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As one who has dallied amongst the world of Gogglebox before, the start of a new series has strengthened my resolve to watch an entire series if I can. For those who aren’t familiar with the UK reality hit, Gogglebox simply films viewers’ reactions while they watch popular TV shows in their living rooms. For example in the first episode of the new series, the following were observations made by some of the Gogglebox families:

  • Ant and Dec are on equal footing with Stephen Fry as national treasures.
  • All the families (or a least representatives within each family) were in favor of helping the Syrian refugees and were embarrassed that it took so long for PM David Cameron to act.
  • Most were not fooled by the X Factor stunt of singer Bupsi switching from a laid back version of ‘All My Loving’ to a raunchy, bluesy number in Tina Turner style and treating Simon Cowell to a lap dance in the process.
  • The Great British Bake-Off continues to be popular as well as the consumption of vol-a-vents.

While the concept may sound simple and a little bit passive, it’s the people who invite us into their homes that make the show compelling. It’s a diverse group of families and friends with a wide range of personalities and unique chemistry between them. Here are five of my favorite combos who make Gogglebox must-see telly.

Sandy and Sandra 

image credit Studio Lambert, All3Media, Channel 4

image credit Studio Lambert, All3Media, Channel 4

Sandy Channer and Sandra Martin hail from Brixton and are Gogglebox veterans from the very first series. Best friends for forty years, the two women are larger than life and very animated to say the least. Neither are afraid to accessorize nor speak their minds. Their joie de vivre is contagious making this duo a delight to watch particularly when they get surprised or excited about what they’re watching.

 

Stephen and Chris

image credit Studio Lambert, All3Media and Channel 4

image credit Studio Lambert, All3Media and Channel 4

Christopher Steed and Stephen Webb are hairdressers from Brighton. They too have been part of Gogglebox from the beginning. Reportedly they were a couple at the start and have since broken up, but obviously remain good mates. Their trademark viewing style is sort of snarky, but they often say the things I’m thinking so that’s nice to feel that we are partners in cynicism. They are also known to take the piss out of one another, but that’s what friends do. However,when the subject matter calls for it, they can be as serious and touched by tragedy as any other Goggleboxer.

 

June and Leon

image credit Studio Lambert, All3Media and Channel 4

Another couple who’ve invited Gogglebox viewers into their home since day one is June and Leon Bernicoff, retired teachers from Liverpool. Viewers like this pair as much for their bickering as they do for their comments on the TV offerings of the day. They don’t seem too keen on people who are famous just for being on the telly which might be sort of ironic. But it’s the underlying affection behind Leon’s flirtatiously rude banter and June’s patient eye-rolling and diet monitor duties that endears us to this couple who’ve endured for over five decades.

 

The Siddiquis

credit image Studio Lambert, All3Media, Channel 4

credit image Studio Lambert, All3Media, Channel 4

Sid Siddiquis and his sons Umar and Baasit live in Derby and have charmed us with their insightful remarks and engaging family anecdotes for all five series so far. The trio (and sometimes a third son, Raza) are not as audacious as some of their Gogglebox counterparts, but this makes a for a good balance on the show. They can intelligently discuss some of the more sober topics they watch on the news or in documentaries but the low key humor between them is always natural and never mean spirited.

 

The Moffats

image credit Studio Lambert, All3Media, Channel 4

image credit Studio Lambert, All3Media, Channel 4

Mum Betty, daughter Scarlett and dad Mark haven’t been around the Gogglebox quite as long (only since series three) but these Northerners from County Durham are perfectly amusing. Scarlett definitely takes the lead when it comes to entertaining quips and observations but her parents get in there with some good witticisms too. I think what resonates about this family for me is they remind me of of the pure pleasure I get from watching TV with my own grown children.

Do you have a favorite Gogglebox clan? And more significantly, which grouping reminds you most of your family or pals?

 

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