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17 April 2020, 19:40 | Updated: 24 April 2020, 15:53
Who are Mary and Marina from Gogglebox? And why aren't they on the show at the moment? Find out everything...
Gogglebox is bringing us some normality and keeping us going through these tough times.
But with Mary and Marina missing from recent episodes, where have they gone, and will they return? Find out everything...
Mary and Marina are two best pals from Bristol. Mary admitted in 2019 that she was 90-years-old, while Marina is 88-years-old now,
They joined the show in 2016 for series eight and have been making us laugh with their wine-drinking and cheeky comments ever since.
The pair met while living at the St Monica Trust retirement village in Bristol nine years ago, and they both still live there now.
In an interview with The St Monica Trust, Mary and Marina revealed they were discovered by producers while on their way to do some shopping.
Marina was asked if she had a friend to join her, and Marina said: "I went across to catch the bus down to Asda and this young girl comes up to me and says 'do you ever watch Gogglebox?' I said, 'well I have done' and she said 'do you want to be on it?' I thought, 'I’m game for a laugh, like'.
“Then she said 'have you got a friend?' And like that, Mary came round the corner on her scooter.”
Gogglebox bosses previously revealed the show will continue to film during the coronavirus lockdown, however fans have noticed that Mary and Marina have not been featuring in recent episodes.
“I hope Mary and Marina are okay, I miss seeing them!,” said one Twitter user, while another asked: “Does anyone Know How Mary and Marina are doing? Honestly miss them on gogglebox.”
While a third added: “What we need to know is “Are Mary & Marina okay?” #Gogglebox”.
Heart.co.uk has reached out to Channel 4 for comment, but the pair presumably live in different apartments in their retirement village and are therefore isolating separately to keep themselves safe. Hopefully they will be back on our screens soon.
The key difference is that the cast won't be welcoming the camera crew into their homes.
Instead, they will have stationary cameras in their living rooms without any contact with production staff.
Ian Katz, Channel 4's director of programming said: "The coronavirus outbreak is an enormous creative challenge for all broadcasters and though it is having a profound impact on getting some of our productions onto screen, it’s also a time when public service broadcasters like Channel 4 can step up and help people navigate through the extraordinary challenges we all now face.”
Meanwhile, the show received 163 Ofcom complaints last week when sisters Izzi and Ellie appeared on the show.
Izzi was temporarily replaced by Ellie's boyfriend Nat, as the sisters don't live together, but she retuned last Friday, sitting two metres away from her sister.
There was such an uproar, that Channel 4 has been forced to release a statement, explaining: “Most of the families live together but where they don’t, they are complying with PHE [Public Health England] social distancing guidelines.
“Gogglebox will only film with families where it’s safe to do so. The health and safety of our cast and crew is paramount.”
Sid Saddiqui from The Siddiqui family has also missed two episodes, but recently confirmed he was under the weather and should be back soon.
However, Jenny Newby and Lee Riley from Gogglebox have been self isolating together in Jenny’s caravan so they can continue filming.
Lee explained the situation on Twitter, writing: "Thank you 🙏 🙏for all the lovely tweets and love from you all 😘makes it all worth while isolating with Jenny 😂 JOKING 🤔.
"Hope you enjoyed the show big thanks to the crew, the cast, stay safe stay healthy stay in #Gogglebox goodnight goggleboxers 😘."