Here’s your complete guide to the 2014 Gogglebox cast of families, including names, hometowns and ages, plus some interesting trivia. Series 3 starts at the new time of 9:00pm on Friday, 7 March, 2014 on Channel 4, with catch-up on 4oD.
Update: The Gogglebox series 4 start date has now been set for Friday 26 September, 2014. End of update.
So if your watching the programme and wondering: What’s the families names? Are they together? How old’s she? Where do they live? Whats the name of the Gogglebox theme tune? Or anything else that may be driving you nuts, hopefully this page has the details your looking for.
We’ll also introduce you to two of this years new households: Joe and Josh from West London, and the Carr family from Birmingham. If earlier series are anything to go by, there could yet be more new families added to the Gogglebox lineup as the weeks go by.
Sandy and Sandra
Sandy Channer, age 48 and Sandra Martin, 52, are best friends from Brixton, London. Sandra has four children and two grandchildren and has been best friends with Sandy for over 40 years.
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Stephanie and Dominic Parker
Often referred to by viewers as the ‘Posh Couple’, Steph (47) and Dom (49) own and run The Salutation, a high-end bed & breakfast in Sandwich, Kent, which has previously played host to both royal and celebrity guests. Stephanie used to work for NATO and the European Commission while Dominic previously ran the family steel business. The couple who have been married for 16 years, after first meeting on a blind date, are regularly accompanied on the sofa by their beloved sausage dog, Gigi.
With series 3 of Gogglebox set to run for 12 weeks, let’s hope they’ve got the drinks cabinet well stocked.
The Tapper Family
Jonathan (46), wife Nikki (41) and children Josh (16) and Amy (14). This Jewish couple have lived in North London for the last 17 years. Jonathan used to own a kosher restaurant but is now working as an executive chauffeur, while Nikki works as a nursery teacher.
While watching Sarah Beeny’s stately home on series 2 of Gogglebox, Josh commented: “97 bedrooms but I bet it’s in a crap area.”
June and Leon
June (76) and husband Leon (79) are retired teachers from Liverpool who’ve been married for 54 years. June used to teach English, while Leon was a history teacher. When the pair aren’t sat in front of the telly, Leon is a keen bridge player, while June likes a bit of swimming. The couple have two daughters: Helen and Julie, plus three grandchildren.
Fortunately for Leon, with the X Factor not currently on our screens, he won’t have to tolerate the likes of Gary Barlow and “Nickel skirt singer” this series.
Chris and Stephen
Chris Steed (37) and Stephen Webb (42) first met nine years ago and both now work as hairdressers. Stephen spends much of his time at Chris’ bungalow in Brighton, where the pair love to chill out in front of the telly with a nice takeaway. The bungalow is also home to Chris’ beloved cat ‘Ginge’.
During series 2, while viewing the documentary ‘7 Days of The Fuhrer’, Stephen stated “Hitler was born with teeth….born with teeth.”
The Michael Family
Retired hotelier Andrew (55) and wife Carolyne (52) have been married for 28 years. The couple live together in Brighton with their son Louis (17) and daughters Katie (24) and Alex (23). Katie has returned from Australia after travelling for six months, while Alex is currently studying for her Masters in Computer science.
Andrew and Carolyne also have a son called Pascal, who’s studying Neuroscience at Aberdeen.
The Siddiqui Family
Dad Sid (69) (real name Mohammed) from Derby, used to be an engineer, but now works in the Healthcare industry. Born in Pakistan, Sid moved to Derby when he was 16-years-old. Following an arranged marriage, he’s now been with his wife for 37 years. The couple have two daughters and three sons.
On Gogglebox, we always see Sid watching TV with his sons Umar (36) and Baasit (31). Umar works as a Microbiologist in a hospital and is the families only single son, with Baasit having got married just under a year ago.
During last years series of the X Factor, Baasit pointed out “You know it’s a shit performance when the only thing Dermot pays compliment to is the stage set.”
Linda, Pete and George
Pete (63) and Linda (64) who live in Clacton-On-Sea, have been married for seventeen years. Pete and stepson George are very close, with George calling him Dad. Linda who’s a carer, and Pete who works as an electrician, grew up in London’s East End but now live by the seaside. George recently moved back home with his parents after he and his long term partner broke up.
