Gogglebox Australia

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Gogglebox Australia
Gogglebox Australia Title Card.jpeg
GenreReality Television
Narrated byJo Van Es
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons10
No. of episodes91 (as of 16 October 2019) (list of episodes)
Production
Production location(s)Melbourne, Victoria and Sydney, New South Wales
Running time50 minutes
Production company(s)Shine Australia
Release
Original networkNetwork 10 (free-to-air)
LifeStyle (Pay TV)
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release11 February 2015 (2015-02-11) –
present
External links
Official website (Network 10)
Official website (The LifeStyle Channel)

Gogglebox Australia is an Australian reality television programme. It is an adaptation of the British series of the same name. The series, which is produced by Shine Australia,[1] is a co-production between subscription television (STV) channel Lifestyle (owned by Foxtel) and free-to-air (FTA) network Network 10.[2] It airs on Lifestyle first, and then airs on Network 10 a day later.[2]

Production[edit]

The concept of Gogglebox Australia is based on the 2013 British reality show Gogglebox, in which people watch and comment on the week's popular television shows and films in their own homes.[3] Producers chose ten households, featuring "a cross-section of modern Australian society, from larrikins to gays, from migrant families to battlers, yuppies and empty-nesters", to discuss the shows.[3] The cast are filmed with remote-controlled cameras, while the crew stay out of their way in other parts of the house.[3]

Voiceover artist Jo Van Es narrates the series. She initially had doubts that she would secure the role following her audition, and thought it would be a short contract.[4] Van Es read a sample of the script without viewing the footage, which she described as "a little bit tricky", and she was told to give a largely neutral delivery.[4] She said, "I thought, 'This is a weird concept for a show. It will probably be something I do for a little while and it will disappear into the winds like a lot of jobs do.' But it's just grown and grown."[4] Van Es starts her recordings during Tuesday afternoons and the sessions last for around an hour. When footage of a certain scene is not available to view, the writers and producers explain to Van Es how the tone of the narration should be and what words to emphasise.[4] Over the seasons, Van Es's delivery has added more sass compared to the "straight" narration style of the early seasons.[4]

Ten episodes of Gogglebox Australia were initially commissioned.[3] The first season aired on The LifeStyle Channel (later rebranded Lifestyle) and Network Ten between February and April 2015. At the conclusion of its debut season, the series was renewed for a second season,[5] which premiered on STV on 30 September 2015, and on FTA on 1 October 2015.[6]

On 21 September 2015, the series was renewed for a third season;[7] which premiered on STV on 6 April 2016, and on FTA on 7 April 2016.[8] On 8 February 2016, it was announced a fourth season had been commissioned;[9] which premiered on STV on 24 August 2016, and on FTA on 25 August 2016.[10]

On 4 November 2016, the series was renewed for a fifth season, which premiered on 15 February 2017.[11][12][13] The series was later renewed for a sixth season, which premiered on 4 October 2017.[14]

In November 2017, Foxtel announced that the series was renewed for two further seasons to air in 2018, with each season to increase from eight to 10 episodes.[15] The ninth season premiered on 6 February 2019.[16]

Cast[edit]

Viewers Duration About (Information)
Symon and Adam Season 1– Best mates and larrikins, the physiotherapy students met on a university pub crawl in Melbourne. In the season 3 premiere, it was announced Symon and Adam had graduated from university and begun their careers.
Anastasia and Faye Season 1– Both born in Melbourne to Greek parents.
The Dalton family Season 1– Parents Matt, Kate, and their two daughters, Holly and Millie
The Delpechitra family Season 1– Parents Patrick and Tracey, sons Wendel and Ethan, daughter Vestal. Patrick and Tracey moved from Sri Lanka to Australia 25 years ago and live in Sydney's west.
The Jackson family Season 1– Parents Stacey and Grant and their six children Corey, Britney, Jesse, Chase, Kane and Nate from Penrith, in western Sydney.
Keith and Lee Season 1– With two grown-up children, the pair have celebrated 30 years of marriage and live in an outer-northern suburb of Melbourne.
Mick and Di Season 1– Indigenous art dealers who have been happily married for nearly 50 years, live in inner-city Sydney.
The Silbery family Season 3– Three generations of women – great grandma Emily, mum Kerry, and daughter Isabelle – based in Melbourne.
Matty, Sarah Marie and Jad Season 6– Lebanese Australians Matty, his wife Sarah Marie, and best friend Jad are from Sydney.[17]
Tim and Leanne Season 9– Tim and Leanne are siblings from Melbourne.[18]
Angie and Yvie Season 1–8 The Sunshine Coast housemates whose place is bustling and chaotic thanks to the small circus of dogs they foster. Angie and Yvie chose to leave the show at the end of season 8 because Angie had left their house in Sydney and couldn't travel regularly to Sydney anymore.[19][20][21]
Wayne and Tom Season 1–8 The Melbourne couple met at a country dance. They have raised three children together and are engaged. The couple and their dog, Satie, share the lounge together every night. In the season 2 premiere, it was revealed that Satie had died. Wayne and Tom quit the series at the end of season 8.[22]
The Kidd family Season 1–2 Parents Stuart and Janet, son Michael, his wife Elena, and youngest son Roger from the Blue Mountains. They did not return for season 3 due to availability issues.[23]

