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Endemol Portugal to bow ‘Big Brother’

Popular Dutch gameshow coming to TV1

AMSTERDAM — “Big Brother” is invading Portugal. Endemol Entertainment Portugal will produce a Portuguese version of the Dutch fly-on-the-wall gameshow for commercial TV station TVI.

The Dutch version of “Big Brother” was the most-viewed entertainment show in Holland in 1999. The Portuguese version will consist of some 80 hours of television transmission time, including a 25-minute primetime daily report, a weekly live discussion program of one hour and a weekly one-hour review of the show.

In the Dutch show, cameras followed, for 24 hours a day, nine strangers living in an isolated house in the Dutch suburb of Almere. Viewers voted on who got to stay on, and the housemates were gradually eliminated until the last one walked away with a 250,000 guilder ($125,000) prize. In the Portuguese “Big Brother,” a special house will also be built on the outskirts of Lisbon to accommodate the participants. Endemol will begin producing the show in Portugal at year’s end.

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