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Viewers go crazy for Gogglebox’s Sandy and Sandra

MUST-SEE TV: Sandy Channer, left, and Sandra Martin, right, have earned celebrity status as stars of Channel 4’s Gogglebox

GOGGLEBOX GEMS Sandy and Sandra have stolen the nation’s hearts.

The south London duo, who have been friends for over 40 years, have had to get used to being stopped in the streets since their TV appearance on the Channel 4 hit show.

Sandra Martin AKA Queen B, 51, from Brixton told The Voice: “It’s phenomenal! I get mobbed! People keep coming up to me wanting photographs and autographs.”

Sandy Channer, 47, also from Brixton, chipped in: “It’s amazing! I get recognised a lot and I’m loving it. We were out and we saw Nick Grimshaw from Radio 1 and Miquita [Oliver].

"It was so funny because they recognised us and I was like ‘duh, we are supposed to be the ones recognising you!’ It was mad!”

Gogglebox, for those who do not know, is a weekly fly-on-the-wall reality TV show which captures the opinions of households across the UK while they watch television. Its second series ended last night (Dec 18).

Sandy is currently unemployed but previously owned wine bars in Streatham and Peckham. The mother-of-two used to sing at the Tower in Blackpool with Larry Grayson when she was younger, and so is no stranger to being the centre of attention.

The best friends have been filmed in Sandra’s home since March this year, while they watch TV programmes including soaps, documentaries and reality TV. Throughout the series, the friend’s no-nonsense conversations and comical moments have had the nation in stitches, such as when they discovered Sandra had a mouse.

During series one, watching A Very British Wedding, Sandra said: “When I got married to my last husband, we never had nothing.” Sandy responded: “You’ve never had a cake?”

Sandra: “Nope, straight down KFC.”

According to Sandra, “I seem to have the talent to make people laugh, but I just don’t realise it’s so funny when it comes out.”

Along with Sandy and Sandra, the show also brought viewers into the homes of retired teachers, Leon and June from Liverpool, the Tapper family from north London and the Michael family from Brighton.

Sandy and Sandra are the only black people on the show.

Sandy said: “There needs to be more black people on TV, and I hope more will start coming out. I enjoy representing black people; we can say things for people who don’t get a chance to.

"We can bring up the issues, and say what we think is real, and the truth. From a black point of view, I think it’s really positive”.

Sandra, who has four children, three grandchildren, and another grandchild on the way, said viewers enjoy watching them because they “keep it real.”

Her best friend agreed: “We bounce off each other, and we’re just having fun. We make them laugh, and that’s different to a lot of TV out there at the moment. If you make people smile, then they are going to like you.

“There’s so much sadness out there nowadays, people need this.”

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