SHOW’S SUCCESS MIND-GOGGLING
IT’S the little show that could. When the concept for Gogglebox was announced, critics were sceptical of how a TV show about people watching TV would work.
“It went from the worst idea on television to now people who love it – REALLY, love it,” laughs executive producer David McDonald.
And in season three people are going to have even more to love as the show adds two new households to the mix – three generationd of the Silbery family, and high-school friends-cum-housemates Zina and Vivian.
So how did they find the latest additions to the series?
In a process far different to other shows, McDonald says producers actually went out of their way to avoid engaging people who want to star in a reality series.
Instead, they sent a team of producers onto the streets in the same way they did before season one.
“The casting for the series is pretty involved,” explains McDonald.
“You want to get people who don’t want to actually be on television. We don’t want performers, we don’t want people who are going to act up to the camera, you want them to be as natural as possible.
“There was a team of producers out there looking for people. It would be all kinds of interesting quirky things that would catch their eye and they’d think, ‘Those guys are interesting’ and then they’d go and have a chat to them. From there they go through a bit of an audition process. That’s how we found just about everyone in the show.”
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By Tiffany Dunk