I turned on the television one night and saw this couple sitting on a sofa with a miniature Daschund between them, drinking and watching TV – which happened to be exactly what my partner and I were doing! If I’d just heard about it, I don’t think I would have sought it out. It doesn’t sound very promising, does it – people watching telly? It sounds like watching paint dry.
What do you love about it?
Gogglebox is about the charm and beauty of the everyday – you see people who love each other being together. It’s a very simple but clever idea because people are unguarded when they’re watching TV – it can be quite moving to see how they react to things.
Do you have a favourite among the families?
I do like the silent boy: the boy with long hair who never says anything. I adore the posh couple – Steph and Dom – they’re so funny, and of course Leon and June are probably the nation’s favourite, and not forgetting Sandra and Sandy… I love them all, actually.
Could you be tempted onto it?
No! I’d be in my trackie bottoms scratching myself and nobody needs to see that.
What the shortlist judges say
“It’s very hard to find a new format that captures the public’s imagination, but this concept has transcended expectations. That comes down to some fantastic casting – the people on their sofas have almost become characters in a soap and you want to follow them. It’s not a show about TV; it’s a show about modern Britain.” Robin Parker, Broadcast
The Radio Times Audience Award is the only prize at this year’s Television Awards chosen by the public. The shortlist was drawn up by a panel of top TV critics but the final decision lies with you. Your winner will be announced on Sunday 18 May 2014 on BBC One.