The Big Brother house has closed its doors for the last time, following the final of Ultimate Big Brother on Friday night.

The series – which first appeared on Channel 4 in 2000 – bowed out shortly after Brian Dowling had been crowned winner of Ultimate Big Brother, receiving the title of Ultimate Housemate.

And it ended with a tribute to Davina McCall, who fought back tears as she watched the film featuring members of the production team and former housemates.

“I just want to say thank you to all the team that have worked on this show,” she said afterwards, “they’re like my family. And to all the housemates for entertaining us for all these years.”

And she went on to pay say an emotional thanks to her husband Matthew Robertson, who was in the crowd for the final show.

“He has sat through hours and hours of Big Brother and has had to deal with a wife obsessed with this programme,” Davina said. “Every summer he hands me over like an offering to this show, I love it that much.”

She also thanked the show’s Twitter followers as well as the viewers. “We’ve been on a real rollercoaster ride, and it’s been so difficult at times,” she admitted. “But it’s been brilliant.”

The final show also featured several former housemates dressing up in bizarre costumes and miming to the opera hit Time To Say Goodbye, as well as showing some of the highlights from 11 series of the show.

And Davina once again appeared tearful as a moving tribute to Jade Goody was shown.

Virtually all of Channel 4’s evening was given over to Big Brother, with other highlights including an 8 Out Of 10 Cats special and Big Brother’s Last Supper, which featured former contestants talking about their experiences in the house over dinner.

The final moments of the show featured images of each of the houses, shown as some of the more memorable quotes of the past 11 series were played, before it eventually faded to black.