Gogglebox hit by Ofcom complaints as viewers accuse spectacle of coronavirus lockout violation – The Sun

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GOGGLEBOX was affected by Ofcom’s complaints when viewers accused the show of violating coronavirus locking rules.

Worried fans have criticized the Channel 4 program for not practicing social distancing, as some actors do not live in the same house.

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    Lots of Gogglebox stars don't live together
Lots of Gogglebox stars don’t live togetherCredit: Channel 4

TV watchdog has received 20 complaints since Tuesday [31 March] – just days after viewers gathered on Twitter to share their outrage.

In the episode aired on March 27, all the stars were present as usual, except for the patriarch Siddiqui Sid, who is in his 70s.

Many were confused because they wondered if the sisters Izzi and Ellie, the best friends Jenny and Lee, the brothers Tremaine, Twaine and Tristan Plummer and the brothers and sisters Sophie and Pete lived together.

A Gogglebox spokesperson told us at the time, “Most of Friday’s episode was filmed before the Prime Minister’s speech last Monday.

    Sid Siddiqui skipped filming the past two weeks
Sid Siddiqui skipped filming the past two weeksCredit: Channel 4
    Siblings Sophie and Pete live together, something fans don't know
Siblings Sophie and Pete live together, something fans don’t knowCredit: Channel 4

“Since Public Health England’s advice was updated, all filming was subject to more stringent filming protocols which are now fully in place.

“The health and safety of our actors and our team are paramount. “

The following week, changes were made – Izzi was replaced on the screen by Ellie’s boyfriend, Nat, and the Plummer trio were not seen.

    The Plummer brothers were notably absent last week
The Plummer brothers were notably absent last week
    Izzi was replaced by Ellie Nat's boyfriend
Izzi was replaced by Ellie Nat’s boyfriendCredit: Channel 4
    Jenny and Lee isolate themselves together
Jenny and Lee isolate themselves together

While not covered in the program, other stars have turned to social media to clarify that they are not breaking government rules.

Writing on Twitter, Lee revealed that he had moved full-time into Jenny’s trailer for lockdown.

Pete also told a critic that he and Sophie lived in the same house, and Sid was again absent from his sons – although it is unclear whether Bassit and Umar live together in lockouts.

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Gogglebox Izzi replaced on the sofa by Ellie Nat’s boyfriend

Izzi and Ellie appear to be the only regular Gogglebox stars to be severely affected by the isolation while filming takes place at Ellie’s and busy mother of two Izzi had to skip filming.

The coronavirus was officially considered a global pandemic last month, and so far more than 7,000 people in the UK have lost their lives due to the fatal disease.

In an effort to combat the growing health crisis, it has been decided that the British are only allowed to leave their homes to go to work, exercise once a day and do some rare shopping.

Mixing of households has also been banned, with authorities currently considering tougher rules after the sunny weekend, with people flocking to the parks for picnics and meetings.



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