Channel 4 has confirmed it is on the hunt for a Scottish Gogglebox family with a dedicated casting team receiving special funding.
Unbelievably, after almost a decade on screen, 18 series and many families, there hasn’t been a Scottish household to appear on the programme since the Manuels from Glasgow in 2016.
Pete Wishart MP, chairman of the Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster, celebrated the move which came after committee’s evidence session on public broadcasting in Scotland with Channel 4.
Channel 4’s chief executive Alex Mahon has since written to MPs confirming there will be a separate budget for a dedicated casting team to find a suitable Scottish family to appear on the hit show, which could join the series as soon as the New Year.
During the Scottish Affairs Committee session held on September 20, MPs explored Channel 4’s presence in Scotland as well as privatisation.
Mr Wishart said: ‘Channel 4 has impressive credentials for supporting independent producers and offering opportunities for young people wishing to explore the sector.
‘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.’
Gogglebox continues Fridays at 9pm on Channel 4.
Credit: Original article published here.