Who knew Celebrity Big Brother UK would get so interesting so quickly? Day two, and they’re still making awkward small talk (everything relaxes on day three, when they start having farting competitions).
They’ve done the usual thing of stacking the house with people they think will be incompatible: a cage fighter, a football player, the ex-girlfriend of a Rolling Stone, a page 3 girl, a Hollywood madam, a fundamentalist preacher, and so on.
As an aside, Stephanie Beacham is a delight to watch. So polite, yet so snarky.
I had a major coffee-nose moment when Heidi Fleiss responded to a question about children. Check it out.
[the group is sitting around a table.]
Heidi Fleiss: No, I hope I never have babies, that would kill me. Because I’d be every minute ‘Is the baby ok? Is the baby ok?’ I’d worry too much.
Stephanie Beacham: You hope to never have babies?
Fleiss: I’ve never had kids. Thank God for abortion, my God!
[Nicola claps her hands to her face in shock.]
[Steve Baldwin points at Fleiss and laughs uproariously.]
Fleiss: I don’t mean to offend anyone, but I wouldn’t be a good mother. You know? I shouldn’t have kids.
Beacham, scoldingly [Beacham is deaf in one hear, hard of hearing in the other]: Not so noisy, boys. I can’t hear Heidi talk.
Whatever else you think – and this thread probably isn’t the place – I found it utterly refreshing to hear someone exclaim “Thank God for abortions!” so sincerely on telly. Had a little fist-pump, I did.