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Celebrity Big Brother 3 Introduction

Celebrity Big Brother 3. It's FINALLY here.

Well, we say finally, but to be honest there hasn't been that much of a build-up really, as it only became apparent that Channel 4 were doing another series about a month ago.

And that news came as something of a shock, especially given that former C4 boss Mark Thompson scrapped Celebrity Big Brother in the wake of the disappointing second series in 2002.

Still, since then, ITV have had great success with their 'I'm A Celebrity...' show, so perhaps the world is now ready to see a bunch of celebs locked-up in the Big Brother house once more?

This time around, instead of the 8 or 10-day runs of the previous two series', CBB3 will run for a whopping 18 days. Admittedly, it'll be nowhere near as torturous as the proper show, which runs for 10-weeks, but it's a welcome extension nonetheless.

And we do like to see those celebrities suffer!

As well as the usual nightly catch-up shows narrated in the familiar Geordie tones of Marcus Bentley, Davina will be back for the eviction shows in the second half of the series.

Dermot is also back with a late-night version of his 'Big Brother's Little Brother' fanzine show on Channel 4, as is Russell Brand with his eFourum discussion show on digital TV channel e4.

Additionally, as with CBB2, there will be live coverage late into the night on e4 and on the internet.

The eight contestants will live in the house as per Big Brother 'proper' - the main changes, apart from different furniture and the inclusion of a sauna, are that the cameras in the loo have been removed to protect the celebs' privacy.

The Celebrity housemates will be locked-in the house, with no entertainment provided, will have a limited shopping budget and will be monitored 24/7 by 39 cameras and 40 microphones, including when they take a shower.

We'll be bringing you more information on how to vote when the time comes, and you'll be pleased to hear that 16p from every vote (via telephone, mobile and interactive TV) will be split equally among the celebrity housemates' nominated charities.

However, following the Asian Tsunami disaster, Channel 4 and Endemol UK have decided to donate the remaining profits from the public vote (9p per vote) to the appeal. This means that £90,000 will go to the appeal for every 1 million votes registered. Bravo!

Some of the housemates have also decided to support the appeal with their portion of the afore-mentioned 16p.

Obviously, we don't know exactly what's in store for the fans over the next two-and-a-half weeks, but if you'd like to chat about the show with other like-minded people, or just see what everyone else has to say, then why not head over to our Discussion Forums?

Our fun Polls will begin soon on the Home page of the site and if you have any ideas for poll topics, please let us know.

See you back here soon.

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