Celebrity Gogglebox had a special Black to Front makeover – and viewers absolutely loved it

Celebrity Gogglebox returned tonight – with a very special line-up of stars who gathered on their sofas to review the week’s TV highlights.

The reality show was given a makeover as part of Channel 4’s Black to Front initiative, which has sought to amplify “Black talent, voices and stories” as part of an ongoing commitment from the broadcaster.

The celebrities – including model Jourdan Dunn and her brother Antoine, EastEnders actors Rudolph Walker and Tameka Empson, chef Rustie Lee, health and wellbeing coach Mr Motivator, and Drag Race UK contestants Tia Kofi and Tayce – offered their views on programmes such as Changing Rooms and Married At First Sight.

They were also asked to comment on Abba’s return with new music after 40 years – which prompted comedians Mo Gilligan and Babatunde Aleshe to break into a drill interpretation of the Swedish group’s hit Money, Money, Money.

And viewers gave the episode the thumbs-up on Twitter.

Posting on the social media platform, T.mo said: “It’s only three minutes into the Black #Gogglebox and I’m laughing so hard already.”

Rachel Fox tweeted: “Well this #Gogglebox is so much better than the usual Celebrity Gogglebox.”

Using the hashtag #BlackToFront, Shanika W-M posted: “All Black #Gogglebox I’m in my element.”

Stephanie Soteriou said: “I’d heard a lot about Channel 4’s #BlackToFront but didn’t realise just how amazing it is until I put it on for #Gogglebox, what a fab campaign!”

AJ Richards wrote that “2021 needs five minutes of Micah Richards and Rustie Lee in the same room”, and Shan swooned: “Jourdan Dunn is so gorgeous.”

Winnie Cammish Cleasby tweeted: “#Gogglebox love it! Imagine being black and only ever seeing white faces on TV… this is a breath of fresh air.”

AdlibTraveller was so impressed she wanted to join the cast, saying: “Serious question, how do I get to go on #Gogglebox? I hardly ever watch but this is hilarious, my sisters and I have none stop banter when watching TV.”

Liz Moffatt simply said: “I salute you tonight @Channel4.”

And addressing individuals who left racist comments on Twitter while the show was being aired, Euphrose posted: “To the negative people your wilful ignorance will not be given attention. Tonight your opinion is the minority.”

Other highlights of Channel 4’s Black to Front day included Mel B’s Packed Lunch, Sir Trevor McDonald’s Countdown and the return of The Big Breakfast courtesy of Mo Gilligan and AJ Odudu.

Gogglebox’s non-celebrity version returns on Channel 4 on September 17 at 9pm