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Big Brother house gets patriotic makeover

The latest series of Big Brother is to return to screens on Monday (5Jun17) and will have a political theme.

Contestants in the new series of U.K. reality TV show Big Brother will live in a house designed to celebrate all things British.

Their home for the summer is designed to resemble an English country village, with decorations including British flags, flowers and quaint shop fronts.

The new house also features images representing the U.K. political debates, including a polling station, security cameras and a pro-immigration sign.

Producers chose the patriotic and political backdrop to reflect next Thursday's (8Jun17) general election, in which current U.K. prime minister Theresa May is bidding for re-election.

"At a time of political upheaval and tough questions about unity in the UK, Big Brother brings you an alternative look at Britain," a spokesperson for the show told the BBC.

"Standby for a very British summer of contrasts, conflicts and collaboration, and more fireworks than you could imagine, as a selection of people, from a range of backgrounds, come together in the ultimate social experiment."

The house also features a hot tub with its very own family of plastic ducks and a tea shop style dining room and kitchen.

Contestants for the new series, which begins on U.K. network Channel 5 on Monday (5Jun17), are yet to be revealed.

Emma Willis, who has presented the show since 2014, is returning to host the latest series. As ever, producers have promised numerous twists and surprises await contestants.

Big Brother debuted on rival network Channel 4 in 2000, and proved a major hit for the broadcaster before transferring to Channel 5 in 2011. The show is now on its 18th series.

Its spin-off show Big Brother's Bit On the Side will also return to screens, with host Rylan Clark-Neal welcoming celebrity guests to discuss events inside the house.

A celebrity edition of the reality show will air in January next year (18).

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