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

Gogglebox: Tom Malone Jr on ‘best perks’ of being on the show

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.

“The hardest thing is choosing what we’re actually going to have to eat

Tom Malone, Gogglebox cast member

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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“This is a very good question,” he began.

He then put up a picture of the two couches and explained: “As you can see, the couch my dad is sat on is blocking the door.

“We can walk around the back of the couch to get to get into the living room, but the reason why it is pushed forward is because we all need to fit into the frame for Gogglebox.

“And if it wasn’t pushed forward, we wouldn’t all fit so that is why the couch is there.

“But, when we’re not filming, we actually push it back against the wall.”

On whether they each had their own respective seats, Tom said the seating arrangement happened “naturally” during filming for their first episode.

“Moving on from then, we were never allowed to change positions because simply, people don’t like change.”

The Malone family joined Gogglebox for the fourth series back in 2014 and have been regulars ever since.

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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?’

Tom went on to demonstrate a warm-up move he was doing at the time with his head against the wall.

“As you can imagine I looked like an absolute crazy person, I was actually trying to work out why my windmill to my head wasn’t working correctly.

“I looked like an absolute loon post.

“They must’ve looked at me and looked at my mum and thought these lot are crazy.

“They got us in to do a test shoot, met my family and the rest is history.”

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