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Gogglebox creator Tania Alexander 'quits' Channel 4 show midway through series run

Mirror logo Mirror 26/11/2020 Lewis Knight

Gogglebox creator Tania Alexander has stepped down midway through filming the show's sixteenth series.

Alexander had created and helmed the landmark Channel 4 series alongside creative director Tim Harcourt and studio founder Stephen Lambert.

As first reported by Broadcast, showrunner Tania Alexander has departed Studio Lambert whilst Gogglebox is still producing its current series.

At the studio, Alexander was the director of factual entertainment for the All3Media indie and is thought to have been part of the company for around a decade.

In addition to Gogglebox, Alexander also oversaw other hit shows such as Undercover Boss and Seven Days.

It is reported that four episodes remain the current 16th run of the hit Channel 4 series following Alexander's departure.

a person standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Tania Alexander has stepped down from her role as showrunner on Gogglebox © Instagram Tania Alexander has stepped down from her role as showrunner on Gogglebox

Series 16 is expected to run to 15 instalments in total.

A spokesperson for Studio Lambert told Broadcast: "We wish Tania success with her future projects."


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A statement given to Mirror Online from Channel 4 confirmed: "We can confirm Tania Alexander is leaving Gogglebox. 

"Studio Lambert’s deputy creative director, Mike Cotton, will oversee the remainder of this series, along with Gogglebox's executive producer Leon Campbell."

a man and a woman looking at the camera: Gogglebox, along with stars such as Jenny and Lee, has become beloved by the nation © Channel 4 Gogglebox, along with stars such as Jenny and Lee, has become beloved by the nation

Gogglebox first began airing on March 7, 2013 and had been devised and developed by Alexander, Harcourt and Lambert.

It was initially narrated by The Royle Family star Caroline Aherne until her death from lung cancer in 2016.

Her role was then filled by Craig Cash who had previously stood-in for Aherne when she was not available to record.

The hit series has spawned a number of spin-off properties including Celebrity Gogglebox and Gogglesprogs.

Gogglebox has also had its format sold to a number of nations worldwide, including Gogglebox Australia and the American and Canadian versions, both entitled The People's Couch.

a person sitting on a table: The current sixteenth series still has four instalments to go following Tania Alexander stepping down © Channel 4 The current sixteenth series still has four instalments to go following Tania Alexander stepping down

Having won National Television Awards each year from to 2018, Gogglebox also won a BAFTA for Reality & Constructed Factual Programme in 2014.

Gogglebox continues on Fridays at 9pm on Channel 4 and is available for catch-up on All4.

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