Gogglebox families aren’t allowed to move places because ‘people hate change’

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Few programmes in recent years have captivated audiences quite like Gogglebox, whether it be to laugh or cry – we seemingly can't get enough of watching others watch television.

The show has even helped many of us beat the lockdown blues with some of its more hilarious moments in the most recent series.

Now, we even know all the secrets of what goes on behind the scenes and the kind of strict rules each cast member has to follow, thanks to one of the show's stars, Tom Malone.

26-year-old dancer Tom has been appearing on Gogglebox since 2014. He is accompanied on the sofa by his dad, Tom Senior, mum Julie and brother Shaun. Their pet rottweilers are no strangers to a few cameos either.

Tom has finally shed light on some of the behind the scenes secrets that fans were desperate to know, from explaining why they all sit where they do, to the free food provided by the show's producers.

Dishing out the gossip during a question and answer session with his fans on TikTok, Malone said that the free food is the best part about starring in Gogglebox.

He explained: "Without a doubt, one of the best perks of Gogglebox is that every time we film, which is twice a week, the crew get us a takeaway of our choosing.

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"It's literally one of the most amazing things about the show, honest to God. It's the best.

"The hardest thing is choosing what we're actually going to have to eat because my dad is super picky with food.

"Anything too far away from a pie or chips or sausage and mash isn't really his thing."

He went on to reveal that when the time came to film their first episode of the show, they all sat in their natural positions on the sofa – but since then, they have been ordered to never change seating arrangements as they all need to be in the same spot for filming purposes.

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The Gogglebox star said: "Going back to six and a half years ago when we filmed our first episode of Gogglebox, I think it was season four, we just sat in those positions.

"That was just the natural positions we sat in. That was fine.

"However moving on from then, we were never allowed to change those positions. That's because people don't like change."

He went on to answer a question many of us were keen to find out the answer to, do the families mix? The answer is a resounding no, with Tom stating how he has never met some other cast members.

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Tom revealed: "We don't know any other families on the show, we've never met.

"Occasionally we'll Tweet each other, but we don't know each other – or like meet up or anything like that. I've never met any of them."

Gogglebox has been a fan favourite ever since it first hit our screens.

The new series will air on Channel 4 tonight at 9pm.

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