In case you missed it, Channel 4’s Gogglebox introduced us, fly-on-the-wall style, to some of the most opinionated viewers in Britain. Remember the Siddiqui family from Derby, Sandra and Sandy from Brixton or the gay hairdressers from Brighton?
Stealing the show from such telly wannabes however were ‘token posh couple’ and esteemed Sandwich residents Dom and Steph Parker, who wowed audiences with their constant face-pulling, Clarkson-esque opinions and boozy antics including a moment when the sofa they had been sitting on collapsed along with a mountain of port glasses they had been piling up as a joke.
Says Dom from the comfort of his living room at The Salutation, their idyllic Queen Anne-style luxury retreat designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens: “They filmed us two nights a week for up to six hours at a time, so no wonder we were so pissed by the end of it! “They [the producers] enjoyed the fact that we like to have a drink, but by one in the morning, we were so hammered, I couldn’t remember a thing. I only wish some of the things I said hadn’t gone out on national TV.”
The programme aired only four episodes back in March and critics gave it mixed reviews, yet fans singled out Dom and Steph’s performance recognising the couple’s on-screen chemistry. “We had nearly 400 emails, many saying they expected us to be the posh twats but actually we weren’t like that at all,” says Dom.
Wife Steph meanwhile has been recognised at the check in desk at Heathrow airport and has accumulated nearly 1300 Twitter followers since the programme. “It’s bonkers,” she chortles, “because I only had four when it started!”
The couple, who have recently put their £4.5 million home on the market, made their reality TV debut with Four in a Bed, a competition featuring B&B owners. Are they ready for more acting up in front of the cameras?
For once, the couple are in complete agreement. “We would look at offers,” says Dom, but if it’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, I’ll be telling the producers that we’re not exactly big on eating balls or cockroaches.”