Well, it’s over for another year. The final housemate has left the building, and doubtless a team of cleaners is, as we speak, girding its loins to get in and give the place a thorough fumigate ready for next year. Paying special attention to the corner reserved for Marcus’s “graveyard shift.”
I’m suffering withdrawal symptoms already, so what better excuse for a gallop through my highlights of Big Brother 2009?
(1) Charigo. Yes, I hate those stupid joined-up celeb-couple names too, but Charlie and Rodrigo collectively have been the loveliest thing to watch in BB10. I know they’re both pretending to be “just good mates,” but anyone with eyes to see spotted the body language weeks ago, and that includes the people who’ve lived with them, and the people who work on the show. It was a master-stroke to have those filmed inserts of body language queen Judy James in the finals show – you can’t fool Judy, you cheeky-faced Brazilian charmer. And it was a touching moment when Rodrigo saw the video of his family, and realised he hadn’t been disowned.
(2) Marcus. Has there ever been such a good-value housemate? He started off fairly creepy and pervy and sad, but he survived the process known as Noirin, from which lesser men (Sree) never returned, and emerged as The Irrepressible Dark Horse. He was hilariously funny, had the greatest line in swearwords and insults this side of Jeremy Clarkson, and genuinely didn’t give a damn, which was brilliant to watch. But at the same time, he was a good friend when it mattered, and thanks to his sense of competition and drive to be the best, he was always a good man to have on your side in a task.
(3) Siavash dressed in a barrel. Funniest single moment in the series, watching the “fashionista” rolling around on the diary room floor trying to get up.
And on the subject of fashion… (4) Charlie in a dress. He looked absolutely adorable in his Elizabethan dress. I just hope Siavash makes good on his promise to popularise skirts and heels for men, and I hope Charlie is on his list of models.
(5) Tantrums. Most of these were courtesy of Charlie and Rodrigo (“Shut up!” “No, you shut up!”), but Bea provided more than her fair share during her briefish stay in the house. Magnificent-when-provoked prize must go to Freddie for his “I have EVERY reason to doubt you!”(complete with Shakespearean gestures) attack on Noirin during the “rabbitgate” incident.
And loads more. I know only ten people watched it, but for me this has been the best BB since Craig faced down Nasty Nick all those years ago.