Gogglebox favourites Giles and Mary hint at life-changing move

Gogglebox fans have grown accustomed to seeing Giles and Mary’s brand of forthright, no-holds-barred humour on the Channel 4 show.

However, the married couple revealed in a book published today that they may now wave country living goodbye, despite having called their picturesque Wiltshire village home for the past 30 years.

Teasing that the pair are headed for London, Giles revealed: “Were I a shrub, I would say I have only tentatively put down roots here in Wiltshire.

“They are not yet thick or stubborn enough to prevent me from uprooting myself for the final chapter of my life.”

Talking in the memoir Country Life: A Story of Peaks and Troughs, he added decisively: “After 30 years, I am now ready to transplant myself again.”

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Meanwhile, Mary has made it clear that she feels she’s missed out as a result of her quiet and rural existence and insists she wants to spend her “final decade” of life in the capital.

“As a woman who can’t drive, I have been exiled these past three decades to a village without a bus service,” she lamented in the book.

“It means that, over the years, I’ve missed at least 600 London parties, gallery openings and book launches, to say nothing of memorial services and lectures and art exhibitions.”

She then suggested her friends and family would be “20 times” more likely to visit her if she had a London residence than where she is now.

“I’m certain that a London dwelling would be the best choice for the final decade of life. It’s too much of a nuisance to visit someone who lives in the country, no matter how much you love them,” she stated.

Meanwhile, she cheekily suggested that Giles ought to start work again, therefore doing the retirement process in reverse.

The painter earlier revealed that he’d been able to retire at 21, and Mary had no hesitation about shutting him down when he suggested Covid had come along just as he was about to “start enjoying” his retirement.

“What retirement?” she hit back on the Channel 4 show, exclaiming: “You haven’t worked first!”

On the other hand, Mary’s writing career has kept her occupied over the years, including numerous published books and a gig as an agony aunt for politics magazine The Spectator.

Country Life: A Story of Peaks and Troughs is released today on Ebury Spotlight.

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