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A boxer, a model and an old-aged pensioner - Celebrity Big Brother begins

Robert Dex

Published 03/01/2014 | 22:50

Sam Faiers arriving at the start of Celebrity Big Brother 2014 at the Big Brother House, Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire. Ian West/PA Wire
Sam Faiers arriving at the start of Celebrity Big Brother 2014 at the Big Brother House, Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire. Ian West/PA Wire
Evander Holyfield arriving at the start of Celebrity Big Brother 2014 at the Big Brother House, Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire. Ian West/PA Wire
Luisa Zissman arriving at the start of Celebrity Big Brother 2014 at the Big Brother House, Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire. Ian West/PA Wire
Ollie Locke (left) and Lionel Blair (right) are handcuffed together before entering the house at the start of Celebrity Big Brother 2014 at the Big Brother House, Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire. Ian West/PA Wire
Lionel Blair arriving at the start of Celebrity Big Brother 2014 at the Big Brother House, Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire. Ian West/PA Wire
Lionel Blair arriving at the start of Celebrity Big Brother 2014 at the Big Brother House, Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire. Ian West/PA Wire
Ollie Locke arriving at the start of Celebrity Big Brother 2014 at the Big Brother House, Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire. Ian West/PA Wire
Presenter Emma Willis (left) speaks to Casey Batchelor before she enters the House at the start of Celebrity Big Brother 2014 at the Big Brother House, Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire. Ian West/PA Wire
Casey Batchelor and Lee Ryan entering the house at the start of Celebrity Big Brother 2014 at the Big Brother House, Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire. Ian West/PA Wire
Casey Batchelor arriving at the start of Celebrity Big Brother 2014 at the Big Brother House, Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire. Ian West/PA Wire
Presenter Emma Willis (right) speaks to Jasmine Waltz (centre) and Sam Faiers (left) as the are handcuffed together before entering the house at the start of Celebrity Big Brother 2014 at the Big Brother House, Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire. Ian West/PA Wire
Dappy and Liz Jones are handcuffed together before entering Celebrity Big Brother 2014 at the Big Brother House, Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire. Ian West/PA Wire
Liz Jones arriving at the start of Celebrity Big Brother 2014 at the Big Brother House, Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire. Ian West/PA Wire
Dappy arriving at the start of Celebrity Big Brother 2014 at the Big Brother House, Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire. Ian West/PA Wire
Linda Nolan arriving at the start of Celebrity Big Brother 2014 at the Big Brother House, Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire. Ian West/PA Wire
Presenter Emma Willis at the start of Celebrity Big Brother 2014 at the Big Brother House, Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire. Ian West/PA Wire

A former world heavyweight boxing champion is joining several reality TV regulars and one of the show's oldest ever contestants for a new series in the Celebrity Big Brother house.

The Channel 5 show, hosted by Emma Willis, will use 45 cameras to keep an eye on the latest batch of housemates which includes former N-Dubz star Dappy, US boxer Evander Holyfield and Apprentice reject Luisa Zissman.

Other reality TV veterans include Sam Faiers from The Only Way Is Essex and Made In Chelsea's Ollie Locke.

They are joined by journalist Liz Jones, singers Lee Ryan and Linda Nolan and 82-year-old entertainer Lionel Blair.

Also in the house are comic Jim Davidson, glamour model Casey Batchelor and US actress Jasmine Waltz.

Show bosses have promised the contestants "a sumptuous and ostentatious palace" that is "swathed in luxury" but warned them that anyone caught breaking the rules could be banished to the garden prison.

The show has been a huge hit for the channel since it took it over after it was dropped by Channel 4 and has contributed to its success which has led to reports that media mogul Richard Desmond is considering putting the broadcaster up for sale with a price tag of more than £700 million.

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