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
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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