Fans of Seven’s Big Brother have had their first look at how the reality show dealt with a COVID-19 scare.
The reality reboot was almost entirely pre-recorded, and housemates were already well into the game, when the coronavirus pandemic hit its peak in Australia.
But housemates had to be informed that the game they had been playing would be suspended, along with manned filming after a crew member came into contact with a confirmed COVID-19 infection.
There’s something going on.
In a preview of Sunday’s episode — where housemates will finally be informed of the growing health crisis going on outside their secure facility — housemates cotton on to the odd behaviour of the ever-watchful cameras.
“While they’ve been cut off from the world, the world outside has changed,” the promo begins.
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Contestant Sophie Budack is seemingly the first to notice the beginnings of a shutdown, alerting her housemates to the constant cameras disappearing from set.
“There’s something going on,” Budack tells her fellow housemates.
“None of the cameras are following anywhere.”
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The top nine contestants then get beckoned to the diary room, where Big Brother informs them of the pandemic in real time.
But producers will still manage to string together an episode despite having to put the game on pause, thanks to a number of rigged automatic cameras.
Behind the scenes a skeleton staff remained while the remainder of the crew left the set as a precaution.