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Gogglebox
GenreReality
Reaction
Created by
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 series30, including spin-offs
No. of episodes349, including spin-offs, excluding some of the highlights specials (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]
Original release
NetworkChannel 4
Release7 March 2013 (2013-03-07) –
present

Gogglebox is a British reality television series created by Stephen Lambert, Tania Alexander and Tim Harcourt, 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, the current sixth celebrity series has been airing since 7 June 2024. 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 and 2022, it won a BAFTA in the Reality & Constructed Factual category.[2] From 2015 to 2018, in 2021, 2022 and 2023, it won a National Television Award.[3] 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[edit]

The show was created by Stephen Lambert, Tania Alexander, and Tim Harcourt. Lambert is a media executive who had previously launched 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 on a television-fixated family, but with real, ordinary people.[4] Harcourt, a Creative Director for Studio Lambert, had the original idea for Gogglebox while watching the 2011 London riots,[5][6] 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.[7][8] 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 concept of Gogglebox was criticised before the show aired; Alexander recalled people thinking Channel 4 had run out of ideas, but credited the network's head of factual David Glover as the one who recognised the show's potential and subsequently ordered Alexander to produce a proof of concept tape.[9] The show's team set about casting, and it was during this period they signed on Leon and June Bernicoff. Alexander described the original reel as "a little rough around the edges, gosh it was actually really rough", and thought the script was "God awful" which was read by a narrator whose tone of voice was incompatible. Despite this, Glover felt strongly towards the concept and gave the green-light for a mini-series.[9] The first series consisted of four episodes, the first of which aired on 7 March 2013.[4] The show was a success, and a second series of 13 episodes began in September 2013.[4]

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[edit]

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."[10] 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.[10]

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.[11][12] 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".[4] 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 having to be given "gentle prompts".[4] 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".[10] 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.[10]

Cast[edit]

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

Cast members Series Year
Siddiqui family (Sid, Umar, Bassit and Raza) 1–present 2013–present
Jenny Newby and Lee Riley 4–present 2014–present
The Malone Family (Tom Sr., Julie, and Shaun) 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[a] 2016–present
Amira Rota Iqra 10–12[b] 2017–2018
Amani Rota 13–present[a] 2018–present
Worthington family (Alison, George and Helena) 10–present 2017–present
Pete and Sophie Sandiford 10–present 2017–present
Abbie Lynn and Georgia Bell 12–present 2018–present
Sue and Steve Sheehan 14–present 2019–present
Simon and Jane Minty 18–present 2021–present
Ronnie and Annie 18–present 2021–present
Roisin Kelly and Joe Kyle 19–present 2022–present
Danielle and Daniella 20–present 2022–present
Elaine and Seb 22–present 2023–present
Teresa and Anita 23–present 2024–present
  1. ^ a b Amira and Amani and the Plummer family also appeared in the Celebrity Gogglebox Black to Front special (series 3, episode 9).
  2. ^ Amira originally appeared alongside friend Iqra from series 10 to 12, until Iqra was replaced by Amira's sister Amani.[13]

Episodes[edit]

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)
191618 February 2022 (2022-02-18)3 June 2022 (2022-06-03)
Celebrity 4610 June 2022 (2022-06-10)15 July 2022 (2022-07-15)
20159 September 2022 (2022-09-09)2 January 2023 (2023-01-02)
211624 February 2023 (2023-02-24)9 June 2023 (2023-06-09)
Celebrity 5616 June 2023 (2023-06-16)21 July 2023 (2023-07-21)
22168 September 2023 (2023-09-08)1 January 2024 (2024-01-01)
231516 February 2024 (2024-02-16)24 May 2024 (2024-05-24)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year Result
BAFTA TV Award for "Reality & Constructed Factual Programme" 2014 Won
BAFTA TV Award for "Radio Times Audience Award" 2014 Nominated
Royal Television Society Award for "Popular Factual and Features" 2014 Won
Broadcasting Press Guild for "Best Factual Entertainment Programme"[14] 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
BAFTA TV Award for "Reality & Constructed Factual Programme" 2022 Won
National Television Award for "Factual Programme" 2022 Won
National Television Award for "The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award" 2023 Won[15]

Spin-off series[edit]

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 that began airing on 17 June 2016.[16] 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.[17] 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, a third series that aired in 2021, and a fourth series in 2022.

