Big Brother housemates will have no excuse to complain about food rations – they will grow their own food this year.

Producers said this year’s 16 wannabes will have to cultivate their own potatoes and carrots and season their food with herbs from the garden as they released the latest pictures of the house.

The snapshots show that a luxury bedroom and not just the uncomfortable dormitory-style room with short beds and scratchy blankets awaits this year’s housemates.

The two bedrooms are intended to divide the contestants competing for fame and the £100,000 prize in the ninth series of the show.

Other changes include two staircases leading to and from the outside world, leading to speculation the housemates might arrive in pairs.

The diary room has been built under the stairs instead of directly in the house to make the contestants sitting on the diary room chair feel more cut off from their housemates.

As well as having boxes to grow vegetables in the garden, this year’s ‘green’ Big Brother house means there is also a large recycling bin in the kitchen.

A luxury bedroom next to the garden features eight double beds complete with velvet cushions, a walk-in closet and burgundy and gold drapes.

A jail, in the form of a tiny claustrophobic area enclosed by metal bars in the garden, is ready for use if any housemates need to be punished. Big Brother starts on Thursday on Channel 4.