Gogglebox
Gogglebox logo.jpg
GenreReality
Reaction
Created by
  • Stephen Lambert
  • Tania Alexander
Directed by
  • Tania Alexander (2013–2020)
  • Tom Hutchings (2013)
  • Jon Cahn (2013)
  • Kayleigh Damen (2013)
  • James Bainbridge (2013)
  • Mike Cotton (2020–present)
Creative directors
  • Tania Alexander (2013–2020)
  • Tim Harcourt (2014–present)
  • Mike Cotton (2020–present)
Narrated by
Opening theme"Perfect World" and "Brand New Day"
by Kodaline
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series25, including spinoffs
No. of episodes294, including spinoffs (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Tania Alexander (2013–2020)
  • Leon Campbell (2016–present)
  • Mike Cotton (2020–present)
  • Victoria Ray (2021–present)
Camera setupDual cameras
Running time
  • 50 minutes (series 1–2)
  • 60 minutes (series 3–present)
Production companyStudio Lambert[1]
DistributorAll3Media
Release
Original networkChannel 4
Picture format16:9
Audio formatStereo
Original release7 March 2013 (2013-03-07) –
present

Gogglebox is a British reality television series created by Stephen Lambert, Tim Harcourt, and Tania Alexander, and broadcast on Channel 4. The series documents families and groups of friends around the United Kingdom who are filmed for their observations and reactions to the previous week's television from their own homes. The first series launched on 7 March 2013, and the show began airing its nineteenth series on 18 February 2022. The show was narrated by Caroline Aherne from its launch until her death in July 2016, after which Craig Cash took over.

The show has won numerous awards. In 2014, it won a BAFTA in the Reality & Constructed Factual category.[2] From 2015 to 2018, and in 2021, it won a National Television Award. The success of Gogglebox spawned three spin-off series, including a version featuring children (Gogglesprogs), a version featuring 16 to 24-year-olds as they watch online content (Vlogglebox), and a version featuring celebrities (Celebrity Gogglebox).

History

The show was created by Stephen Lambert, Tania Alexander, and Tim Harcourt. Lambert is a media executive who is also responsible for the Channel 4 television shows Wife Swap, Faking It, Undercover Boss, and The Secret Millionaire. Alexander was Director of Factual Entertainment at Lambert's independent production company Studio Lambert, who said the idea was for Gogglebox to be a mix of the ITV comedy show Harry Hill's TV Burp, which looked back at the previous week's television, and the BBC sitcom The Royle Family, which centres around a television-fixated family, but with real, ordinary people.[3] Harcourt, a Creative Director for Studio Lambert, had the original idea for Gogglebox while watching the 2011 London riots,[4][5] and along with Alexander, devised the format for the show. They wondered what people talked about while watching the news, and came up with the idea of cutting between people watching the same TV shows.[6][7] Farah Golant, the boss of All3Media, said: "But the show isn't really about TV. The show is about people's lives, their relationships, their living rooms and the way children and parents talk about TV [...] That's quite priceless. It captures a cultural response to something that's happening in the world.[1]

The show was picked up by Channel 4, which commissioned an initial series of four episodes.[3] The first episode premiered on 7 March 2013; the following three aired later in the month. The show was a success, and Channel 4 gave the green-light to a second series which began in September 2013 and ran for thirteen episodes.[3]

In November 2020, Alexander left Gogglebox after seven years to pursue a fresh challenge. She was replaced by Studio Lambert's deputy creative director, Mike Cotton, alongside Gogglebox executive producer Leon Campbell.

