CABLEOS — The cast of the popular British reality TV show “Gogglebox” was stripped of their jobs after it emerged they were all non-Scottish, despite frequent requests to be Scottish, and they will have to find new families for their shows.
BBC reports “viewers have asked producers to add more Scottish characters to their shows and also complain about the lack of such characters in ‘Cuckoo,’ ‘Holby City’ and ‘Doctors.’”
Scottish members of the cast for “Gogglebox” were banned from filming there after it was revealed just three of the stars have Scottish passports.
The new twist to the ruling was announced after “Gogglebox” shooting in Glasgow produced the new season.
This week The Royal Scottish Academy wrote to TV channel channels, saying viewers must cast more Scottish characters from its fictional TV show “Cuckoo.”
The authority’s twitter handle noted that the Scottish cast of the show’s series one were told that they must look more Scottish with several scripts that specifically called for them to be Scottish.
The other problems include radio interviews where critics accused the cast of not being Scottish, even though two of the stars had Scottish passports.
Posters for Scottish hospitals were aimed at the show’s stars and slogans, like “better curtsey to the NHS than the Scots,” were shared on social media.
The rules were met with anger with many saying it was a step backwards for the nation.
A source at the BBC added that “The BBC is aware that there are complaints to be made about the lack of Scottish character in some of its shows.
“But it also acknowledges that some viewers have requested we have more Scottish characters on screen.”
The video blogging show, called “Gogglebox,” is a mix of old and new, combining families watching TV.
It features people eating a meal and watching TV, the majority are unemployed.
The program won two Emmys earlier this year, making it the best new reality/competition show.
In another show this week The Home Office confirmed the Scottish actor over-the-counter pain reliever Zopiclone will now be available freely online.
Due to a patent dispute however, it will only be available in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The current crop of Gogglebox stars are free to return to their television screens despite it being revealed they do not have Scottish passports.
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