Gogglebox Australia returns for a second season September 30th, and we talk to three of the families to find how their lives have changed... or not
A show on television about people being filmed while watching television, Gogglebox is intimate, strangely addictive and most importantly, hilarious viewing. Gogglebox is the brainchild of Stephen Lambert, the man behind shows such as Wife Swap and Undercover Boss – it was an unexpected ratings success in the UK, and followed suit here. The cast is back for a second season.
In this excerpt from the September issue of the Foxtel Magazine, we chatted to some of the Goggleboxers about how their lives have changed.
Q: Do you get recognised in public?
Wayne: So many people have asked for selfies. Even travelling through Europe we were recognised. We were on a ferry to an isolated Italian fishing village when these two New Yorkers asked if we were Wayne and Tom from Australia. Apparently we have a cult following in New York!
Tom & Wayne
Q: Are you used to being ‘famous’?
Angie: We didn’t want to watch ourselves, but it was too hard not to. We were being asked questions so to support social media we had to watch ourselves to [be able to] answer.
Q: Did you find it easy to forget you were being filmed?
Kate (Mum - the Daltons): The hardest thing to stop doing when filming is bantering with our crew.
Q: Did you watch yourselves on TV? If so, what did you think?
Tom: I have always hated hearing my voice on tape. Watching myself was strange. It has made me realise how mean I am to Wayne… and I still hate my voice!
Q: There must be rules when you’re making a TV show. What’s the hardest thing to remember?
Yvie: The only rule was not to say the word Gogglebox. Every time we needed to pass lady wind (like a trucker), we’d say Gogglebox as we knew it wouldn’t be aired!
Q: Have you been surprised how emotional the experience of making Gogglebox has been?
Millie (Daughter - The Daltons): I feel like such a crybaby! I got extremely emotional during the live baiting show. I had never even heard of it before. At first I found it embarrassing, but then friends and school staff told me they were crying too.
Q: Wayne and Tom: you guys are showing Australia a different type of family – one that may not be the stereotypical perception of a gay couple.
Wayne: What made me stop and think were the messages about how we are changing the way people see gay parents. One message brought me to tears. A girl – I’m not sure if she was gay or straight – wrote a message that went, “Thank you, because of you my father has changed the way he views same-sex marriage.”