'Gogglebox' Welsh language version to launch with 'Gogglebocs Cymru'
Gogglebox is set to expand with a new Welsh language version, called Gogglebocs Cymru.
The hit Channel 4 show which features family and friends giving their thoughts on the week's TV as they watch it has also launched spin-offs Celebrity Gogglebox, Vlogglebox and Gogglesprogs, but will now add to its stable with a regular Welsh version.
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Public broadcaster S4C, the world's only Welsh language channel, has announced plans to make the programme and is inviting production companies to pitch for the series, due to air from late autumn 2022.
A statement about Gogglebocs Cymru says: "The casting will need to reflect modern Wales in its entirety and the series will play a key commissioning role in the year of the Channel’s 40th birthday. Its aim with the casting process will be to celebrate Welsh characters around Wales and Welsh speakers in and around the rest of the UK."
Gogglebox has already seen 40 versions of the popular show launched around the world after its success in the UK.
Stars of the original series have included Scarlett Moffatt, the Siddiqui family, Stephen Webb, Kate Bottley, Leon and June Bernicoff, Stephanie and Dominic Parker, and Sandi Bogle.
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S4C’S chief content officer LLinos Griffin-Williams said: “I am thrilled that Channel 4 has, for the first time, made an exception with one of their most valued formats, by agreeing to release exclusivity of Gogglebox in the UK to S4C. As two public service broadcasters, with a close and collaborative working relationship, we are delighted to be entrusted with such an important brand.”
Gogglebox's most famous contributor, Moffatt, has gone on to win I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! and now has her own TV career.
Bogle and George Gilbey went on to take part in Celebrity Big Brother, while Dominic Parker was a contestant on The Jump and featured in a documentary with his wife Stephanie where they hosted Nigel Farage at their B&B for a boozy weekend, as well as taking part in Celebrity Hunted.
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