Big Brother celebrities padlocked by Fife company

Scaramanga's vintage  padlocks are seen securing the table and crates around Darren Day (left) and Christopher Maloney

Scaramanga's vintage padlocks are seen securing the table and crates around Darren Day (left) and Christopher Maloney

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There’s a Fife connection to Celebrity Big Brother which kicked-off on Tuesday night.

The hit reality TV show on Channel 5 unveiled 16 celebrity housemates including Nancy Dell’Olio, Darren Day, Danniella Westbrook, Kristina Rihanoff and David Gest in its biggest show yet.

Carl Morenikeji, owner of Scaramanga.

Carl Morenikeji, owner of Scaramanga.

And the first thing they were confronted with were padlocked boxes ... with the locks prodvided by vintage specialists Scaramanga, based in Cupar.

The company, which supplies TV shows and films assorted items, had to deliver 200 extra large, vintage iron padlocks to the house.

Scaramanga secured the deal when one of the show’s task team called last week looking for the big order - and wanted them within 24 hours so they could be used to secure everything around the House at Elstree Studios in readiness for the arrival of the celebrity housemates.

The VIP order was so large – it was 40 per cent of their stock – and so urgent Scaramanga owner Carl Morenikeji directed all his staff to stop what they were doing to pack and dispatch the order, which took two hours.

The logo for the 2016 Celebrity Big Brother

The logo for the 2016 Celebrity Big Brother

It was the first of two TV deals to hit the screens this week.

On Thursday, ITV viewers will see similar Scaramanga padlocks featured in a dramatic scene in new Victorian drama Jericho.

Mr Morenikeji said: “We were already very pleased to have been chosen to supply Jericho, but to have our products used so prominently by Celebrity Big Brother the same week has made this our best first week of a new year ever.

“I’ve been a Celebrity Big Brother fan for years. I hope both shows get big audiences and help us make 2016 our best year to date.”