Gogglebox stars Sophie and Pete Sandiford send message to fans after Bafta win

Gogglebox’s Sophie and Pete Sandiford have issued a message to fans after last night’s Bafta TV awards success.

The Blackpool-based siblings are firm favourites among fans of the show. The pair joined the cast in 2017 and have become households names thanks to their whitty banter and themed mug collection.

Channel 4 enjoyed a successful night at the Baftas amid uncertainty over its future – winning a total of five awards. Gogglebox won its second TV Bafta for best constructed factual show.

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After the result was announced, former Debenhams worker Sophie posted a message on her Instagram stories thanking voters and the production team. The post, featuring a picture of the pair with confetti falling, was also shared by older brother Pete.

Sophie wrote: “Thank you so much to everyone who voted. Congratulations team Gogglebox.” The post also included a blue heart and three party popper emojis.”

Stephen Lambert, chief executive of production company Studio Lambert, used his speech to voice opposition to the Government’s plans to privatise the broadcaster. He said: “Gogglebox might have ended when it started nine years ago as it got modest ratings, but a publicly owned risk-taking Channel 4 believed in it and they stuck with it.

“If the Government goes ahead with its destructive plan to end Channel 4, these kind of risks will not be taken and a big part of what makes British TV great will have ended for no good reason.”

In a statement responding to the criticism, a DCMS spokesperson said: “Channel 4 is a great UK success story and this government wants it to thrive for the long-term. Our proposals will improve Channel 4’s access to capital and the ability to make and own content will allow it to create new revenue streams and compete as effectively as possible for audiences, programmes and talent with the streaming giants.”

The Batfa’s were held at the Royal Festival Hall on Southbank in London and featured its first full audience in two years. It also saw the BBC claim nine awards and ITV take home seven.

Hosted by comedian Richard Ayoade, the ceremony celebrated the best of British television across multiple categories.

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