Tonight’s Gogglebox will include a special tribute to star Leon Bernicoff

The C4 sofa star died aged 83 after a short illness

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Tonight’s Gogglebox Christmas special will contain a tribute to star Leon Bernicoff, who died yesterday aged 83.

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A C4 spokesperson told Radiotimes.com that the compilation special will air “as normal”, but that the start of the episode will feature a tribute message to the late Liverpudlian. This won’t be a montage of Leon’s time in his TV chair, but viewers will see several of his best Gogglebox moments of 2017 throughout the show.

The two-hour special is set to feature highlights from the show’s 10th series, featuring Goggleboxers Giles and Mary, the Siddiquis and the Tapper family.

Leon, a retired teacher, died in hospital yesterday after a short illness. Along with his wife June, he first appeared on screen in 2013 and soon became a fan favourite for his down-to-earth humour, outspoken comments and mischievous antics.

His Gogglebox co-stars – including former cast members Scarlett Moffat, Sandra Martin and Sandi Bogle – joined celebrities such as Sue Perkins in posting condolences on Twitter.

A message from Leon and June’s Twitter account thanked all for the “wonderful messages”.

Leon met June at a dance in 1955 when he was 20 and she was 18. The couple married five years later and went on to have two daughters.

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Gogglebox 2017 is on 9pm tonight, C4