Gogglebox’s Tom Malone lifts lid on eating onscreen and why fussy dad is a nightmare

Gogglebox cast member Tom Malone, 26, regularly responds to fans’ queries about the show on TikTok and was recently asked if he and his family received a free takeaway while filming. The cast members are regularly seen enjoying food while sharing their thoughts on the latest programmes from the comfort of their own home.

Tom sits alongside his mum Julie, dad Tom Senior and little brother Shaun in their Manchester property.

When asked by a TikTok user if they get a complimentary meal during filming, he said: “Yes, without a doubt one of the best perks of Gogglebox is the fact that every time we film, which is twice a week, the crew get us a takeaway of our choosing. It’s literally one of the most amazing things about the show. It’s the best.

“The hardest thing is choosing what we’re actually going to have to eat, because my dad is super picky with food – anything too far away from a pie and chips or sausage and mash isn’t really his thing so, that’s the hardest thing about it.”

Another eagle-eyed viewer wanted to know whether the family’s red sofas are as close together in real life as they appear on television.

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They are also seen with their four dogs – Dave, Lucy, Izzy and Joe.

Addressing how the family got scouted for the show, the show regular explained: “With Gogglebox, you can’t apply, you actually get scouted.

“The cast rang up a dance studio in Manchester and asked if they knew anyone good for the show.

“The owner of the studio suggested me and my mum as I worked there at the time as a dance teacher and my mum worked on reception.

“They came in the next day, me and my mum had no idea. They said to her, ‘Are you Julie Malone?’

“And they said, ‘Is that Tom?’

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