M-Net�s Big Brother Revolution kicked off on 6 September and runs for 91 days. Audiences across the continent have access to one of the biggest hit-reality TV series to ever be produced globally.

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The 12 girls and 12 boys in the house come from 12 African countries, with Ethiopia and Mozambique the new countries included in this series. The show is hosted by Nigerian TV star, IK Osakioduwa and is shot at Sasani Studios in Johannesburg.

In this series, the prize money has been doubled and now stands at US $200 000. In addition, the old rule of banning conspiracy has been lifted and contestants are free to forge alliances and play a strategic game. Voting has also changed with the audience been asked to vote for the housemate they want to see remain in the series rather than the housemate they want to see leave the house.

One of the big changes implemented was in the design of the house, which showcases great technology and multi-faceted African style d�cor.

M-Net�s African Director, Biola Adekanbi says that this time round the house �is all about comfort and style. The aim with this season was to provide an oasis, to make the house as pleasant on the eye as possible. After three seasons, it was time for a fresh spin. This series is for the fans, to say thank you for supporting Big Brother since it began. We aim to give the best show ever.�

Vallery Groenewald, Art Director explains that they were tasked with creating a look and feel that suited the theme of this season�s Big Brother Revolution. �I didn�t want to lose the African theme completely as it is such a strong part of the format and makes the show very special. We therefore did a lot of research and brainstorming on what the Africa Revolution meant.�

Groenewald continues: �When one thinks of African design, there are a few strong elements that come to mind � lots of texture, warm earthy tones and a connection to nature. On the Revolution side of things, one could go in many directions. We preferred to use the fact that it strongly resembles change, and one of the major changes in Africa is our era of technology. Our aim became to create a fusion between texture and technology.�

M-Net Publicity Executive, Portia Adams, says that filming the housemates on a 24-hour basis is a challenge. �We have 100 microphones at work and 40 cameras, including manned, remote and miniature �lipstick� cameras. The Big Brother house is a technological achievement that includes 14 000 meters of cabling. To renovate the house took 70 000 bricks, 6 tones of cement and 4 tones of structural and reinforcing.�

Eileen Sandrock, CEO of Sasani Studios, explains that creating the new house, �was an enormous challenge. We had an extremely tight timeframe and the team working on it literally worked throughout the night in order to achieve our deadline. We built a double story house in six weeks and the end result is a completely revolutionary Big Brother.�

She elaborates that the layout of the new house includes a separate penthouse, the �Palace�. �It also has a pool and a jacuzzi, the kitchen has moved and changed completely and there is now an upstairs area.�

Asked about the voyeuristic aspect of the show and how this impacts the housemates and the desire for audiences to witness wild behaviour, Sandrock responds: �Voyeurism will always have a distinct appeal. It is unpredictable. It�s the �fly on the wall perspective�, showing scenes in private settings and the viewers wait with bated breath for the possibility of a bit of nudity. It�s a format that everyone loves to hate. I have been waiting for years for this phenomenon to fade but it is still clearly very much alive. In fact when the first Big Brother was launched, I thought �of course�why didn�t I think of that myself?� everyone is a bit voyeuristic.�

Big Brother Revolution is produced for M-Net by Endemol.