Gogglebox are on the hunt for a Scottish Family

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Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

Channel 4's Gogglebox will be casting a Scottish family on the show in the new year after viewers and a politician commented on the lack of Scots, the BBC has reported.

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross questioned the broadcaster about the fact there wasn't a Scottish family on Gogglebox during a Scottish affairs committee meeting in Westminster.

He said it was "just crazy" that there had not been a Scottish family on the programme since 2016. Channel 4 have now written to MPs to say that they are searching for a "suitable Scottish family" to appear on Gogglebox.

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

Chief executive Alex Mahon said "It would be better to have a Scottish family" and Channel 4 have now "agreed a separate budget for a dedicated casting team specifically tasked with finding a suitable Scottish family".

She continued, "The casting period is already under way and will run up to Christmas. The ambition is to identify at least one Scottish family who will become part of the Gogglebox cast for the next series, which will air in the new year."

Mahon also confirmed that half of the complaints Channel 4 received about Gogglebox in Scotland last year were about the lack of Scots on the show.

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

Ross said that he and his wife "watch it every week" and "could be part of it", with many of the other complainants also putting themselves forward for the show.

Pete Wishart MP, chairman of the Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster, celebrated the move by Channel 4 to bring in a Scottish family. He said at the meeting: "We are bursting at the seams with talent in Scotland, and I am pleased to hear Channel 4's efforts to harness this potential."

"A theme which came up in our evidence session was the lack of a Scottish family on Gogglebox. It is clear some have approached the channel with similar concern, often offering themselves as an option. I am therefore pleased to see a dedicated team tasked with this and look forward to seeing the successful family on our screens in the new series," he added.

Gogglebox airs on Friday nights at 9pm on Channel 4.

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