Gogglebox

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Gogglebox
Gogglebox logo.jpg
Genre Reality
Documentary
Directed by Tania Alexander[1]
Creative director(s) Tim Harcourt
Narrated by Caroline Aherne (2013–16)
Craig Cash (2013–)
Theme music composer Kodaline – "Perfect World" & "Brand New Day"
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 11
No. of episodes 142 (as of 1 June 2018) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Tania Alexander[2]
Camera setup Dual cameras
Running time 50 minutes (inc. adverts) (series 1–2)
60 minutes (inc. adverts) (series 3–)
Production company(s) Studio Lambert[3]
Distributor All3Media[3]
Release
Original network Channel 4
Picture format 16:9
Audio format Stereo
Original release 7 March 2013 (2013-03-07) – present
External links
Website
Production website

Gogglebox is a British reality programme that has aired on Channel 4 since 7 March 2013. The programme features a number of families and groups of friends from different places around the United Kingdom who react to British television programmes from their own homes. The programme won a BAFTA award in 2014[4] and a National Television Award in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

A "Brexit Special" episode of Gogglebox aired on 3 August 2016, in which the families commented on the result of the recent EU referendum and other current events in British politics.[5]

A version of the programme featuring only children, called 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.[6][7]

Gogglebox was narrated from its launch on 7 March 2013 until 1 April 2016 by Caroline Aherne. Aherne was diagnosed with lung cancer in late-2015, which led to her eventual death on 2 July 2016. Craig Cash regularly filled in for Aherne when she was unavailable and took over the role as narrator permanently on 8 April 2016.

On 30 May 2017, it was confirmed that a new spin-off series entitled Vlogglebox would air on E4 which features reactions from 16- to 24-year-olds as they watch online content on their smartphones, laptops or tablets.[8]

Series 12 began on 7 September 2018.

Production

The programme is a production of Studio Lambert, a company run by British media executive Stephen Lambert, who was behind other Channel 4 programmes such as Faking It, Wife Swap, Undercover Boss and The Secret Millionaire.

The Creative Director for Studio Lambert Tim Harcourt devised the format and had the original idea for the programme while he was watching the London riots.[9][10] He wondered what other people were doing while watching the news and came up with the idea of cutting between people watching the same TV programmes.[11][12]

The executive producer is Tania Alexander, who said the original idea was for the programme to be a "mix of Harry Hill and The Royle Family".[2]

Farah Ramzan Golant, the boss of All3Media, said: "Everyone loves watching TV and talking about TV. 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. It's near real-time because you're watching what happened in the seven days before. That's quite priceless. It captures a cultural response to something that's happening in the world. Gogglebox shows TV in people's living rooms is alive and well and thriving. It is asserting the indispensable role of TV in the fabric of people's lives."[3]

Filming

The programme is filmed in the viewers' homes, by two small HD remote-control cameras[13] known as "hot heads", operated by a small team elsewhere in the home that have set up a temporary production control room; the team consists of a producer/director, gallery operator, assistant, audio engineer, researcher (for live logging) and a runner.[14]

Cast

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

Cast members Series Year
Tapper family (Jonathan, Nikki and Amy) 1– 2013–
Stephen Webb 1– 2013–
Siddiqui family (Sid, Umar and Baasit) 1– 2013–
Michael family (Andrew, Carolyne, Louis, Alex and Katie) 1–4, 6– 2013–14, 2015–
Linda and Peter McGarry, and George Gilbey 2–3, 7– 2013–14, 2016–
Woerdenweber family (Ralf, Viv and Evie 2– 2013–
Bill Hartston and Josef Kollar 2– 2013–
Malone family (Tom, Julie, Tom Jnr and Shaun) 4– 2014–
Jenny and Lee 4– 2014–
Giles Wood and Mary Killen 5– 2015–
Ellie and Izzi Warner 6– 2015–
David and Shirley 6– 2015–
McCormick family (Scott, Georgia and Isaac) 7– 2016–
Plummer family (Tremaine, Twaine and Tristan) 7– 2016–
Mary and Marina 8– 2016–
Amira, Amani and Iqra 10– 2017–
Alison, George and Helena 10– 2017–
Pete and Sophie 10– 2017–
Kathy, Cilla & Elvie 11 2018–
Marcus, Mica, Sachelle and Shuggy 11– 2018
John & Beryl 12- 2018
Abbie & Georgia 12- 2018
Andrew & Fawn 12- 2018

Other appearances

As well as appearing on Gogglebox, some of the cast members have competed in other reality TV programme including Celebrity Big Brother, I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, and The Jump.

Transmissions

Gogglebox

Series Episodes Originally aired Avg. UK viewers
(millions)
First aired Last aired
1 4 7 March 2013 (2013-03-07) 28 March 2013 (2013-03-28) N/A
2 13 25 September 2013 (2013-09-25) 18 December 2013 (2013-12-18) 2.21
3 12 7 March 2014 (2014-03-07) 23 May 2014 (2014-05-23) 3.78
4 12 26 September 2014 (2014-09-26) 19 December 2014 (2014-12-19) 4.20
5 12 20 February 2015 (2015-02-20) 8 May 2015 (2015-05-08) 4.87
6 15 11 September 2015 (2015-09-11) 18 December 2015 (2015-12-18) 4.97
7 17 19 February 2016 (2016-02-19) 10 June 2016 (2016-06-10) 4.71
8 12 23 September 2016 16 December 2016 3.70
9 15 24 February 2017 2 June 2017 3.59
10 15 8 September 2017 15 December 2017 3.55
11 15 23 February 2018 1 June 2018 4.11
12 15 7 September 2018 14 December 2018 TBA

Gogglesprogs

Series Episodes Originally aired Avg. UK viewers
(millions)
First aired Last aired
1 6 17 June 2016 (2016-06-17) 22 July 2016 (2016-07-22) 1.72
2 6 9 June 2017 (2017-06-09) 28 July 2017 (2017-07-28) 1.19
3 TBA 2018 2018 TBA

Vlogglebox

Series Episodes Originally aired Avg. UK viewers
(millions)
First aired Last aired
1 6 19 June 2017 (2017-06-19) 23 August 2017 (2017-08-23) N/A

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"[19] 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

International versions

Australian version

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.[20] The programme started its second season on 30 September 2015,[21] and its third season in 2016. It had shown 8 episodes of the 4th season as of December 2016.

United States/Canadian version

Canadian (Bell Media),[22] 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.[3][23][24]

Gogglebox around the world

     Currently airing
     No longer airing
Country Name Channel Date aired Series
 Australia Gogglebox Australia Lifestyle and Network Ten 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: Current series

 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: Current series

Hallo televisie! Eén 6 January 2015 – 1 January 2016

Series 1, 2015
Series 2, 2016

 Finland Sohvaperunat Yle TV2 27 February 2015 – present

Series 1, 2015
Series 2, 2016
Series 3, 2017
Series 4, 2017
Series 5, 2018: Current series

 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

 Ireland Gogglebox Ireland TV3 22 September 2016 – present

Series 1, 2016
Series 2, 2017
Series 3, 2017: Current series

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

Series 1, 2014

 Italy Gogglebox Italia Italia 1 23 October 2016 – present

Series 1, 2016
Series 2, 2017

 New Zealand Gogglebox NZ Three 2018

Series 1, 2018: Current series

 Norway Sofa NRK 23 October 2014 – present

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

 Poland Gogglebox. Przed telewizorem TTV 6 September 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: Current series

 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

 Spain Aquí mando yo Antena 3 15 April 2016 Series 1, 2016
 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

References

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