GOGGLEBOX’s Giles Wood has found himself an unlikely sex symbol thanks to his time on the Channel 4 show – and can’t resist winding up wife Mary Killen about it.
The couple, who have been together for the past 30 years, have become firm favourites on the series for their dry wit while commentating the latest TV must-watches.
However, ever since their first appearance in 2015, Giles has found himself quite the female following, and Mary said it’s definitely been helping his ego.
Speaking ahead of the new series, which starts tonight, Mary said: “Giles’s sister is quite unhelpful because she’s always ringing him up to tell him that somebody has tweeted that they fancy him.
“She does it to boost his self-esteem, and then he taunts me with it, saying, ‘There’s a lot of women out there who fancy me, Mary’.
“It’s quite good for him, I suppose, as long as he doesn’t get too conceited.
“But of course, he doesn’t go out that much so he’s not going to be available for women to lunge at him.”
The couple, who are based in Wiltshire, stress, however, that the real stars of Gogglebox are the production team who have to perform miracles to turn the show around so quickly.
They also have to make the reviewers shine.
Mary said: “I think the editors of the show are very witty. They really are quite original and they know when something’s a good joke. Because obviously we say an awful lot of stuff and they manage to hone in on the thing that’s funny.
“Or they just seem to be very good at editing it and it’s very watchable as a result.”
Mary admits though that she was shocked that the programme has become so successful – earning a National Television Award last week for best factual show and cementing its name as one of Britain’s most loved series.
She said: “In the beginning, nobody thought it could possibly work. It would just be absurd.
“I didn’t want the invasion of privacy but Giles wanted to be on, so I agreed.
“But it’s a very simple, brilliant idea. You get snippets of the good programmes and you can tell, rather like speed dating, whether you’d want to see the whole show as a result.
“But then Gogglebox became a barometer of what the public is thinking. For that reason I know that quite a lot of the Government watch it, and Boris Johnson will even be told what’s going on.
“It really does give you a snapshot of people in the country.
“That makes it the most uniquely British programme, and it could only have been made by Channel 4 because it’s a uniquely British channel.”
Gogglebox returns tonight at 9pm on Channel 4.
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