Gogglebox fans 'gutted' as they all say the same thing about latest episode

Fans of Channel 4’s popular series Gogglebox were not happy on Friday 31 May when they turned into the 16th episode of series 23 expecting the show’s families to be discussing the week’s TV, only to discover that it was actually a compilation of the best moments and the best shows from the current series.

While there were some fun comments from familiar Gogglebox faces including David and Shirley, Jenny and Lee and Simon and Jane about the shows featured, including Trigger Point, Married At First Sight Australia, Wheel of Fortune and Masterchef, it was nevertheless not what viewers at home were expecting when they tuned in for a new episode.

Pete and Sophie
Pete and Sophie on Gogglebox -Credit:sophiesandiford1/instagram
Lee and Jenny lived together during lockdown so they could continue filming Gogglebox
Gogglebox's Lee and Jenny -Credit:jennyandlee_gogglebox/Instagram

“Gogglebox is this a repeat? Pretty sure they haven’t watched The Apprentice this week,” wrote one eagle-eyed fan on X/Twitter, while another added: “Don’t ya hate it when it’s a Best of Gogglebox.”

It didn’t look like anyone was pleased with the compilation show. One fan wrote: “omg it’s a best bits - whose best bits??? I just want regular gogglebox please,” while another said: “Passing off a ‘highlights’ as a ‘new’ episode,” and a third added: “Switched off Gogglebox bc it’s a round up episode. Gutted.”

There had been some warning that last week’s Gogglebox was the last new one of the series, with Dave and Shirley signing off with a goodbye video that told fans they would be back in September. And Gogglebox fans don’t even have to wait until then for more fresh takes on the world of TV from people’s sofas, as Channel 4 have announced that Celebrity Gogglebox will return next week, on Friday 7 June.

Gogglebox favourites Dave and Shirley Griffiths
Dave and Shirley revealed Gogglebox is due back in September -Credit:Instagram/Dave and Shirley Griffiths

The new series will feature the return of Jane McDonald and Sue Ravey, who now live together and were a hit with viewers after appearing in the most recent celebrity series. “Sue and I are back on Celebrity Gogglebox!” Jane wrote on Instagram. “Turn the TV on and get the snacks ready! The new series starts on Friday 7th June at 10.10pm on Channel4.”

Fans were thrilled with the announcement. “Yay! Glad to know that Sue and Jane are going to be back on Celebrity Gogglebox. Love them they’re fab to watch,” posted one viewer, while another fan of Jane’s added: “Brilliant. Both you and Sue are just the best on Celebrity Gogglebox. Looking forward to it.”

Fearne Cotton, Gok Wan, Rylan Clark, Clare Balding and Gyles Brandreth are all due to return for Celebrity Gogglebox 2024, along with Jeff Brazier and his sons Bobby and Freddie.