Common Sense to premiere on Ten

The makers of Gogglebox have a new show, and it’s pretty much Gogglebox without TVs.
It starts Thursday, July 6 at 8.30pm (Gogglebox was always on Fridays, also).


Here’s the Ten media release:

Meet The People Making Sense Of The News.
A Closer Look At The Cast of Common Sense.

Premieres On TEN And WIN Network, Thursday, 6 July At 8.30pm..
The premiere season of the sensational topical news show Common Sense gives everyday
Australians their chance to offer an unfiltered opinion of the week in news, when it kicks off
on TEN and WIN Network at 8.30pm on Thursday, 6 July.
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.
Guaranteed to get the nation talking, Common Sense is a joint production between Foxtel
and Network Ten and from the makers of the acclaimed, award-winning Gogglebox.

MEET THE COMMON SENSERS:
MICHELLE-ANN, LOIS AND BETTY
BRA AND SWIMWEAR LADIES
MORNINGTON, VICTORIA
Glamorous mother and daughter duo, Lois and Michelle-Ann run a succesful bra and
swimwear shop in Mornington, Victoria.
Betty is an employee and is one the shop’s chief bra fitters. Having served the local town for
decades, the ladies are well-known to the local townsfolk and are well-versed in debating
the local gossip and daily news with each other and the customers.
After hours, Michelle-Ann and Lois also run a quarter horse stud farm, where they breed
cutting horses.

THE YIP FAMILY: DARREN, TRUDY, EILEEN AND MATT
MARKET SELLERS
FLEMINGTON, NSW
The Yip Family are a Chinese-Australian family who sell vegetables at Sydney Markets. Trudi
is the day-to-day manager of the company and working with her are her cousins Matt and
Darren, as well as her Aunt Eileen.
Born in Australia, the Yips speak no Chinese and see themselves as Australians through and
through. While prepping their produce, the news bulletins are regularly blasting from the
radio at the warehouse, with the daily debate often helping them get through their long
day.

BRETT AND LAURENCE
REMOVALISTS
ABBOTSFORD, VICTORIA
Brett and Laurence are an Australian Bill and Ted with an infectious dose of intelligence, wit
and goofiness. They are best mates who met on a shift at work one year ago and bonded
over a mutual appreciation of AC/DC.
Originally from Wagga Wagga NSW, Laurence is a metal-head with big hair and bigger
opinions. Brett is a mullet-wearing, big kid from West Australia with a wicked sense of
humour. Both are avid news consumers and are often found debating and arguing about the
state of the nation, as they lift and haul furniture around the city.

JEAN, AILEEN AND TED
RETIREES
KEYSBOROUGH, VICTORIA
Jean, Aileen and Ted are a young at heart trio who live together in a retirement village
outside Melbourne.
They meet daily to talk about the world while playing cards in the communal crafts room.
Due to their life experiences, each has their own interesting story to tell, from first-hand
accounts of the Depression to the tragedies of war.
Their curiosity about current world news means they are also the first to tackle the daily
exploits of today’s celebrities and they have no issue in giving their take on the latest
Kardashian exploits or celebrity court cases.

ROBERT AND FRANK
FORMER BUSINESS PARTNERS
WOOLLAHRA, NSW
Robert and Frank are a fabulously posh, eccentric and incredibly witty duo. Both in their 70s,
they have a cheeky and educated sense of humour that is both sharp and very charming.
Robert owns an exclusive fashion boutique in Sydney, while Frank refers to himself as an
“urbanist” who advises on urban spaces.
The pair met in the late 1970s and soon became friends and business partners. Being older
and wiser in their life experience, they have an eloquent way of explaining their views and
opinions, which is incredibly entertaining and compelling to watch.

NIKKI AND KATHY
HAIRDRESSERS
KOGARAH, NSW
Nikki and Kathy are lively Greek-Australian hairdressers. Kathy has owned Valet Salon for 20
years, having been a hairdresser since she was 14, while Nikki has been a stylist and
manager at the salon for the past five years.
A married mum of three, Kathy has quite traditional views, especially on parenting. Nikki is a
mum to two young boys and has a more carefree attitude to life and work, which can often
cause lively debate.
Kathy watches breakfast television religiously and makes her kids watch so they can learn
about the world. Instead, Nikki gets her news fix on her phone and on social media.

AYDEN AND JAKE
REAL ESTATE AGENTS
MORNINGTON, VICTORIA
Ayden and Jake are archetypal young real estate agents, full of cheek and charm. They met
when they started work on the same day at a real estate agency around 18 months ago.
They describe themselves as the real Harry and Lloyd from Dumb And Dumber.
Ayden is the dreamer and Jake is the realist. Ayden has been living in Mornington since he
was five and was raised by his single mother. Jake has lived in Mornington for two years.

LUKE AND ERIC
BUTCHERS
GALSTON, NSW
Luke and Eric are likeable, straight-shooting butchers. Eric owns Eric’s Tender Meats and
Luke is his friendly right-hand man. Eric is a traditional, friendly local butcher, having been in
the industry for 25 years. He hired Luke six years ago and they have a delightful father-son
relationship. Eric is a working, single dad and is often a second father figure to Luke. Luke is
due to get married in August.
The shop radio has seen better days but never fails to pump out the daily news, which is a
continual source of debate between the guys and their customers.

HELEN AND SARAH
TECH CREATIVES
DOCKLANDS, VICTORIA
Sarah is the young, intelligent and lively CEO of tech company Girl Geek Academy and Helen
is her equally vivacious employee.
The company encourages women “to learn technology, create start-ups and build more of
the internet”. They have a boss and employee dynamic, but it is a relaxed one.
Helen has a background in cyber safety and is incredibly passionate about it. Sarah learned
computer coding when she was five years old on a computer at school. Helen and Sarah
mainly get their news from online sources and social media. Sarah also listens to a lot of
podcasts.

STEVE AND ANDRE
MARKETING CONSULTANTS
SYDNEY, NSW
Steve and Andre are marketing consultants and friends who met almost 30 years ago when
they were booked to play a DJ set together.
Since then, they have run hospitality venues as well as forging careers as entrepreneurs and
marketing consultants. They currently provide makeovers for businesses that need help to
get back on their feet and become relevant.



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9 Comments

  1. Whatever common sense I might have tells me not to watch this.

    Gogglebox is great but this could be a bridge too far.

    • I’m totally with you there BDD and Von, even the ads for this are off putting. The Goggleboxers took a couple of episodes to settle in but their early days weren’t nearly as uncomfortable as the ads for this are.

  2. Yes, this seems very forced / trying too hard.
    i think googlebox works because they are distracted watching the TV so the “eek i’m being filmed, better say something good” thoughts disappear very quickly, and you get more natural reactions / thoughts. I’m guessing with this they have more time to think about what they are going to say…

  3. I saw butchers fucking around with phones and newspapers while cutting meat… furniture movers that only moved a phone… a hairdresser straightening someone’s hair while leaning on a counter yacking… and market people talking about being too busy to have sex but standing around talking about crap… boring.

    The only ones that really interested me were the oldies because it resembled Gogglebox. Put the oldies into Gogglebox and give the others (and the show) the chop!!!

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