Ask the family as the cameras zoom in on TV critics at home
EVERYONE thinks they are a television critic – but in the case of the Siddiqui family from Littleover it is true.
Without moving from their comfy sofas, dad Sid, 68, and his three sons, Umar, 35, Raza, 34 and Baasit, 30, are giving their opinions about telly programmes to the nation as part of a new Channel 4 show.
Gogglebox features up to 12 different family groups from across the country, who are given programmes to watch and are filmed giving their thoughts and opinions as they are shown.
The four-week series, which airs each Thursday, started last week and Baasit said the family is pleased with the way it has turned out and the reaction they have been getting to their appearance on the show.
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He said: "When we first heard about the show and the need for volunteer families, we wondered if it was for us.
"We all like watching television – my dad's favourite programme is Coronation Street – and of course we have opinions about what we see.
"But having a camera crew filming in the house as you watch is a different matter. However, once we decided to go ahead, then it was quite easy to do."
The filming is done on a tight schedule, with most of it done in the evenings, and reaction is filmed live.
Programmes selected are varied and could include documentaries, comedies or soaps. Actress and writer Caroline Aherne, famous for The Royle Family, does the voice-over explaining the context of the programmes.
Baasit, who is a teacher, said: "Programmes so far have included Embarrassing Bodies, the Great British Wedding and One Born Every Minute.
"It was a bit surreal watching the programme, seeing the sofas and the living room and it all looking quite normal.
"The reaction from people at my school has been very positive and Raza, who is an estate agent, and Umar, a microbiologist, says they have had favourable comments.
"The film crew has been terrific and very friendly and all together the whole experience has been good and one we wouldn't hesitate to repeat."
The programme will be shown on Channel 4 at 10pm tonight and for the next two Thursdays.