“You’ve made me look like a c*nt in front of millions” – Craig Phillips talking to “Nasty Nick” Bateman on Big Brother 2000.
As I continue to write about my journeys around the planet, there are some huge huge gaps from my adventure that are just not covered on this website, and for the lack of time may never be. Stories untold, countries I forgot I went to and arguably the craziest experience of my life was being in a mock “Big Brother” when I was based in the iconic Dorset seaside town of Bournemouth. I was a contestant in The Lock In in February 2004.
“I’m voting out Lee as he showed a blatant disrespect to the Queen. The Queen of my country.” – Jonny Blair, talking about fellow contestant Lee Adams in the Lock In, 2004.
“It’s only a gameshow, it’s only a gameshow” – Big Brother Contestants, UK 2000
What Was the Lock In?
It was in late 2003 that I joined the auditions of hopefuls to become part of a new experiment called “The Lock In”, based at Bournemouth University. I was very eager and passionate to get into this mock Big Brother house. After two rounds of auditions and a rigorous voting campaign from my mate Dancing Andy (Andrew Stokes), I was voted into the house for a 3 day extravaganza and what claimed to be the first 24 hour live webcam University reality TV show in the UK. There were only 6 of us in the house. We had strict rations, games to play, a diary room and one by one we would be voted out to reveal the winner who would walk into the Student Bar on the final night.
The Lock In was just an amazing time of my life and it is where I met the admirable “Lock In Lee” Adams, who to this day is one of my best friends and a top mate. It was in the Lock In that the whole Nicky Barmby story began. I thought I would post quickly about it today as this month marks the fifteen year mark of the first UK Big Brother which was aired on Channel 4 in July 2000. A series which saw eventual winner Craig Phillips confront Nasty Nick Bateman over his vote rigging and influencing.
“It’s a film about dinosaurs” – a quote I made in the Lock In
The Lock in had auditions, evictions, nominations – it was a crazy Big Brother style TV show jam packed into one weekend and the aftermath of it went on a big longer than that including my appearance at the National Student TV Awards in Loughborough in 2005.
Fifteen years ago I also appeared in Northern Ireland’s first “Big Brother spoof”, something which I touched on before – it was based in a nightclub in Bangor and was a bit of an anti climax. However I won’t be telling the story of the Lock In in Bournemouth on this website, saving it for the book. My new book will feature a huge chapter on the Lock In and explain how this mini reality TV show changed my life.
The Lock in Contestants from 2004 were:
1. Lee Adams (winner)
2. Paul Burr (runner up)
3. Jonny Blair (third)
4. Danni Wilson Fraser
5. Sophie Burman
6. Alex Simpson
Here is the only remaining YouTube video of the Lock In:
And the famous Craig v. Nasty Nick moment in Big Brother 2000: