Big Brother's new house causes launch night chaos over Health and Safety fears

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Big Brother's revamped set may have proved to be a bit too ambitious.

The new series begins TONIGHT on Channel 5 but a recent Health and Safety inspection has reportedly thrown up problems with the studio.

This year's Big Brother is sure to be the biggest ever with a newly extended set that includes a whole new second house, extra garden, newly constructed eviction studio and an updated outdoor staging area.

However Health and Safety fears have apparently been raised over the crowds at the new venue.

Original capacity at the studio was said to be around 400 however this has now been cut to fewer than 200, representing a reduction of around 60% on previous years.

Many ticket holders for the show have been told not to bother turning up just a day before the live launch.

An email sent out by Applause Store, who handle ticketing for Big Brother, read (via BBSpy): "It is with MASSIVE REGRET that we have had to cancel your tickets for tomorrow night’s Big Brother Launch.

"After a health and safety inspection this morning our audience numbers have dropped dramatically – in fact, we are unlikely to get 200 audience members into the new audience area versus a previous expectation of 350!"

A spokesperson for Channel 5 declined to comment on the report.

The new look house and set will be revealed in full tonight when the new series launches LIVE on Channel 5 from 9PM.

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