In August 2022, it was announced that a Welsh-language version of the show, called Gogglebocs Cymru, would be produced for S4C, after Channel 4 had agreed to release exclusivity of its rights to the show in the UK. S4C issued a competitive tender for the production rights on the same day, with the show scheduled to debut in autumn 2022 as part of the channel's 40th anniversary.

International versions[edit]

Gogglebox around the world[edit]

  Currently airing
  No longer airing
Country Name Channel Date aired Series
 Australia Gogglebox Australia Lifestyle (Pay TV)
Network 10 (Free-to-air)
11 February 2015 – present

Series 1, 2015
Series 2, 2015
Series 3, 2016
Series 4, 2016
Series 5, 2017
Series 6, 2017
Series 7, 2018
Series 8, 2018
Series 9, 2019
Series 10, 2019
Series 11, 2020
Series 12, 2020
Series 13, 2021
Series 14, 2021
Series 15, 2022
Series 16, 2022
Series 17, 2023
Series 18, 2023
Series 19, 2024

 Belgium Vu à la télé RTL-TVI 19 October 2014 – present

Series 1, 2014
Series 2, 2015
Series 3, 2015
Series 4, 2016
Series 5, 2016
Series 6, 2017
Series 7, 2017
Series 8, 2018
Series 9, 2018
Series 10, 2019
Series 11, 2019
Series 12, 2020
Series 13, 2021
Series 14, 2021
Series 15, 2022
Series 16, 2022
Series 17, 2023

Hallo televisie! Eén 6 January 2015 – 1 January 2016

Series 1, 2015
Series 2, 2016

 Czech Republic TBC
 Finland Sohvaperunat Yle TV2 27 February 2015 – present

Series 1, 2015
Series 2, 2016
Series 3, 2017
Series 4, 2017
Series 5, 2018
Series 6, 2018
Series 7, 2019
Series 8, 2019
Series 9, 2020
Series 10, 2020
Series 11, 2021
Series 12, 2021
Series 13, 2022
Series 14, 2022
Series 15, 2023
Series 16, 2023

 France Vu à la télé M6 18 October 2014 – 20 December 2014

Series 1, 2014

 Germany Wohnzimmerhelden Sat.1 16 December 2014 – 23 December 2014

Series 1, 2014

Sofa Star RTL Television 1 January 2015 – 30 January 2015

Series 1, 2015

 Hungary Kanapéhuszárok RTL 24 November 2023 – 22 December 2023

Series 1, 2023

 Ireland Gogglebox Ireland TV3/Virgin Media One 22 September 2016 – present

Series 1, 2016
Series 2, 2017
Series 3, 2017
Series 4, 2018
Series 5, 2019
Series 6, 2020
Series 7, 2021
Series 8, 2022

 Israel Tadliku (תדליקו) Channel 2 12–20 June 2014

Series 1, 2014

 Italy Gogglebox Italia Italia 1 23 October 2016 – 4 June 2017

Series 1, 2016
Series 2, 2017

 Japan Gogglebox Japan (ゴグルボックス)[18][19] NHK 24 March 2016 Pilot, 2016
 Latvia Dīvāna eksperti TV3 11 March 2022 – 27 May 2022 Series 1, 2022
 Mongolia Ardin Buidan (Ардын буйдан) Mongol HD TV
ORI TV (2018–)
27 March 2016 – present

Series 1, 2016
Series 2, 2016
Series 3, 2017
Series 4, 2017
Series 5, 2017
Series 6, 2018
Series 7, 2018
Series 8, 2019
Series 9, 2019
Series 10, 2020
Series 11, 2020
Series 12, 2021
Series 13, 2021
Series 14, 2022
Series 15, 2022
Series 16, 2023

