When is Gogglebox back on? 2021 release date and cast as series continues
Everything you need to know about the much-loved Channel 4 show as it returns for an 18th series - oh, that's a lot of TV watching!
Channel 4's Gogglebox continues this weekend, this time with a celebrity special, looking back at some of the most memorable moments from the year.
Featuring some of our favourite Celebrity Gogglebox cast, such as Lorraine Kelly and her daughter Rosie, Nick Grimshaw and his niece Liv, and Mo Gilligan and Babatunde Aleshe, the one-off episode will see the celebs looking at shows from 2021.
From The Masked Dancer to First Dates, The Handmaid's Tale to Sex/Life and more, the stars will offer their expert verdict right from their sofas.
Here's everything you need to know about the Gogglebox special, including what time it's on
When is Gogglebox back on TV?
Gogglebox continues on Channel 4 tonight (Friday 17th December) at 9pm with a celebrity special, looking back at some of the most memorable moments of the year.
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Shows which will be appraised include: Secret Crush, Extreme Sisters and Quizness.
But if you just can't get enough and need a little bit more Gogglebox in your life, the series will be back for one last viewing on Friday 24th December, where it'll be the original Gogglebox cast in the hot seat as they review TV from the year.
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 sadly 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 it airs, so it's likely we could see some new faces when it returns.