Channel 4 and Gogglebox showrunners respond to accusations of 'inhumane' working conditions

Monday, February 1
Ciarán Mather

The production studio behind the hit fly-on-the-wall TV show Gogglebox, along with Channel 4, have responded to accusations that they allegedly facilitated an 'inhumane' work environment.

According to The Guardian, Studio Lambert was accused by a number of staff members of being made to work long hours without any breaks.

Some staff members also alleged that they endured shouting and verbal abuse by management, and were even warned against self-isolating if they contracted COVID-19 for fear of disrupting production.

One accuser, who has since left the company, was quoted as saying: 'People have had enough. You don’t turn up to work to be screamed at for 12 hours a day.' 

'It was the worst job I ever did. The way that it’s made is inhumane at times.'

In response to these allegations, a spokesperson for Channel 4 said: 'Channel 4 has a clear code of conduct which sets out the standards of behaviour it expects from its suppliers and production partners.'

'We can’t comment on anonymous allegations and rumours, but we are satisfied Studio Lambert is taking appropriate action to ensure the welfare of its teams and to enforce appropriate standards of behaviour across the shows it makes for us.'

'Studio Lambert takes the welfare of its teams extremely seriously across all its productions, and has a number of measures in place to encourage people to come forward with any concerns they may have, as well as support systems for a range of issues.' 

'We have procedures in place to look into and take appropriate action whenever we receive a complaint from staff.'

In related Gogglebox news, former show star Scarlett Moffatt admitted that she wouldn't rule out returning to the show, while The Irish Sun revealed that another one of the show's stars, Sandra Martin, has recently been cast as a judge on the upcoming Amazon TV show Now That's Entertainment.

Gogglebox first hit TV screens back in 2013, and as of April 2020, has amassed an average viewership of 4.5 million people.

It has also launched a number of spin-offs in different countries, including Ireland and Australia, as well as Celebrity Gogglebox and Gogglesprogs, the latter of which features commentary from children instead of adults. 

Gogglebox has become one of the go-to programmes in lockdown, and is part of Channel 4's #StayAtHome initiative.