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9 highlights from Celebrity Big Brother so far

We’ve had tears. We’ve had tantrums. Celebrity Big Brother has proved to be just the kind of guilty pleasure-TV that cosy January nights in were made for. This year’s house started out with all-female housemates, a move Channel 5 said was to celebrate the centenary of women over 30 being given the vote. But it wasn’t long before they were joined by a few men – including Boyzone’s Shane Lynch, dancer Wayne Sleep and Love Island’s Jonny Mitchell. Who’s in the new Celebrity Big Brother house? Why Celebrity Big Brother…

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Big Brother star Rebekah Shelton not dead after 'hack'

A video apparently posted by transgender Big Brother star Rebekah Shelton says she is not dead and was the victim of a social media hoax. Earlier a tweet from her verified account said she had died unexpectedly. The 32-year-old was on Big Brother in 2009 where – as Rodrigo Lopes – she finished fifth. Newsbeat is trying to reach Rebekah or her representatives for comment on the story. Newsbeat was among several news organisations which reported the former Big Brother contestant had died. Let’s block ads! (Why?) BBC News –…

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Transgender Big Brother star dies at 32

The transgender Big Brother star Rebekah Shelton, who appeared on the show as Rodrigo Lopes, has died. The 32-year-old was on the reality show in 2009, where – as Rodrigo – she finished fifth. A tweet from her personal account read: “We’re sorry to inform everyone of the sad news that our wonderful and lovely Rebekah died unexpectedly on Wednesday night. “We ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time.” https://twitter.com/MissRShelton/status/951625784250290176 Some fans then paid tribute. Let’s block ads! (Why?) BBC News – Entertainment & Arts

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Celebrity Big Brother: Who are the new housemates?

Eight new celebrities walked (with their umbrellas) into the Celebrity Big Brother house on Tuesday evening. This series is a little different to normal – the first batch of housemates are all female, although male contestants will be added later this week. Channel 5 said it was launching the show with the female-only cast to mark the 100th anniversary of women over 30 being given the vote. Former Liverpool player John Barnes will be the first man to enter the house on Friday. Why Celebrity Big Brother is going all-female…

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Celebrity Big Brother: All female series to launch on Channel 5

Celebrity Big Brother launches later – but this year’s show is a bit different to normal. All the contestants will be women. To start with anyway. Channel 5 says it wanted to mark the 100th anniversary of women over 30 being given the vote. “We approach each series thinking of ways to make it as entertaining and engaging as possible,” Tamsin Dodgson, Celebrity Big Brother’s executive editor, told BBC News. “As the nation prepares to mark [the centenary], we’re launching the show with female-only contestants which is a gentle nod…

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Celebrity Big Brother: All-female launch 'to mark 100 years of women's votes'

The next series of Celebrity Big Brother is to launch with just female housemates “in a salute to a centenary of women’s suffrage”. The show will begin in January with only women in the house before male contestants join them. Channel 5 said it wanted to mark the 100th anniversary of women over 30 being given the vote. The broadcaster said the show “will initially explore how the all-female housemates interact”. The male contestants will enter “over the course of the series”, but Channel 5 wouldn’t say how long the…

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Remember people like my brother, who didn't live to see Australia vote 'yes'

At the conclusion of a war, the victors are generally ecstatic. Winners are grinners and the order of the day is celebration and generally running amok. But in the aftermath of every battle, even on the winning side there’s a group for who the victory is at best bittersweet, and at worst no victory at all. And that’s those whose children, sisters, brothers, cousins and friends have died or were permanently damaged during the conflict. Play VideoDon’t Play Up Next Swim coach faces court on child sex charges Play VideoDon’t Play Video duration 00:38…

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