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Big Brother House

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Channel 4, the self-proclaimed television broadcaster for architecture, employed a set designer rather than an architect to build what is currently the most famous house in Britain - the east London domicile of the five remaining inhabitants of Big Brother. A C4 spokesperson said that the single-storey construction in Bromley-byBow, above, valued last week by estate agents at about £165,000, was the work of Colin Pigott, a set designer who also worked on another TV series with a building industry connotation - Rising Damp. C4 director of programmes Tim Gardam said in May he hoped his channel's screening of the RIBA's Stirling Prize and Piers Gough's current series 'The Shock of the Old' would make the station the 'natural home for architecture on television'.

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