Channel 4’s long-running reality show Gogglebox continues tonight, with our favourite armchair experts sharing their thoughts on the week’s biggest TV moments.
The show is now onto its 18th series, with the show first airing in 2013, and while we’ve watched hours of other people watching TV, we’ve loved every minute of it – as demonstrated by Gogglebox’s recent win at the National Television Awards.
In tonight’s episode, the Gogglebox 2021 cast are sitting down to watch the dramatic finale of Vigil as well as Strictly Come Dancing, Come Dine With Me and Andrew Marr’s recent interview with Keir Starmer among other TV highlights from the week.
Here’s everything you need to know about Gogglebox series 18 ahead of tonight’s episode.
When is Gogglebox back on TV?
Series 18 of Gogglebox started on Friday, 17th September at 9pm.
Series 17 kicked off on Channel 4 on Friday 26th February at 9pm, while the last celebrity series aired over the summer.
What is Gogglebox about?
Gogglebox is a reality series that sees a number of families or groups of friends across the UK watch and commentate on the various shows seen on TV that week.
The series, now narrated by Craig Cash, has been airing on Channel 4 since 2013 and has won various awards, including a BAFTA TV Award for Reality and Constructed Factual Programme.
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For the full-length series, the Gogglebox cast members tend to stay the same.
The show has had some sad news in the past 18 months, with Andy Michael, Mary Cook, Pete McGarry and June Bernicoff passing away.
Speaking at the National Television Awards 2021, Gogglebox star Julie Malone opened up on late cast members, saying: “They’re irreplaceable.”
“It was emotional. It’s a family, the show. It feels like such a loss to us. They’re irreplaceable,” she said.
“They were all such amazing people, such selfless people. They worked through lockdown, the same as we did,” she added. “We can’t imagine what the show’s going to be like without them.”
Their families have since stepped down from the show, but have been given the opportunity to return if they choose to.
For series 17, which aired earlier this year, Tom Malone announced he’d stepped down from the show, sharing a post on Instagram which read: “So after six and a half years it’s finally time to put down the remote, and to say goodbye to Gogglebox. I’ve loved every minute and I’m eternally grateful to @channel4 and @studiolambert for allowing me to be a part of the show. But new opportunities are knocking on the door and it’s time to explore them.”
He added: “I look forward to enjoying the show as a viewer and not having to worry about having said something stupid. PS. Don’t worry my family @themalonesgb and @shaunmalone95 will still be on the show to keep you guys entertained every Friday. To the future.”
A spokesperson for Channel 4 confirmed the news, saying: “Tom Malone Jr has decided to leave Gogglebox but the Malone family will continue to be part of the series. We’d like to thank him for his contributions over the years and wish him all the best for the future.”
As for new cast, the show doesn’t usually announce new members until the it airs, so it’s likely we could see some new faces when it returns.