Our Friday nights are back to normality again, as Gogglebox returns for series 17.
The new series will see the armchair critics back in their spots as they give us their verdict on the latest television programmes.
Narrated by The Royle Family’s Craig Cash, the long-running show will take us inside the living rooms of Jenny and Lee, Ellie and Izzie and many more as they give their verdict on the latest TV shows.
However, there has been a slight change to the Gogglebox cast this year, as Tom Malone who takes part on the show alongside his family recently announced he was quitting the show after six years.
Here’s everything we know so far about Gogglebox’s 2021 series.
When is Gogglebox back on TV?
Series 17 will kick off on Channel 4 on Friday 26th February at 9pm.
Series 16 came to an end back in December, with cast members Lee and Jenny teasing their return in the New Year.
In a recorded Christmas message to fans on Twitter, Lee said: “We’ll be back in February!”
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.
While the line-up for the upcoming series has not yet been officially announced, a few Gogglebox cast members from previous seasons have hinted at their return to the sofa.
Lee and Jenny have confirmed that they’ll be back in February.
Tom Malone recently 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 on 26th February.