Unscripted

MIPTV Picks 2014: Gogglebox

We've all done it - sat in front of the TV with friends and/or loved ones and indulged in a running commentary of what we've been watching. But who knew that commentary could be just as entertaining as the programming itself, if not more so?
March 21, 2014


Partners: Studio Lambert for Channel 4; format distributed by All3Media International
Length: format – 4 x 60 minutes
Premiered: 2013 (Channel 4, UK)
Rights available: Format rights available for world excluding UK and U.S.

We’ve all done it – sat in front of the TV with friends and/or loved ones and indulged in a running commentary of what we’ve been watching. But who knew that commentary could be just as entertaining as the programming itself, if not more so? Studio Lambert’s Gogglebox points its cameras at average television viewers, reacting to programming that aired in the seven days prior to each episode. While it looks deceptively simple, the production process is intense, with crews shooting in various homes over several nights to grab the good stuff. The end result is hilarious, eye-opening and somewhat heartwarming, as we see in Gogglebox a reality that many had consigned to the past – the power of television to bring people together, even if only to poke fun at the presenter.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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