 New Zealand Gogglebox NZ[20] Three 19 September 2018 – 7 November 2018 Series 1, 2018
 Norway Sofa NRK 23 October 2014 – 17 March 2017

Series 1, 2014
Series 2, 2015
Series 3, 2016
Series 4, 2017

Sofa (celebrity version) TV 2 21 January 2021 – present

Series 1, 2021
Series 2, 2021
Series 3, 2022
Series 4, 2023

 Poland Gogglebox. Przed telewizorem[a] TTV 6 September 2014 – present

Series 1, Fall 2014
Series 2, Spring 2015
Series 3, Fall 2015
Series 4, Spring 2016
Series 5, Fall 2016
Series 6, Spring 2017
Series 7, Fall 2017
Series 8, Spring 2018
Series 9, Fall 2018
Series 10, Spring 2019
Series 11, Fall 2019
Series 12, Spring 2020
Series 13, Fall 2020
Series 14, Spring 2021
Series 15, Fall 2021
Series 16, Spring 2022
Series 17, Fall 2022
Series 18, Spring 2023
Series 19, Fall 2023

 Russia Divan (Диван) STS 30 March 2017 – 18 May 2017 Series 1, 2017
 Slovenia Bognedaj, da bi crknu televisor Planet TV September 2014 – 19 June 2016

Series 1, 2014
Series 2, 2015
Series 3, 2015
Series 4, 2016

 South Africa Gogglebox South Africa Sony Channel 3 March 2016 – 5 May 2016 Series 1, 2016
 South Korea Jakjunghago Bonbangsasu (작정하고 본방사수) KBS 2TV 8 January 2015 – 2 February 2015 Series 1, 2015
 Spain Aquí mando yo Antena 3 15 April 2016 Series 1, 2016
 Ukraine What's on TV? (Що по телеку?) ICTV 16 October 2015 – 27 November 2015 Series 1, 2015
 United States
 Canada
The People's Couch Bravo 10 March 2014 – 26 May 2016

Series 1, 2014
Series 2, 2014
Series 3, 2015
Series 4, 2016

 United States Celebrity Watch Party Fox 7 May 2020 – 23 July 2020 Series 1, 2020
 Wales Gogglebocs Cymru S4C/BBC iPlayer 2 November 2022

Series 1, 2022
Series 2, 2023
(upcoming)

Australian version[edit]

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.[21] The programme started its second season on 30 September 2015,[22] and its third season in 2016. It is currently in its 17th season as of March 2023.

American and Canadian versions[edit]

Canadian (Bell Media),[23] and American broadcasters. The American and Canadian versions, both called The People's Couch, premiered on Bravo on 10 March 2014 (although a three-episode pilot run was aired in October 2013) and Bravo (Canada) in July 2014.[1][24][25]

A celebrity version, called Celebrity Watch Party, premiered on Fox on 7 May 2020.[26]

Irish version[edit]

An Irish edition of the programme debuted on 22 September 2016, a co-production between Kite Entertainment (Dublin) and Studio Lambert (London). By 2023, nine series had been broadcast.

Polish version[edit]

Polish version called Gogglebox. Przed telewizorem premiered on TTV on 6 September 2014.[27]

Russian version[edit]

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

Finnish version[edit]

The Finnish version called Sohvaperunat (translated as "Couch potatoes") premiered in February 2015. The show is set to start its 16th season in the autumn of 2023.

Welsh version[edit]

S4C and Studio Lambert aired Gogglebocs Cymru on 2 November 2022, as part of the channel's 40th anniversary celebrations. The show is narrated by Welsh comedian Tudur Owen.[28]

The series was renewed for a second series slated to air on 18 October 2023. It has also been nominated for a BAFTA Cymru award.

See also[edit]

Explanatory notes[edit]

  1. ^ In the beginning, when the first series was broadcast, the show had a shorter title: Gogglebox.

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