November 16, 2020

Gogglebox’s Jenny ‘snoozes on floor of caravan’ during gruelling filming stint


Gogglebox stars Jenny Newby and Lee Riley have shared an insight into what happens during their gruelling filming schedule for the popular Channel 4 show.

The best friends are seen watching TV from Lee’s caravan in Patrington Haven caravan park in Hull.

While watching telly for a living sounds ideal for some, it has seemingly taken its toll on 64-year-old Jenny, as she looks to grab forty winks before the next show that needs her input.

Her bestie Lee, 51, shared a snap on Twitter of the hilarious duo in the caravan, in which Jenny is seen asleep on the floor during a break from filming.

Lee wrote on the social media site accompanying the pic in which he appears as a selfie, pointing to Jenny on the floor, over his shoulder: “So let’s have a break Jenny say’s now she’s snoring her head off #Gogglebox”



Gogglebox’s Jenny snoozes on the floor during gruelling filming schedule

Show producer Tania Alexander told Vice previously about the expectations put on the Gogglebox families each week.

She said that the families are required to do around eight to 12 hours of filming, split across two days.

The filming usually takes place in evenings and at weekends so that it can fit in with the work schedules of the families, who often have full time jobs as well.

Jenny and Lee have been close friends for more than 20 years after they met at The Crown Inn in Paull, where Jenny was the landlady and Lee was a regular.



Jenny and Lee on Gogglebox

They don’t usually live together in the caravan but they have been isolating together so that they can continue filming during the coronavirus pandemic.

They both have partners who prefer to stay out of the limelight, with Jenny married to Ray and Lee spending the past 26 years with Steve Mail.

Lee wrote on Twitter, on February, 7: “And I am so glad you did after 26 years together you’ve made me what I am today thank you.”



Jenny and Lee have been best friends for 20 years

While the lockdown has meant that the show has had to be filmed remotely, Tania told Vuce about how a producer would be in the house of a Gogglebox family to aid with filming.

She said: “We rig a mini gallery, which is set up in a kitchen or bedroom.

“There’s a small team in the field – a producer, a camera person, and a sound person and a logger – and those four people are squashed in whatever room is available for the entire shoot. It’s like a mini TV studio.

“There’s nobody ever in the room with the families. For the show we mainly stay on the wide angle but the close-up shot is often used to capture an eye-roll or facial expression that we’ll use in the edit for comedy punctuation.”

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