Gogglebox posh couple Steph and Dom Parker deny playing up to the cameras

The B&B owners said 'we're just very naturally like this'

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Gogglebox golden couple Steph and Dom Parker have denied playing up to the camera despite allegations from fans that the show is becoming too staged.

The ‘posh couple’, who run a bed and breakfast in Kent, said there was “not a hope” they played up to the cameras, adding “we’re just very naturally like this”.

The series, now in its fourth season, has been criticised by fans for encouraging contributors to play up to the rigged cameras.

But the reality TV stars said it was easy to forget the cameras were there at all.

“After a while you do totally forget they’re there and get on with it,” said Steph.

Dom added: “Especially as they’re all static cameras, or self-controlled. There are no cameramen so you literally just forget they’re there.”

Speaking at the TV Choice Awards earlier this month, the couple, who have been on Gogglebox since it began last year, said they often laughed at themselves when they watch the show.

“I laugh a lot at myself, which I know you’re not supposed to do, but I find myself quite funny. I’ve forgotten that I’ve said things so it comes as a surprise,” said Steph.

They also revealed they have never met any of the other contributors on the show, but said they particularly enjoyed watching the Siddiqui family from Derby.

“We love watching the Siddiquis, we’ve been big fans of theirs from the beginning, purely because they have huge respect for their father and they show it and it’s a lovely relationship to see. It’s unusual.”

A Channel 4 spokesperson said: "The Gogglebox cast are filmed for two to three nights per week. In order to be able to make each episode in time to air the following week we film them watching live television and some that has been recorded.

"The production team do not influence the comments of the contributors – their reactions are genuine and authentic."

Gogglebox returns tonight at 9pm on Channel 4.

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