Stuart died from suicide in May 2018. The season 8 premiere was dedicated to him.[24]

Zina and Vivian Season 3–5 Melburnian house-mates who have been friends since high school. They did not return for season 6 as Vivian had moved overseas and Zina was embarking on new adventures.[25]

Cast timeline[edit]

Viewers Seasons
1 2[26] 3[23] 4[10] 5[13] 6[14] 7 8 9 10
Symon Lovett & Adam Densten
Anastasia Katselas & Faye Kontos [note 1]
Mick & Di Kershaw [note 2]
Keith & Lee Lee [note 3]
The Dalton family
The Delpechitra family
The Jackson family
Angie Kent & Yvie Jones [note 4] [note 5]
Wayne & Tom Walsh
The Kidd family
Zina Joy & Vivian Ly
The Silbery family [note 6]
Matty Fahd, Sarah Marie & Jad Nehmetallah
Tim Lai & Leanne
Notes
  1. ^ Faye was absent for episode 1 and 2 of season 4 as she was on holiday. Anastasia was joined by her mother Angela in Faye's absence.
  2. ^ Mick & Di were absent in episodes 6 and 7 of season 4 as they were on holiday in Italy.
  3. ^ Lee & Keith were absent for episode 4 and 5 of season 2 as they were on holiday for their 30th wedding anniversary.
  4. ^ Angie & Yvie were absent for episode 6 of season 6 due to illness.
  5. ^ Angie & Yvie were absent for episode 5 of season 8 due to illness.
  6. ^ Emily was absent for episode 5 of season 8 due to illness.

Episodes[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
11011 February 2015 (2015-02-11)15 April 2015 (2015-04-15)
2830 September 2015 (2015-09-30)18 November 2015 (2015-11-18)
386 April 2016 (2016-04-06)25 May 2016 (2016-05-25)
4824 August 2016 (2016-08-24)12 October 2016 (2016-10-12)
5815 February 2017 (2017-02-15)5 April 2017 (2017-04-05)
684 October 2017 (2017-10-04)22 November 2017 (2017-11-22)
7107 February 2018 (2018-02-07)11 April 2018 (2018-04-11)
81029 August 2018 (2018-08-29)31 October 2018 (2018-10-31)
9116 February 2019 (2019-02-06)17 April 2019 (2019-04-17)
101014 August 2019 (2019-08-14)16 October 2019 (2019-10-16)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result Ref.
2016 Logie Awards of 2016 Best Factual Program Won [27]
6th AACTA Awards Best Light Entertainment Television Series Nominated [28]
2017 Logie Awards of 2017 Best Factual Program Won [29]
Most Outstanding Factual or Documentary Program Nominated
2018 Logie Awards of 2018 Most Popular Entertainment Program Won [30]
8th AACTA Awards Best Entertainment Program Nominated [31]
2019 Logie Awards of 2019 Most Popular Entertainment Program Won [32]
Most Outstanding Entertainment Program Nominated [32]
9th AACTA Awards Best Factual Entertainment Program Pending [33]

Spin-off[edit]

On 4 November 2016, a spin-off series titled Common Sense Australia was commissioned, which similar to Gogglebox Australia is a local adaptation of a British series of the same name, and is jointly commissioned by both Foxtel and Network Ten.[11][34]

International broadcasts[edit]

The sister channel of the UK version of the show, E4, has picked up the third series beginning on 3 June 2018.[35]

References[edit]

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  12. ^ Byrnes, Holly (21 January 2017). "Gogglebox favourites Wayne andTom to introduce new family member Brandy Snaps to fans". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
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  35. ^ http://www.channel4.com/programmes/gogglebox-australia

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