Gogglebox Ireland is slowly becoming one of our favourite Irish TV programmes.
The Tully twins from Cavan, the ladies from the Liberties and enough one-liners to last us till Chrismtas - what's not to love?
But have you ever found yourself wondering, how many cups of tea are consumed per episode? or how were the households found?
Look no futher, TV3 have just released 15 interesting things you didn’t know about the hilarious show.
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.
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.
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”.
Fergal and Neal, the Tully Twins were approached at the Virginia Show in Cavan.
Friends Martin and Rory were found at a Bridge Convention.
Angela and Eileen were found at their Le Cheile Retirement club in Castleknock.
Paul and Paul from Youghal were found after a shout out in the Farmers Journal.
The Gruffertys in Kildare applied after hearing a radio callout.
The Ryans from Limerick were street cast at an antique fair in Birr.
Eileen’s Michael ‘T’ Higgins tea cosy has featured in all episodes bar one when he was on official state business.
On average, there are over 90 cups of tea and 7 packets of ginger nuts consumed per episode (plus the occasional wine and beer).
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.
The Gogglebox format means that only programmes broadcast in the previous 7 days can feature in each episode.
As a rule, Gogglebox cast are not allowed to do any media interviews, whilst taking part in the show.
The series theme tune, ‘’Perfect World’’, is performed by our very own Irish rock band Kodaline. Other artists featured have included Divine Comedy, Imelda May, Derek Ryan, U2 and The Cranberries.
This week sees our ‘Gogglebox Ireland’ households jump right into the spirit of Halloween as they don some spooktacular costumes to mark All Hallows week.
It looks gas!
Tune in to Gogglebox Ireland tonight (Thursday 3rd November) at 9.30pm on TV3.