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BB housemates to grow own food

Big Brother housemates will be forced to grow their own food this year, as part of the show's eco-friendly revamp.

The reality show's newest recruits will be living The Good Life over the summer with recycled goods and self sufficiency challenges, according to The Daily Express.

A spokesperson from the Channel 5 show said: "It's all about self-sufficiency and recycling this year.

"As the housemates enter they will be greeted by a huge wall containing recycled life-size front doors. But what do they signify - and what lies behind them?

"The sweeping staircase will take them down into an eco-style living space.

"Although impressive in appearance, this house is not a hotel and provides a tougher environment than ever before."

The new series has been named Secrets And Lies by show bosses and will include evil mind games to make contestants unsure of who to trust.

There will be a two-hour nightly live feed on 5* and Emma Willis has replaced Brian Dowling as the show's host, with X Factor contestant Rylan Clark joining spin-off programme Big Brother's Bit On The Side.

The original series of the show in 2000 saw the house come complete with a vegetable garden and chickens, to provide eggs and be cared for by the housemates.

In 2008 Channel 4 set the series nine housemates, who included winner Rachel Rice, a similar challenge, making them grow vegetables and herbs and installing recycling bins for the first time.

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