How 'Gogglebox' is still being filmed during coronavirus lockdown

Amy Johnson
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Lee's moved into Jenny's caravan so they can continue filming together. (Channel 4)
Lee's moved into Jenny's caravan so they can continue filming together. (Channel 4)

Gogglebox is still continuing to air despite social distancing rules due to the coronavirus pandemic and some fans might be wondering just how it's possible to keep it going.

The beauty of the show having always been filmed at the cast members' homes is that it's been able to continue throughout lockdown, albeit with some minor adjustments.

Channel 4 has explained that the cameras in the living rooms of the cast were now rigged, meaning they are fixed in place.

The broadcaster told Digital Spy it allowed "the families to take part without any contact from crew".

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Ian Katz, the Director of Programming for Channel 4, said: ”The coronavirus outbreak is an enormous creative challenge for all broadcasters and though it is having a profound impact on getting some of our productions onto screen, it’s also a time when public service broadcasters like Channel 4 can step up and help people navigate through the extraordinary challenges we all now face.”

The cameras have now been rigged up to capture the casts' reactions. (Channel 4)
The cameras have now been rigged up to capture the casts' reactions. (Channel 4)

Meanwhile, Gogglebox favourites Jenny Newby and Lee Riley have managed to keep filming together as Lee has moved into his long-time pal's caravan in Hull.

He let fans in on the good news via Twitter, as he wrote: "Well what can we say it’s Friday and it’s still on #Gogglebox. Jenny and me watching together as we are both on lockdown TOGETHER friends with no benefits I may add. An hour of laughs stay safe stay well #StayHomeSavesLives."

The show's creator Tania Alexander has been giving updates and a behind-the-scenes look at how the show is being put together.

She's shared a photo of the programme's narrator Craig Cash recording his voiceover from home, fashioning himself a sound booth out of cushions.

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Ahead of the show's first airing after lockdown was announced by Boris Johnson, Alexander tweeted that there had been some "monumental challenges" in getting the programme together.

She explained that Gogglebox was now working in a "completely different way" in order for it to be kept on screens on Friday nights.