Update: In August of 2014, George Gilbey entered the house to take part in Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother. The funniest thing being, despite not having genuine celeb status, the 30-year-old is probably the most recognisable face in the lineup.
Bill and Josef
Bill (66) met Josef (68) seventeen years ago at a Monopoly charity walk and the pair have been friends ever since. Bill, who works as a journalist, is a former British Chess Champion and has represented our country multiple times. Josef’s an accountant and avid ‘gamer’ who first got into card and board games aged fourteen. He’s currently none other than the World Cluedo and Scottish Monopoly Champion.
William Hartston and Josef Kollar are both currently living in Cambridge.
The Carr Family (originally planned but yet to appear)
Head of the Carr household is Grandma Ann (89), who moved to Birmingham from Jamaica back in the 1960’s. Since her husband passed away, she has lived alone, but daughter, Verona (52), spends all her spare time with her mum, cooking for her and taking her to church. Regular visitors to Ann’s home also include Nate (30), who happens to be the first of her 49 grandchildren.
When not with Grandma Ann, Verona works as a health care assistant, while Nate is a gospel choir manager. In addition to her 49 grandchildren, Ann also has 44 great grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren and even 3 great-great-great grandchildren. So how she finds time to watch telly, I don’t know.
Joe and Josh (originally planned but yet to appear)
Josh Townsend (20) and Joe Teulon (19) currently study forensic science together at Kingston University. The pair have been best friends ever since Joe spotted Josh outside class, reading a comic. Like a real-life Leonard and Sheldon from ‘The Big Bang Theory’, when not studying, Joe and Josh love to read comic books, discuss superpowers, visit comic stores and collect superhero memorabilia.
Josh loves acquiring Star Wars’ clone trooper outfits to wear to, you guessed it, comic book conventions. Where else you gonna wear them?
Form an orderly queue ladies as Joe and Josh currently live at home with their families in West London. Joe lives with his mum, dad and sister, but along with Josh, spends much of his time watching telly and reading comics in his bedroom.
The Moffatt Family
Dad Mark, mum Betty and daughter Scarlett Moffatt live in County Durham, in the North East of England.
Scarlett Sigourney Moffatt has previously starred on the 2013 MTV reality series ‘Beauty School Cop Outs’. According to her Twitter account, this young lady is a ‘Self confessed geek & JD lover with an addiction to fake tan & taking selfies!’
Reverend Kate Bottley (39) and husband Graham. Kate is the vicar for Ranskill, Blyth and Scrooby, with the Channel 4 filming taking place in Blyth. Graham meanwhile, works as a music teacher.
The Woerdenweber Family
Probably known best to viewers as the German family, this household from The Wirral is made up of Vivien, her German husband Ralph, her daughter Eve and Eve’s mysterious boyfriend ‘Silent’ Jay. When the group first appeared on our screens back in 2013, I thought the shows producers were editing things to make it look as if Jay never speaks, for comedy value. But as time has gone on, it appears what you see is what you get.
Finally a drinking game which promotes teetotalism, every time Jay makes a comment, you gotta down your drink.
It could of course be that the guys a genius, has every matter all ready figured out and resolved in his own mind, and therefore has no need to debate with others on such trivial matters as TV. Or it could simply be Jay’s form of protest against what he may see as the dumbing down of British television.
What is the Gogglebox theme tune?
The shows theme music is performed by the Irish rock band ‘Kodaline’. Featuring the lyrics ‘In a perfect world’, the song is simply titled ‘Perfect World’. If you’d like to hear more of this catchy track, here’s the full version, along with it’s official video:
With the Channel 4 show being loosely based on the classic BBC sitcom ‘The Royle Family’, it’s only fitting that the Gogglebox voice over is done by the comedy series’ star Caroline Aherne. During part of series 2, fellow Royle Family actor and creator Craig Cash, filled in for Caroline and now voices the series 3 sponsorship segments that feature ‘Sofaworks’ sloth Neal.