Guys, I’m in love. With a tv programme.
It all started when I was skyping my mum and my littlest sister was watching tv on her laptop – a show called Gogglebox, on channel 4. Whenever I go home I get eyestrain from rolling my eyes at British tv; I can’t stand all the Celebrity Strictly Come in a Jungle Factor Live or No Deal. But mum INSISTED I watch this Gogglebox – because there was one episode that was quite emotional and she wanted to know if I’d cry at it. I know. My mum is weird.
I kept my promise and watched some of this show. The concept is this – you are watching people sat on their sofa (or, in one case, in bed) who are watching tv. You can see what their reactions to that week’s tv was.
It’s probably no surprise that this kind of show is popular – we Brits seem to like peeping Tom kind of shows, from Big Brother to this show I seem to remember from ages ago where we just watch a family go about their daily business. We like watching people, then pointing and screaming at the tv with “WE DO THAT TOO!” It brings us all together.
Only, I don’t do that too. Because they are in the UK, watching all the normal tv, and I’m in Germany, putting on a proxy to try and catch up with British goings-on. And I think the reason why I’ve found myself so addicted to this show is because it makes me feel like I’m back home, while making me pretty homesick.
The show itself is hilarious. They’ve got a great slice of Britain – a kind of dumb family, a super smart family, a gay couple…and the posh couple (above) who are my favourites. There was a moment which I think is the most British thing I have ever seen. They were watching the emotional scene that mum wanted me to watch (from Educating Yorkshire, where a little boy with a stammer talks for the first time thanks to some headphones and a bit of music). Yes, it made me cry. It was pretty hard to watch and not get emotional. Posh Lady on the sofa agreed, and started to tear up herself. Posh Man noticed and turned to her to say in the poshest accent ever “Darling, are you having a bit of a cry there?” To which Posh Lady throws back a mouthful of her cocktail, wipes her eyes and denies having emotions. My friends, you don’t get anything more British than that.
I found out about some really terrible programmes through Gogglebox as well. The worst one (so far) is a gameshow called “Release the Hounds” where a man runs down a course with a bag of money on his back, while being chased by dogs. If he makes it to the end then he keeps the money, but if (as happened in the clip I saw) he gets caught by the dogs then he is supposedly bitten to pieces. WHAT IS THIS AND WHY ARE PEOPLE WATCHING?!
Going back to how it kind of makes me homesick, it just really highlights how far away from my own culture I am right now. I wouldn’t want to watch half of that crap, but there was a segment on poppy day and I realised that it was the first time ever that I hadn’t been wearing a poppy – I’d flat out forgotten about the day and the silence. I was trying to tell my flatmate’s girlfriend how it made me sad but it just sounds lame “I forgot to wear a paper poppy to remember the people who died at war and it makes me really sad and I’m tearing up”. No really, I teared up.
I’ve found a YouTube video of one of my favourite parts – Nigella Lawson’s show on Gogglebox. I think this just shows how hilarious the posh couple are. Hope you all enjoy it!