Gogglebox star Gyles Brandreth shares producers’ trick to relax stars before filming

Gyles Brandreth reveals how Celebrity Gogglebox is set up

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Gyles Brandreth, 73, has regularly appeared on Celebrity Gogglebox alongside actress and close friend Sheila Hancock. Now for the first time, the broadcaster has spoken about producers ensuring the cast are able to relax in front of the cameras for filming.

You genuinely forget the cameras are there

Gyles Brandreth

Gyles divulged: “They come to your house at the beginning and they set up the camera in the room and then go away for two months.

“The cameras are permanently in the room and you genuinely forget they are there, they’re small discreet cameras.

“Then at set times you go in and you press the button and they don’t give you a choice over the programmes.

“You watch the ones they select for you, but you’re alone in the building and that lulls you into that false state of relaxation,” he added to Esther Rantzen on her podcast That’s After Life.

The TV star also admitted the cast are delivered their favourite tasty treats to keep them feeling satisfied while watching programmes.

Gyles continued: “They sent round Deliveroo with different treats, fish and chips, indeed the chocolate eclairs, the crisps and all of that.

“So these little sweetmeats arrive and they like you to be seen bringing it in and you can hear that little chit-chat and then you have the snacks together. It’s great fun.”

Meanwhile, stars of the non-celebrity Gogglebox, who appear weekly on the programme, have revealed it isn’t as glamorous as you might think.

According to the newspaper, the best perk stars reportedly get is free takeaways while watching the shows, which are a mixture of live broadcasts and recorded programmes.

And food has to keep contributors going for two six-hour shifts a week, which each family is required to take part in.

The pay for each family is reportedly £1500 a month.

The regular participants start filming on Friday before it’s edited together on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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On Thursday, Craig Cash’s voiceover is added and the final cut is sent to Channel 4.

Some Gogglebox fans have said that they “struggle to believe” the show following the show’s latest scenes.

The Channel 4 hit was back on the small screen last Friday night with the families watching the week’s TV listings.

The biggest moment, however, was the Goggleboxers reaction to the death of Prince Philip.

The news that the Duke of Edinburgh died broke on April 9 but the reaction of the show’s stars was shown a week later.

Gogglebox favourite, Jenny Newby, broke down in tears, as she blubbed: “It’s the first time that I’ve been lost for words.”

But fans were not convinced by the reactions.

One said: “I’m not statistical – but I’m guessing the odds of all #Gogglebox families being sat at their TVs, at the same time, when the news of Prince Philip’s death (which was during the day) have to be ZERO.”

Another replied: “I struggle to believe it’s their first reaction to hearing the news of Prince Philip #gogglebox.”

Googlebox airs tonight on Channel 4 at 9pm.

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