Gogglebox turns 10! A look-back at the most iconic moments
Gogglebox turns 10! A look at the show’s most iconic moments – from Lee’s face mask blunder, Chris’ ‘bad boy’ jibe and Steph and Dom’s boozy antics
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- The show has proven to be one of Channel 4’s most unlikely hits, and still pulls in strong ratings after hitting screens in 2013
Gogglebox has celebrated 10 years on screen, after first hitting screens in 2013.
The show has proven to be one of Channel 4’s most unlikely hits, and still pulls in strong ratings after a decade of meme-worthy moments and breakout stars.
The concept seemed a strange one, focusing on Brits’ reactions to the week’s biggest TV moments while sat in their living rooms, and it quickly became a huge hit.
The show was originally narrated by Caroline Aherne, but following her death in 2016, her The Royle Family co-star Craig Cash stepped in, and he has voiced the show ever since.
So, as Gogglebox marks 10 years on screens with an Anniversary Special, MailOnline takes a look back at the show’s most iconic moments.
He said what? Hairdresser Stephen Webb and his then-boyfriend Chris ere the origin of one of the show’s funniest comebacks, when Chris appeared taken with Damien Lewis in Homeland
Drink up! Filming the show from their hotel in Sandwich, husband and wife duo Steph and Dom Parker left viewers in hysterics with their boozy behaviour
Stephen is appalled by Chris’ ‘bad boy’ jibe
Hairdresser Stephen Webb and his then-boyfriend Chris Ashby-Steed were two of the show’s earliest cast members appearing on the first series in 2013.
The pair were the origin of one of the show’s funniest comebacks, when Chris appeared taken with Damien Lewis’ turn as sleeper Nicholas Brody in Homeland.
Watching a scene where he is building a bomb, Chris says: ‘Well we all like a bad boy don’t we?’
An outraged Stephen then responded: ‘Yeah not a f*****g terrorist though Chris! There’s bad boy and then there’s evil!’
The jibe marked one of the show’s earliest gags, setting the stage for a slew of meme-worthy scenes in the years to come.
Steph and Dom’s boozy antics
Filming the show from their hotel in Sandwich, husband and wife duo Steph and Dom Parker left viewers in hysterics with their boozy behaviour.
One of their funniest moments came when Dom mimicked making his way down to the cellar while heading over to the alcohol cabinet, gradually going lower and lower mimicking going down the stairs into a cellar.
He said: ‘No I’m not going to the cellar, we don’t have stairs to the cellar anymore, now we have a lift’.
Losing his balance he then tipped back over the sofa, leaving himself and wife Steph in hysterics.
Sadly the pair left the programme in 2016, but went onto star in a slew of other shows, including a one-off programme where they met Nigel Farage.
Pete’s dinner is interrupted by George’s stray shoe
Pete McGarry, his wife Linda and their son George appeared on Gogglebox’s earlier series at their home in Essex.
One of the more amusing viral moments came when the family were enjoying a takeaway, and George flicked his foot in the air to remove his show.
The shoe was seny flying right into the middle of Pete’s dinner plate, leading Linda to burst out laughing.
Pete sadly passed away in June 2021 after battling bowel cancer, with many of the show’s past and present stars paying tribute.
Hang up! One episode saw siblings Pete and Sophie Sandiford attempt to call a number which had been allegedly been revealed as the personal line for then-Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Pete and Sophie’s call with the PM
Brother and sister pair Pete and Sophie Sandiford are two of the show’s most beloved contributors.
One episode saw the duo attempt to call a number which had been allegedly been revealed as the personal line for then-Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
As someone picked up the phone, a frantic Sophie hung up before throwing the phone to her brother, with the pair descending into fits of laughter.
Pete joked that security service MI5 would be knocking on their door, but the entire exchange left viewers in utter hysterics.
Scarlett Moffatt’s savage one-liners
While Gogglebox has made stars out of many of hits characters, one of its biggest success stories is Scarlett Moffatt.
The reality star appeared on the show with her parents Betty and Mark from 2014 to 2016, and amused viewers with her brutal put-downs.
One of her funniest quips came while watching a spiritual medium detailing her interactions with Michael Jackson, when she said: ‘She can talk to all those dead people and not one of them told her her hairstyle is s**t.’
Scarlett left Gogglebox in 2016 when she landed a spot in the lineup for I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! and went onto be crowned Queen of The Jungle.
She recently announced that she is expecting her first child with her boyfriend Scott Dobinson.
Blast from the past: Pete McGarry, his wife Linda and their son George appeared on Gogglebox’s earlier series at their home in Essex
It’s WHAT? An iconic blunder came when Lee settled down to enjoy a bowl of crisps and what appeared to be mint dip, only for his best pal Jenny to reveal it was a face mask
Lee’s ‘face mask’ gaffe
Joining the show during its fourth series in 2014, best friends Jenny Newby and Lee Riley have become one of the series’ best double acts while reacting to TV from her caravan in Hull.
Whether it be Jenny’s weekly notebook with theories on the identity of ‘H’ in Line Of Duty, or her accidental overuse of fake tan, the pair of never been short of accidental gaffes.
An iconic blunder came when Lee settled down to enjoy a bowl of crisps and what appeared to be mint dip.
But an outraged Jenny declared that the dip was actually a face mask she’d been storing in the fridge, leading an outraged Lee to spit it out.
Oops! Retired teachers Leon Bernicoff and his wife June amused viewers when they questioned the meaning of ‘friends with benefits’ during One Born Every Minute
Dynamic duo: Married couple Giles and Mary leave viewers in hysterics with their dry takes on the week’s TV from their country cottage in Wiltshire
Leon’s lesson on ‘friends with benefits’
Retired teachers Leon Bernicoff and his wife June joined the show during its first series, and forever amused viewers with their playful banter.
During one episode, the pair were watching Channel 4’s One Born Every Minute, with a couple on the programme discussing their ‘friends with benefits’ situation.
Confused Leon asked June: ‘What does friends with benefits mean?’
Equally baffled, she replied: ‘Does it mean they’re both unemployed and they’re both unemployed?’
Leon sadly passed away in December 2017, while June died in May 2020.
Giles’ STI admission
Married couple Giles and Mary leave viewers in hysterics with their dry takes on the week’s TV from their country cottage in Wiltshire.
The pair are known for their fond nickname Nutty, and Mary’s eye-rolling at Giles’ unexpected on-screen antics.
During one Christmas Special, the pair discussed the night Giles headed into town to pick up some last-minute gifts, telling his wife: ‘I go into town at 4 o’clock on Christmas Eve and usually go a bit mad.
‘Do you remember that one year I bought everyone little tiny torches?’
Mary replied: ‘I remember the year you went and got chlamydia testing kits for the people we were going to stay with just because they were free, I thought that was a really unsuitable, mean present.’
Gogglebox’s 10th Anniversary special airs on Saturday at 9pm on Channel 4.
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