Gogglebox star Mary Killen initially reluctant to sign up to series ‘She’s not a pushover’
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Gogglebox producers approach members of the public who they believe will give an entertaining opinions on the latest television with Mary Killen and Giles Wood recommended to bosses. Creator Tania Alexander explained a friend suggested they could be good additions to the show and the popular couple have been a hit ever since they first appeared.
Reflecting on how they managed to convince Mary and Giles to sign up, Tania recalled: “A friend of a friend recommended [them] and then I think I got [producer] Lucy Whelan to call to see if they were interested.”
“Lucy came off the phone and said Giles is quite keen, Mary’s not a pushover.
“We’ve got a bit of a battle on our hands there.”
Mary and Giles were given the chance to take part in a “taster” session before committing to being regulars on Gogglebox.
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It comes as fellow creator Stephen Lambert explained participants can’t “sign up” or “audition” to appear on the show.
Instead, producers head off around the UK to find the perfect families to take part.
He added to Radio Times: “Everybody on Gogglebox has been found and persuaded to be on the show.
“I think that’s the key to why they are likeable and why the show works, because we get to know these people.
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“We’ve never advertised for people on Gogglebox.”
Mary recently revealed she can no longer drink alcohol after being struck down with food poisoning.
The Gogglebox regular has been unable to enjoy a glass of wine for the past three years after she was left vomiting due to the illness.
She believes she was struck down after eating “grubby” vegetables from the garden and had to take a course of antibiotics.
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“Immediately afterward, I found I couldn’t face alcohol,” Mary detailed. “I remember going to a house party on the Isle of Mull a short time later.
“All sorts of wonderful wines were being served and I couldn’t touch any of them.
“It made me recoil — reminding me of when I was pregnant with our two daughters, both of whom are now in their 20s,” she told Mail Online.
“It has completely lost its appeal. I don’t even like the smell of it.”
Meanwhile, it has been confirmed the Tapper family will not be returning to the Channel 4 series.
An insider explained: “The Tapper family was part of Gogglebox for five years and they loved it.
“But they don’t have any plans to return. They have moved on.”
Gogglebox continues Friday on Channel 4 at 9pm.
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