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17/03/2020 4:15 PM IST

Big Brother Germany To Tell Housemates About Coronavirus Outbreak In Special Live Episode

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Contestants on the German version of Big Brother are to be told about the severity of the coronavirus outbreak in a special live episode of the reality show.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that the housemates taking part in the 13th series of the German reality show were none-the-wiser about the global pandemic, having entered the house at the beginning of February.

Four housemates have since entered, but were under strict instructions not to give the existing contestants any news from the outside world, including that which related to the Covid-19 outbreak.

However, following a backlash on social media, German broadcaster Sat. 1 has now confirmed that the housemates will learn of the news in a live edition of Big Brother, set to air on Tuesday night. 

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The contestants in the German house are unaware of the pandemic

During the episode, they will be able to ask specific questions about the pandemic, and will also receive video messages from their loved ones on the outside world.

Although the British version of Big Brother ended in 2018 after 19 series, the reality format still exists all over the world, with several series airing right now. 

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Jochen Schropp presents the German version of the show

In Australia, producers decided to tell the housemates about coronavirus fairly early on, but in Canada and Brazil, the contestants involved are still in the dark.

Last week, the Canadian housemates were seen debating why an eviction had taken place without an audience, without realising it was a measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

 

Here in the UK, the outbreak has impacted the TV industry in big ways, with shows like Peaky Blinders and Line Of Duty announcing they were suspending production.

Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid also video messaged into Tuesday’s show from home, as she’s currently in self-isolation, while Loose Women has decided to axe its usual studio audience for the time being.

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