Tonight will be Big Sisters instead

Big Brother bosses have decided to shake up the start of the new series – by making tonight’s first contestants all women.

The ladies’ identities have been kept secret but last night Channel 4 bosses revealed there is an exciting mix, which they hope will make explosive viewing.

It’s rumoured there will be an ex-lap dancer, a famous footie player’s cousin, a political protester, a cleaner, and a member of the prim and proper Women’s Institute.

The gals will be left on their own until Friday, when just one man will join them. More fellas will be introduced over the course of a couple of weeks.

‘It will be a hilarious start,’ one insider tells the Daily Mirror. ‘The girls’ behaviour will be fascinating. The first man in will be a real hunk – so the girls can flirt and fight over him.’

Channel 4 and production company Endemol are desperate to draw a line under the Shilpa Shetty racism row, and want this Big Brother to focus on comedy and, once the lads arrive, romance.

BB host Davina McCall is delighted at the new twist, she says: ‘I want to laugh until I pee my pants.’