Watch­ing peo­ple watch­ing TV

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South Africa is get­ting a new re­al­ity show, and it’s all about peo­ple watch­ing TV. Based on the hit UK for­mat, Gog­gle­box will see view­ers in­vited into or­di­nary peo­ple’s liv­ing rooms to watch them voic­ing their un­scripted opin­ions about what they are watch­ing on the box – whether it’s pol­i­tics, sport, news, re­al­ity TV or the lat­est dra­mas.

“This top­i­cal show is filmed seven days be­fore the episode airs, al­low­ing view­ers to ob­serve the house­holds watch­ing the week’s TV shows, en­cour­ag­ing up-to-date and at times con­tro­ver­sial dis­cus­sions,” says the chan­nel.

The peo­ple we’ll get to watch in­clude Por­tuguese mar­ried cou­ple Travis and Giselle, as well as Valen­tine and Melissa, who en­joy spend­ing their time do­ing the sim­ple things in life, such as hav­ing din­ner and drinks in front of the TV. Then there are best friends Es­lina and Mir­riam, who have been by each other’s sides since the age of 15. Lastly, there are sis­ters Tamzin and Adele, who en­joy spend­ing time to­gether but don’t al­ways agree on what to watch.

Can watch­ing other peo­ple watch­ing TV be en­ter­tain­ing? We’ll have to find out. – Grethe Koen


GOG­GLE IT The UK’s hit for­mat is now in SA

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