Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - FRONT PAGE - with Leah An­der­son Byrne

SHOW: Gog­gle­box Aus­tralia CHAN­NEL: TEN TIME: 8.30pm, Thurs­day

WELL, here I am, re­view­ing a show about peo­ple re­view­ing shows. But what a great show it is. Based on the UK smash hit of the same name, Gog­gle­box is a weekly ob­ser­va­tional se­ries which cap­tures the re­ac­tions of or­di­nary Aus­tralians, like you and me, as they watch the news, ar­gue over pol­i­tics, cheer their favourite sports teams and di­gest cur­rent af­fairs and doc­u­men­taries. Ten cho­sen house­holds are rigged with spe­cial cam­eras to cap­ture ev­ery un­pre­dictable mo­ment. The pure, raw re­ac­tions you see on your own TV screen aren’t un­like your own when watch­ing the range of con­tent across the chan­nels. There are some favourites, of course, my par­tic­u­lar house­hold be­ing Adam and Sy­mon who con­tin­u­ously wear kooky and colour­ful socks while watch­ing their pro­grams, and the Delpe­chi­tra fam­ily who can al­ways make me gig­gle. For the most part, the show is comedic, but oc­ca­sion­ally the fam­i­lies will have to set­tle down and watch an up­set­ting doc­u­men­tary or news item and it re­ally does bring the mood down. But it also shows the emo­tions that we all can ex­pe­ri­ence when watch­ing sim­i­lar pro­grams, and it shows all of us watch­ing at home that it’s per­fectly nor­mal. Gog­gle­box is some­thing that a lot of peo­ple could do eas­ily, and a lot of peo­ple would love to do, it’s just so fun. Imag­ine be­ing able to do your nightly rou­tine of watch­ing any­thing and ev­ery­thing on tele­vi­sion, in the com­fort of your couch, but you’re be­ing paid. Sign me up.

◆ IN THE HOT SEAT: Gog­gle­box takes us into the homes of 10 Aus­tralian house­holds as they watch their favourite TV shows.

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