It may have been a Bank Holiday Monday in Britain today but the Big Brother housemates took no break from their endless bickering on their twelfth day in the house.
Show bosses will be hoping that two potential new housemates – on offer as prizes in tonight’s live show – will provide a welcome diversion.
But the present house incumbents were not aware that the prize boxes contain more than everyday groceries.
The housemates were expected to be the top prizes in the final of the Meal or No Meal challenge, a spoof based on the Channel Four game show hosted by Noel Edmonds.
So far prizes in the game have included food from their shopping list, but the contestants were facing some tough hygiene choices after failing to win toilet rolls.
Imogen could not handle the pressure during a visit to the loo when she was unexpectdly locked in by Big Brother.
She had just 10 seconds to name the ninth housemate to enter the house. The former Miss Wales could not remember it was Glyn.
Richard and Grace also failed in their bid to secure fruit and vegetables for the house.
Questions have included identifying the shape of the Big Brother swimming pool (octagon) and naming the pets of fellow participants (George has two Jack Russells called Minnie and Mouse).
There is unplanned space in the house after yoga fanatic Dawn Blake, 38, was thrown out last week for receiving a secret message from the outside world.
Her sudden departure followed a walk out by Glaswegian knitter and Kylie Minogue fan Shahbaz Chauhdry, 37, and the eviction of care worker Bonnie Holt, 20, on Friday.
The new housemates will be immune from this week’s nominations, the first round of which take place tomorrow.
In the house today it was revealed that some housemates believe there may be something spooky going on in the bedroom.
Lisa claimed one of the beds was “cursed”, an opinion backed by handsome Mikey who said he and Grace had a tiff when they slept on it as did Sezer and Imogen.
Pete, who was under the covers at the time, disagreed. “It’s not cursed, it’s comfortable,” he said.
Meanwhile Pete and Glyn began communicating in a secret language of giggles and grunts with bags, clothes and pillowcases over their heads.
The mucking around continued with the two bounding around the room, humming, with pillowcases on their heads.
Eventually Glyn ran across the bedroom and threw himself at the bed, hurting his foot in the process.
When Lisa walked in and asked what they were up to, Pete replied: “We were just talking about philosophy.”
Earlier in the day Sezer complained about the washing up which he said was “skanky” and not up to standard. He blamed Glyn.
After a brief discussion the housemates nominated Glyn to clean the urinals in his absence, mainly thanks to the intervention of Grace who said they needed a wipe.
Overall the day was relatively calm with none of the outbursts that have punctuated the first dozen days of the show.
Yesterday evening temperatures reached boiling point after Grace and Nikki clashed over a plate of salmon.
The row erupted when footballer’s wife wannabe Nikki turned her nose up at posh girl Grace’s lovingly prepared meal.