Production

The people cast on Gogglebox were found by the show, and the producers do not advertise for participants. Lambert said this approach is key to the show's success as it results in more likeable people and the audience can get to know the cast over time. From the beginning, Alexander did not want to feature people who wanted to be on television, and sought individuals "that had the ability to make us laugh very naturally and that's quite hard."[8] One of the methods used to find participants is termed "street casting", whereby the show's team looked in everyday public places; Leon and June were found in a bridge club, and Stephen and Chris were found in a hair salon. In later series, members of the show's production team visited random houses and held up a card that contained something, such as a picture of the British Prime Minister or a Daily Mail headline, and noted how quick the person responded and any funny, interesting, or insightful comments they had. The show has also found participants through recommendations, which was how the Siddiqui family and couple Giles and Mary were found.[8]

The programme is filmed in the viewers' homes using two small remotely controlled cameras, known as "hot heads", operated by a small team elsewhere in the home that set up a temporary production control room. This team consists of a producer/director, gallery operator, assistant, audio engineer, researcher for live logging, and a runner.[9][10] Each episode of Gogglebox is made in two days, and Alexander said that people who assumed the show is cheap or easy to make makes her "blood boil".[3] Filming starts on Friday and continues through the week, but most of the first four days are spent assessing the filmed material. Four-person crews circulate between the households two or three evenings each week, and the cast watch the same programs as each other, which can amount to as much as six hours of television. Alexander said that the biggest problem encountered during the filming stage is the cast forgetting that they are meant to be commenting and have to be given "gentle prompts".[3] She added that "the craft happens over the last couple of days before it goes out on the Friday", which usually begins on a Tuesday afternoon or the Wednesday, with the production team working through the night to produce an initial cut. Lambert said the skill involved is "throwing away 99.9% of what people say".[8] The team reviews the first edit on a Thursday afternoon, after which further cuts or tweaks are made before the narration is recorded and the episode is delivered for broadcast.[8]

Cast

Main article: List of Gogglebox cast members

This is a list of cast members currently appearing in the programme.

Cast members Series Year
Stephen Webb 1–present 2013–present
Siddiqui family (Sid, Umar, Bassit and Raza) 1–present 2013–present
Malone family (Tom, Julie, Shaun and Vanessa) 4–present 2014–present
Jenny Newby and Lee Riley 4–present 2014–present
Giles Wood and Mary Killen 5–present 2015–present
Ellie and Izzi Warner 6–present 2015–present
David and Shirley Griffiths 6–present 2015–present
Plummer family (Tremaine, Twaine and Tristan) 8–present 2016–present
Amira and Amani Rota[a] 10–present 2017–present
Worthington family (Alison, George and Helena) 10–present 2017–present
Pete and Sophie Sandiford 10–present 2017–present
Marcus Luther and Mica Ven 11–present 2018–present
Abbie and Georgia 12–present 2018–present
Daniel Lustig-Webb 13–present 2019–present
Sue and Steve 14–present 2019–present
Anne and Ken 15–present 2020–present
Baggs family (Terry, Lisa, Joe and George) 16, 18–present 2020–present
Simon and Jane 18–present 2021–present
Ronnie and Annie 18–present 2021–present
Roisin and Joe 19–present 2022–present


Episodes

It has been suggested that this article should be split into multiple articles. (discuss) (October 2021)

Main article: List of Gogglebox episodes

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
147 March 2013 (2013-03-07)28 March 2013 (2013-03-28)
21325 September 2013 (2013-09-25)18 December 2013 (2013-12-18)
3127 March 2014 (2014-03-07)23 May 2014 (2014-05-23)
41226 September 2014 (2014-09-26)19 December 2014 (2014-12-19)
51220 February 2015 (2015-02-20)8 May 2015 (2015-05-08)
61511 September 2015 (2015-09-11)18 December 2015 (2015-12-18)
71719 February 2016 (2016-02-19)10 June 2016 (2016-06-10)
Gogglesprogs 1617 June 2016 (2016-06-17)22 July 2016 (2016-07-22)
81223 September 2016 (2016-09-23)16 December 2016 (2016-12-16)
91524 February 2017 (2017-02-24)2 June 2017 (2017-06-02)
Gogglesprogs 269 June 2017 (2017-06-09)14 July 2017 (2017-07-14)
Vlogglebox618 June 2017 (2017-06-18)23 July 2017 (2017-07-23)
10158 September 2017 (2017-09-08)24 December 2017 (2017-12-24)
111623 February 2018 (2018-02-23)18 June 2018 (2018-06-18)
12157 September 2018 (2018-09-07)21 December 2018 (2018-12-21)
131522 February 2019 (2019-02-22)31 May 2019 (2019-05-31)
Celebrity 1614 June 2019 (2019-06-14)19 July 2019 (2019-07-19)
141513 September 2019 (2019-09-13)3 January 2020 (2020-01-03)
151521 February 2020 (2020-02-21)29 May 2020 (2020-05-29)
Celebrity 275 June 2020 (2020-06-05)17 July 2020 (2020-07-17)
161511 September 2020 (2020-09-11)8 January 2021 (2021-01-08)
171426 February 2021 (2021-02-26)6 August 2021 (2021-08-06)
Celebrity 394 June 2021 (2021-06-04)10 September 2021 (2021-09-10)
181417 September 2021 (2021-09-17)2 January 2022 (2022-01-02)
19TBA18 February 2022 (2022-02-18)TBA

