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JOHANNESBURG — Continental paybox M-Net’s “Big Brother Africa” is proving too hot to handle in Zambia, where religious groups are urging the government to take the “immoral” show off the Zambian National Broadcasting Corp.

They say showing housemates showering and having sex makes a mockery of African culture and Zambia’s constitutional status as a Christian country, and is the wrong message in light of the continent’s AIDS pandemic.

Meanwhile, British viewers are finding it so much more exciting than their own “Big Brother” that Channel 4 is screening it daily. British interest in the African show was aroused by a surprise housemate swap between the two houses on June 22. “Big Brother Africa,” which kicked off on May 25, has 12 housemates from different countries.

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