Gogglebox has made more adjustments to its production shoot during the coronarvirus pandemic.
Last night Jad had to view shows with Matty & Sarah Marie through the safety of a laptop on his chair. This is so he doesn’t put baby Malik at any risk -bulldog Bane will doubtless miss him.
The Foxtel / 10 show has already seen 91 year old Emily staying at home while daughter Kerry, and granddaughter Isabelle, remain in weekly episodes.
Seniors Mick & Di are now self-isolating and out of the series for remaining episodes, in order to keep them separate from skeleton crews.
“It’s only because of our age,” Di said. “Gogglebox is still going on, but because we’re in our 70s, we’re technically at higher risk. But hello, realistically, Mick and I are probably healthier than people half our age!”
“Even more than a lot of 50-year-olds,” Mick joked. “We definitely feel discriminated against,” he laughs.
The Endemol Shine Australia show, which has a handful of remaining episodes this season, is largely comprised of housemates and families which fall within social distancing guidelines.
Producers have already been nimble in using remote cameras and reduced production staff for remaining episodes.
And cast have been directly impacted by the pandemic.
Jad has closed down his restaurant, Sarah Marie’s beauty company has come to a halt and single mum Isabelle is self-isolating alone while her 4 year old is living with his father.
“Thank god for FaceTime,” she said. “But it’s got me thinking about those families who split their kids between two households — how hard it is and what it could mean for a future lockdown.”