Gogglebox Ireland has won over the nation with its wonderful mix of characters from all walks of life hailing from every corner of the country. We are sadly nearing the end of this current season, but no doubt there will be plenty more to come.
In case you ever wondered just how exactly the show went about casting the Gogglebox families, why none of them have been doing any media interviews, why it seems like there are so many dogs in this Irish version or even just how many cups of tea they have drank, below are some utterly useless but interesting facts about Gogglebox Ireland.
No. 1 Since the success of the Channel 4 series, there have been local versions of the show made in over 30 countries – they include Australia, Canada, China, Ukraine, Italy, Poland, Israel, Germany, Finland, Norway, Belgium and France.
No. 2 The USA has its own version of Gogglebox – it’s called ‘The People’s Couch’ and broadcasts on Bravo. In Slovenia, the series is called God, Please Don’t Let the TV Die, the name of a popular song in Slovenia.
No. 3 Hundreds of people applied to be on Gogglebox Ireland but Series Producer Simon Proctor says; "Most of our households were found by our brilliant casting team who travelled to all parts of the country visiting shops, pubs, groups, events and clubs. And a lot of them had to be persuaded to do it and let cameras into their homes."
No. 4 Fergal and Neal, the Tully Twins were approached at the Virginia Show in Cavan.
No. 5 Friends Martin and Rory were found at a Bridge Convention.
No. 6 The Ryans from Limerick were street cast at an antique fair in Birr..
No. 7 Paul and Paul from Youghal were found after a shout out in the Farmers Journal.
No. 8 The Gruffertys in Kildare applied after hearing a radio callout.
No. 9 Angela and Eileen were found at their Le Cheile Retirement club in Castleknock.
No. 10 Eileen’s Michael ‘T’ Higgins tea cosy has featured in all episodes bar one when he was on official state business.
No. 11 On average, there are over 90 cups of tea and 7 packets of ginger nuts consumed per episode (plus the occasional wine and beer).
No. 12 Our series features more pets than in any other country – we’ve seen 9 dogs (Minnie, Max, Bonnie, Harley, Axel, Ozzie, Fudge, Kenny and Buddy) but just one cat, Tracie’s counter-loving but much-loved Bibby.
No. 13 The Gogglebox format means that only programmes broadcast in the previous 7 days can feature in each episode.
No. 14 As a rule, Gogglebox cast are not allowed to do any media interviews, whilst taking part in the show.
No.15 The series theme tune, 'Perfect World', is performed by our very own Irish rock band Kodaline (and the Channel 4 version too). Other artists featured have included Divine Comedy, Imelda May, Derek Ryan, U2 and The Cranberries.
Tune in to Gogglebox Ireland tonight at 9.30pm on TV3, where they are having a Halloween themed edition.