Gogglebox Australia asked a simple question: what are real Australian families saying when they sit down to watch TV together?
The characters on the show were fantastic. It was brilliantly casted, entertaining, and felt wonderfully real.
Now, the TV boffins over at Endemol Shine Australia are replicating the concept. Except instead of listening in to conversations in the family home, they’re turning their attention to the other place Australians spend the majority of their time.
Listen: Executive Producer David McDonald takes us behind the scenes of Common Sense on The Binge. Post continues after audio.
Basically, ten workplaces across Australia – think everything from hairdressers and tech entrepreneurs to removalists and retirees – are filmed on an ongoing basis from remote cameras (there’s no cameraman) inside their workplace.
Their conversations are recorded as they discuss and react to everything in the news that week.
The Tenplay website reads, “Common Sense features a cast of everyday people from 10 diverse environments across Australia discussing the news of the week and making sense of it all in a light-hearted, honest and hilarious way.
Executive Producer David McDonald spoke to Mamamia’s Entertainment Editor Laura Brodnik on The Binge, Mamamia‘s TV podcast, this week, letting us in on how the show was cast.
“Most of it was street casting,” says McDonald. “It was producers hitting the road, going out and finding people. From there, a bit of an audition process that funnelled it down to the final ten workplaces that we’ve got.”
“They [the producers] really go out with nothing, and have to find people.”