We joined Gogglebox duo Steve Webb and Chris Steed on their famous sofa for a festive chat! Find out what they had to say about their exciting holiday plans, Christmas Day disasters and most memorable gifts…

You can also watch their hilarious reactions to seeing the Coca-Cola ‘Holidays Are Coming’ advert for the first time this year!
 

What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?

Steve: Watching my nephews’ and nieces’ faces light up when they open up their gifts and then hiding all the batteries so none of their toys make any noise.

Chris: My favourite thing is snuggling up at home and watching old movies you’ve grown up with, like The Sound of Music and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. You never get bored of seeing them. It also gives me the opportunity to get my Barbara Streisand Christmas album out and eat lots of yummy food. And no going to the gym because it’s Christmas!

“The Coke ad is always a classic – it’s been going for so many years, it’s timeless.”
— Chris

What signals the start of Christmas for you?

Steve: For me, it has to be Christmas TV and watching the festive adverts each year. Everyone knows Christmas is just around the corner when you hear the ‘Holidays Are Coming’ jingle.

Chris: Oh gosh – when the Christmas lights all go on in Brighton town and when all the Christmas adverts come on – and the Coke ad is a sure sign that Christmas is almost here.

What’s your favourite Christmas advert?

Steve: Definitely the ‘Holidays Are Coming’ advert! It’s so exciting when it comes on. It’s always so magical when you first see it, it really kickstarts the festive season for me.

Chris: It’s fun to see all the different ones each year but the Coke ad is always a classic – it’s been going for so many years, it’s timeless.

When was the first time that you saw the ‘Holidays Are Coming’ advert? 

Steve: Ever since I can remember – it’s like part of growing up. It always made me excited and ready for Santa to come.

Chris: It must have been about 20 years ago – it was the first Christmas I spent in my own home in Chesham and I remember loving the music and it felt really Christmassy.

Where are you spending Christmas this year?

Steve: On a beach with a cocktail and my beloved.

Chris: At home with all my loved ones.

What is the worst Christmas present you’ve ever received?

Steve: I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad present – they’re all lovely. It’s not about the getting, it’s about the giving.

Chris: The worst one was probably candles – I can’t stand being given candles. It’s really unimaginative. To me it means they can’t think of anything you like, so they give you a candle. I love socks because you can never have enough socks, but you can have enough candles – you just burn them in the end!

“One year I cut down someone’s fir tree and used it as a Christmas tree. I was a teenager and we couldn’t afford a tree. I thought I’d be proactive and go out and cut one down in a neighbour’s garden.”
— Chris

Christmas jumpers. Are you a fan?

Steve: Yeah, definitely! Although I don’t buy one every year so I just use the same one. For the last three years mine’s been a reindeer with a bobbly nose. And you’ve got to wear a paper crown from the cracker – all day – you can’t take it off!

Chris: I do like a Crimbo jumper – mine’s a bit too small now so I need a new one this year – I’m looking for something jazzy and bright – maybe a bit tacky!

Have you ever had any Christmas Day disasters?

Steve: There was one year Mum forgot to turn the oven on for the turkey, so we ended up just having the vegetables for Christmas dinner! A vegetarian Christmas lunch! It was ok though, we had the turkey on Boxing day!

Chris: I wouldn’t say disasters, but one year I cut down someone’s fir tree and used it as a Christmas tree. I was a teenager and we couldn’t afford a tree. I thought I’d be proactive and go out and cut one down in a neighbour’s garden. It turned out it wasn’t a proper Christmas tree it was a normal conifer, so all the decorations kept falling off it. Luckily the neighbour never realised it was me!

What do you enjoy most about being on Gogglebox over Christmas?

Steve: Well we finish filming just before Christmas, but I always look forward to seeing the Gogglebox Best Bits programme. It’s fun to look back over the year.

Chris: I like to see all the Christmassy shows coming up to Christmas – it’s fun to have the decorations up in the background and get festive.

Why do you think they chose you to appear on Gogglebox?

Steve: I think it’s for my boyish good looks, wit and charm!! I think they saw how well me and Chris got on and liked our banter.

Chris: I think we reflect real Britain and it’s nice to have a gay duo on the show – but also, we’re obviously really funny!

Do you behave differently when watching TV in front of the cameras?

Steve: No – you get so used to it you really do forget the cameras are there.

Chris: Of course not. In fact, when I’m not filming I’m exactly the same – my husband Tony is always telling me to shut up and stop talking through the programmes.

“I’d love to have a Diet Coke with Nicole Scherzinger from the Pussycat Dolls. I think she seems a real laugh.”
— Steve

What’s your favourite – Coca-Cola Classic, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar or Diet Coke?

Steve: Diet Coke with loads of ice.

Chris: Classic all the way. It’s the original – the Coke of all Cokes.

When is the best festive moment to enjoy your favourite Coca-Cola drink?

Steve: It’s always nice to have a Diet Coke in front of the TV after a long day enjoying Christmas festivities.

Chris: After a hard day at work – cuddling up on the sofa with a nice glass of Coke.

Which TV star or character would you love to share a Coke with?

Steve: I’d love to have a Diet Coke with Nicole Scherzinger from the Pussycat Dolls. I think she seems a real laugh and like she’d tell you some good gossip.

Chris: I’d love to share a Coke with Barbara Streisand. I think she’d like a bit of booze added to her Coke!

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