Celeb Big Brother returns

Celebrity Big Brother is returning next month – with the housemates locked up for even longer in an attempt to send them off the rails.

Celebrity Big Brother is returning next month – with the housemates locked up for even longer in an attempt to send them off the rails.

The show has been extended to two weeks, and there will be eight contestants rather than the usual six.

The third series begins on January 6 on Channel 4, with Davina McCall back as host.

Bosses hope the extended run will lead to more arguments and some spectacular unravellings in the style of previous housemates Vanessa Feltz and Les Dennis.

Vanessa famously cracked up and scrawled messages on the kitchen table, while Les broke down as he talked about his marriage problems with wife Amanda Holden.

The identities of the latest celebrity housemates are being kept under wraps until they enter the house.

But former footballer Frank McAvennie, model Victoria Silvstedt and Sven Goran Eriksson’s partner Nancy Dell’Olio have all been approached.

David Icke, Lee Chapman, Abi Titmuss, shamed ex-Chelsea player Adrian Mutu and Brian Harvey’s girlfriend Emma B have also been linked to the show.

A Channel 4 spokesman said: “This could be the most uncompromising and unpredictable couple of weeks in their lives.”

TV bosses have promised “a few twists and surprises” to shake up the celebrities. There will be a live launch show on January 6 followed by daily highlights.

Viewers will vote to evict each housemate, and money from the votes will go to charity.

This year the money will be split eight ways, so each celebrity gets the same amount for their chosen charity.

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