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If there’s one thing which puts a smile on our face it’s Gogglebox.
The hit series can make you laugh and cry at the same time and we’ve fallen in love with the people on it, as they share a slice of their lives with us from their sofas.
And two such people are Mary and Marina, the charming and downright hilarious ladies who first joined the show in 2016.
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But how much do we know about them? Let’s take a look…
Who are Gogglebox’s Mary and Marina?
Mary and Marina are best friends and between their chuckles and tea they keep us very entertained.
Mary is 90, while Marina is 88 and the fan-favourites missed out on the last series of show after producers thought it best not to put them at risk amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking to The Telegraph at the time, producer Tania Alexander said: "Unfortunately, it was not possible to film with the full cast.
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"For example, we took the decision to tell Mary and Marina, who are in their 90s and live in a care home, that we didn't want them put at any risk, so we should stop filming with them altogether."
However, to our relief, Mary and Marina made it back for series 16 after being “well looked after” during lockdown.
After joining the show in 2016, they’ve returned for eight series’ and we’ve smiled and frowned with them over the course of those.
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The ladies are partial to a glass of wine and a cheeky comment which makes for excellent viewing.
The sweet pair first met while in a St Monica Trust retirement village in Bristol some nine years ago, and boy are we glad they did as they became best pals and live there together to this day.
And Mary and Marina were scouted while out doing some shopping, by producers of the show.
Marina explained: “I went across to catch the bus down to Asda and this young girl comes up to me and says 'do you ever watch Gogglebox?' I said, 'well I have done' and she said 'do you want to be on it?' I thought, 'I’m game for a laugh, like'.
“Then she said 'have you got a friend?' And like that, Mary came round the corner on her scooter.”
The hilarious pair were missed by fans when they don’t pop up on the show, with one person writing: “What we need to know is “Are Mary & Marina okay?” #Gogglebox."
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Another said: “I hope Mary and Marina are okay, I miss seeing them!,” said one Twitter user, while another asked: “Does anyone Know How Mary and Marina are doing? Honestly miss them on gogglebox.”
While Mary and Marina have come out with some simply fantastic quotes in their Gogglebox time, we’ve taken a look at some of the best.
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Mary on modern dating: “We never used to play the field, we used to marry the first bloke we had!”
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