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In exposing audiences to people who didn’t look, sound or behave like them, the show had a positive effect on society

In the film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, Bilbo asks Frodo: “Any chance of seeing that old ring of mine again? I should like to have held it one last time.” Like the ring, Big Brother – which had its final episode last night – was a drug. Who wouldn’t want more? But the adoration you get from being in the show isn’t real; the safety and isolation of the House (it’s always capitalised when I write about it) isn’t permanent; free food and accommodation can’t be provided forever. Eventually Stockholm syndrome must be left behind and one must return to reality.

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We were accused of dragging TV into the gutter but the programme did a lot for inclusivity and tolerance

As Big Brother disappears from Channel 5 and we remember some of its classic moments – Nasty Nick’s notes, George Galloway the cat, Nikki’s meltdowns, Jade’s verruca, Chantelle the fake celebrity, “fight night” – it’s also worth remembering how this ground-breaking format from the Netherlands changed the face of television. Some might dismiss it as the show that dragged TV into the gutter, a sign of our degraded society – but the truth is far more complex.

Big Brother was born at a moment of explosive innovation, at the very time the internet was taking shape, and it was the first programme to truly embrace online streaming; you might remember gathering round office computers watching Nasty Nick get his comeuppance at the hands of Craig the builder – the nation’s first full-scale, ultra-hysterical online shame-on-you moment. As we fast-forward into the social media age, we can see the seeds of our modern screen-based feeding frenzies taking root in that moment. When Big Brother 2 came along we went one step further, streaming the show 24 hours a day on E4 and allowing audiences different platforms through which to consume it. Now we stream everything. All the time. For ever.

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