Contestant Lisa Wallace received news, via the technology, that her brother is expecting a baby, due on her birthday.
Elsewhere, housemate David Ramsden cried and covered his face, "Any other screen message on video isn't a touch on that. They are in front of you - none of this flat screen or plasma screen - they are really there," he said.
Most poignantly, contestant Charlie Drummond's father appeared to tell him that his mum, who has been in a coma for the past six months, is showing signs of getting better.
The blurry-eyed contestant wept as his dad, also called Charlie Drummond, said: "It's been fantastic to see you living your dream."
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