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Celebrity Gogglebox fans are in for a real Friday night treat this week as the Channel 4 spin-off returns for another star-studded instalment.
This time there’s some new famous faces joining the bill ready to entertain from their sofas, including Clara Amfo, Mel C and Lorraine Kelly.
However, we’ve still got a big soft spot for the returning favourites who have kept us entertained from the very beginning.
So we caught up with Shaun Ryder, who is once again taking his seat alongside his best mate, Happy Mondays bandmate Bez, to find out all the behind-the-scenes secrets.
Hi Shaun. Celebrity Gogglebox sounds like the best job in the world…
It is really. And if it’s s**t, we don’t even have to watch all of it! (Laughs) But watching telly with my best buddy and having a drink is great.
Is Bez a good TV watching buddy, ordoes he have any bad habits that wind you up?
He’s got millions of bad habits, but I’ve been married to him for forty years. We both don’t have a good sense of smell and we can’t smell each other’s feet, so that helps! But we don’t really argue. We get nibbly with each other and have little pokes, but we don’t have massive big barnies.
Are viewers seeing the real you and Bez?
I’d say you’re getting a PG, politically correct version of us that’s fit for 2021. Otherwise we’re usually somewhere in 1973!
What snacks do you both have on standby?
We both go for rubbish because we can’t eat it in real life, so jelly beans, toffees, ice cream and cakes with loads of e-numbers in them. It’s usually banned from the house.
How long does filming actually take?
It just depends. If they’re happy with what they’ve got, we’re done and dusted within a couple of hours. If we’ve got to get something and we haven’t nailed it, it could go on for five hours or something.
Do you watch the show back when it’s on air to remember what you said?
Sometimes I do. All my family watch it, including my missus. And Bez gets to see bits of it as he doesn’t really have a TV, so he sees bits and pieces on the internet.
Are you a big fan of any of the other celebrities taking part?
Everyone seems to be cool. They’ve all got their own different thing. My missus and family love Rylan and his mum. He’s great, he’s such a nice bloke. And I like Denise Van Outen and her bloke.
What other famous faces would you like to see joining in the future?
I think Craig Charles would be alright on there. I’d also like to see Clint Eastwood, but I don’t know if he’d stay awake long enough.
Finally, what are your TV turn ons and offs?
Ninety per cent of the time now I’m watching the news, documentaries and Sky Arts, whereas when I was a lot younger it would be action movies. But good God, I can’t go anywhere near any of these Cheshire Housewives, or Orange County Housewives.
Celebrity Gogglebox airs tonight at 9pm on Channel 4
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