Awards and nominations

Award Year Result
BAFTA TV Award for "Reality & Constructed Factual Programme" 2014 Won
BAFTA TV Award for "Radio Times Audience Award" 2014 Nominated
Broadcasting Press Guild for "Best Factual Entertainment Programme"[12] 2014 Won
National Television Award for "Factual Programme" 2015 Won
TV Choice Award for "Factual Entertainment Show" 2015 Won
National Television Award for "Factual Programme" 2016 Won
BAFTA TV Award for "Reality & Constructed Factual Programme" 2016 Nominated
TV Choice Award for "Lifestyle Show" 2016 Won
Radio 1's Teen Award for "TV Show" 2016 Won
National Television Award for "Factual Entertainment" 2017 Won
Diversity in Media Awards for "TV Programme of the Year" 2017 Won
National Television Award for "Factual Entertainment" 2018 Won
National Television Award for "Factual Entertainment" 2019 Nominated
National Television Award for "Factual Entertainment" 2020 Nominated
I Talk Telly Awards for "Best Factual Entertainment Programme 2020 Won
BAFTA TV Award for "Must-See Moment" 2021 Nominated
TV Choice Award for "Best Entertainment Show" 2021 Won
National Television Award for "Factual Programme" 2021 Won

Spin-off series

A version of the show featuring children, titled Gogglesprogs, launched as a Christmas special on Christmas Day 2015, and was followed by a full-length series which began airing on 17 June 2016.[13] In 2017, a spin-off show titled Vlogglebox aired on E4, which featured reactions from 16 to 24-year-olds as they watch online content on their smartphones, laptops or tablets.[14] In 2019, it was announced that a celebrity version had been ordered; Celebrity Gogglebox began airing in 2019. It was later renewed for a second series, which aired in 2020, and a third series, which aired in 2021.

International versions

Australian version

Main article: Gogglebox Australia

An Australian edition of the programme debuted on 11 February 2015. It is a co-production between pay TV provider Foxtel and commercial Network Ten. It airs on Foxtel's Lifestyle Channel first and is repeated 24 hours later on Ten.[15] The programme started its second season on 30 September 2015,[16] and its third season in 2016. It is currently in its 15th season as of March 2022.

American and Canadian versions

Main articles: The People's Couch and Celebrity Watch Party

Canadian (Bell Media),[17] and American broadcasters. The American and Canadian versions, both called The People's Couch, premiered on Bravo on March 10, 2014 (although a three-episode pilot run was aired in October 2013) and Bravo (Canada) in July 2014.[1][18][19]

A celebrity version, called Celebrity Watch Party, premiered on Fox on May 7, 2020.[20]

Polish version

Polish version called Gogglebox. Przed telewizorem premiered on TTV on September 6, 2014.[21] It is currently in its 14th season as of June 2021.

Russian version

Russian version called Диван (translated as "The Couch") premiered on STS on March 30, 2017. Only one season aired, consisting of 8 episodes.

Finnish version

Finnish version called Sohvaperunat (translated as "Couch potatoes") premiered in February 2015. The show started its 12th season in September 2021.

Notes

  1. ^ Amira originally appeared alongside friend Iqra from series 10 to 12, until Iqra was replaced by Amira's sister Amani.[11]

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