Gogglebox looking for new family to join hit Channel 4 show

Gogglebox is searching for new families to give their reactions from the comfort of their home to the latest offerings on the box.

The popular Channel 4 show has been running since 2013 but has recently come under fire for the lack of Scottish representation.

Douglas Ross, the Scottish Conservative leader has put pressure on the programme to have more families from his home nation.

He spoke to the Westminster’s Scottish Affairs Committee in September and even put his own family forward to appear on the unique reality show.

When fellow members of the crowd began chuckling, the MP told the Committee: "The response from my colleagues in the committee room suggests that is not a viable option."

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Since that committee, the chief executive of Channel 4 has replied and addressed a number of issues.

The letter responded to Scottish concerns about opportunities for young people, TV complaints and representation on Gogglebox.

There has not been a Scottish family on the hit show since 2016. Although one of Scotland's finest exports, Martin Compston, did appear on Celebrity Gogglebox last year.

Chief executive Alex Mahon told MPs in September that, "it would be better to have a Scottish family" on Gogglebox.

She also wrote in her letter: "We have agreed a separate budget for a dedicated casting team specifically tasked with finding a suitable Scottish family".

The TV boss added: "The casting period is already under way and will run up to Christmas. The ambition is to identify at least one Scottish family who will become part of the Gogglebox cast for the next series, which will air in the new year."

Chairman of the Scottish Affairs Committee in Westminster, Pete Wishart has welcomed Channel 4's response to some Scot's concerns they were not represented on the channel's flagship show, watched by millions every week.

In response to the action taken by Channel 4, he said: "We are bursting at the seams with talent in Scotland, and I am pleased to hear Channel 4's efforts to harness this potential. A theme which came up in our evidence session was the lack of a Scottish family on Gogglebox."

The hit show has spawned the careers of some familiar faces, including Scarlett Moffatt, Amy Tapper and Pete Sandiford. But, there's been no household names from north of the border recently.

Pete Wishart continued: "It is clear some have approached the channel with similar concern, often offering themselves as an option.

"I am therefore pleased to see a dedicated team tasked with this and look forward to seeing the successful family on our screens in the new series."

Gogglebox continues Fridays at 9pm on Channel 4.

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