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Gogglebox Producers On The Hunt For New Talent

Gogglebox Producers On The Hunt For New Talent

Gogglebox producers are on the lookout for new talent after the show lost four of its beloved cast members this year

Tom Sanders

Tom Sanders

Reckon you've got what it takes to be a Goggleboxer? Channel 4 bosses have announced that they're on the lookout for new talent to bring laughs and good vibes to the nation's living rooms after a string of tragedies befell the cast this year.

The hit reality show has risen to become a national institution and one of the most beloved programmes on British TV, snagging multiple BAFTAs along the way, and now showrunners are looking to add some fresh faces into the mix by introducing people who 'don't want to be on telly.'

Chris Steede and Stephen Webb on their sofa in Channel 4's Gogglebox
Chris Steede and Stephen Webb on their sofa in Channel 4's Gogglebox

Executive producer Victoria Ray outlined the kind of people she was looking for, telling The Daily Star that the key to the show's success is its ability to find people who don't fit the mould of a typical TV star.

"The ideal people are ones who don't know that they're funny. We like people who are charismatic, engaging and don't necessarily see themselves as TV personalities.

"We like to pick people who don't want to be on the telly."

Victoria also explained that in terms of making an impact on the show, those who are able to speak without thinking - such as fan favourites Jenny and Lee or sisters Ellie and Izzie, always tend to do well.

"It's good when they have no filter because then they don't second-guess themselves when they're talking.

"We basically want people that you warm to and you want to see in your living rooms."

The casting call comes after the show lost a number of beloved cast members this year after a string of personal tragedies.

Gogglebox Star Pete McGarry Died Just Days After Being Told He Had Months To Live.

The first incident occurred back in June, when much-loved cast member Pete McGarry died suddenly at the age of 71.

His tragic passing was a blow to fans of the show, as was the announcement that his beloved widow Linda would not be returning without him.


Similarly devastating was the news that long-running Goggleboxer Andrew Michael had passed away aged 61, leaving his grieving wife Carolyne and their two children Alex and Louis with the difficult decision not to continue the show without their father.

And fan favourite Marina Wingrove will not be returning to the show either after her dear best friend Mary Cook also passed away last month at the age of 92.

The Gogglebox stars couldn't quite believe it.
Channel 4

To make matters worse, Paige Deville and her mum have also quit the show ahead of the new series, leaving another open spot for a new family to take their place in front of the cameras.

Although the producers are famously tight-lipped about the casting process for the show, they have eyes and ears everywhere. So if somebody, somewhere thinks you have what it takes to be on the show, don't be surprised if you get a phone call from Channel 4 sometime soon.

Featured Image Credit: Channel 4

Topics: TV and Film, gogglebox, UK Entertainment, TV, Channel 4