Everybody’s got an opinion
Gogglebox Australia, a meta-reality show where viewers watch people watching — in the main — other reality shows, is a true success story. The combined audience, split between Foxtel’s Lifestyle channel and free-to-air channel Ten, has topped the one million mark on occasion.
Little wonder, then, that Gogglebox’s creators at Endemol Shine have decided to create a spinoff along the same lines: Common Sense, starting this week.
It features a cast of everyday Australians across 10 workplaces discussing news, current affairs, sport and popular culture (while they are supposed to be working). They are hairdressers, removalists, retirees, real estate agents, vegetable vendors, bra saleswomen and butchers. It’s quite brilliant.
In this first episode, we see every shade of opinion about Malcolm Turnbull’s impression of US President Donald Trump at the recent press Common Sense gallery Midwinter Ball in Canberra, reactions to the class-action settlement for the Manus Island detainees, and the dilemma of the parents of an alleged armed robber who turned him into the police.
Their reactions to these events are hilarious, surprising and very human. Not only is it entertaining but you could well imagine it could be seen in time as an unofficial focus group on important issues, one to which our politicians in particular might begin to pay close attention.
It takes the innovative format of Gogglebox, which is undermined by the loathsome nature of the reality TV shows its subjects are watching and discussing, and elevates it.
In time, Common Sense may even become more popular than its predecessor. Thursday, 8.30pm, Ten. (Wednesday, 7.30pm, Lifestyle.)
Two of the everyday participants who contribute their views to