time.
Discussing Previous Series' of Big Brother
This series of Big Brother is a unique experience for the
housemates. Big Brother will not refer to the previous series
in any conversations with the housemates. It is against the
rules to discuss the previous series, or refer to previous
housemates from Big Brother, Celebrity Big Brother or Big
Brother: Celebrity Hijack.
It is also strictly against the rules to discuss any members
of the production team, the auditions or the chaperoning process.
Housemates will be provided with a plan of the House detailing
the fire exits. You should study this and become familiar
with their location. If Big Brother asks housemates to move
to a particular room they must do so immediately. In the event
of an emergency, housemates will be advised how to react by
Big Brother over the tannoy.
Big Brother may also practise fire and/or security drills
with housemates. The housemates must obey the orders of Big
Brother at all times for their own safety. Failure to do so
may result in ejection from the House. The front door to the
House will be locked, but can be opened at a moment's notice.
It is possible that people will try to get into the Big Brother
complex – if this were to happen housemates should inform
Big Brother via the Diary Room. If it is an emergency, shout,
and Big Brother will respond immediately. housemates should
always wear their microphones so Big Brother can hear them
at all times.
Even though housemates are isolated from the outside world,
Big Brother will ask each of you for a list of no more than
three serious private/domestic events that you would want
to be notified about if they happen. If something happens
that isn't on the list, your named contact will decide whether
or not you should be told about it. Big Brother will pass
on this information and only this information, and cannot
be held responsible if a housemate is not told of something
that they wish they had heard, or hears about something that
they would rather not have known about.
If there is a real emergency - for example a situation necessitating
hospital treatment - Big Brother will judge each case on an
individual basis to decide if the housemates may return to
the House. If a hospital (or similar) visit is necessary a
member of the production team will accompany the housemate
to ensure that there is no (or minimal) contact with the outside
world. If a hospital stay of longer than one day is required
housemates may not be able to re-enter the house.
All medical requests must be made to Big Brother in the Diary
Housemates must not share medication with other housemates,
this includes herbal supplements, vitamins etc.
Any consultations with the psychologist (either at a housemate's
request or at the suggestion of Big Brother) will not be recorded
or broadcast and members of the production team will not be
able to hear or see the consultation. Although we will not
breach client confidentiality, the psychologist may make producers
aware of any relevant issues or vulnerabilities, with housemates'
consent. This is to help Big Brother monitor housemates' well-being.
Big Brother reserves the right to change the rules
at any time.
Big Brother's decision is final.