Sunday 25 September 2016

Boy George, Geri Halliwell, and 80s star Marilyn to appear in Gogglebox celebrity special

Eighties pop star Marilyn is also among the first names to be announced for the special charity edition

Catherine Gee

Published 08/10/2015 | 11:22

Boy George, Geri Horner (née Halliwell) and Marilyn will appear on Gogglebox. Photo: Channel 4
Boy George, Geri Horner (née Halliwell) and Marilyn will appear on Gogglebox. Photo: Channel 4

Boy George, Geri Horner (née Halliwell) and Marilyn are the first names to be announced for this year's Gogglebox celebrity special.

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The episode, which airs on Friday 9th, is part of a selection of special programmes designed to raise money for Stand Up to Cancer.

Boy George, Marilyn, Geri Horner (nee Halliwell) will appear in special charity episode of Gogglebox. PIC: Marilyn Peter Robinson Facebook
Boy George, Marilyn, Geri Horner (nee Halliwell) will appear in special charity episode of Gogglebox. PIC: Marilyn Peter Robinson Facebook

Boy George, who next year will replace Tom Jones on the mentoring panel of The Voice UK, has had a long, often-turbulent friendship with Eighties popstar Marilyn (real name Peter Robinson).

Since Marilyn’s 1983 hit single Calling Your Name and appearance on the Band Aid charity single Do They Know It’s Christmas, he has only occasionally appeared in the public eye. But his and George’s relationship was dramatised in Worried About the Boy, BBC Two’s 2010 TV biopic of Boy George.

The outspoken pair are joined by former Spice Girl Geri Horner to give their unbridled opinions on the week’s television.

Channel 4 will also be airing a celebrity edition of First Dates – the participants of which remain under wraps – and special episodes of Chatty Man and The Last Leg.

Marilyn, British pop singer, 1984. Marilyn, real name Peter Robinson, achieved success in the 1980s. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Marilyn, British pop singer, 1984. Marilyn, real name Peter Robinson, achieved success in the 1980s. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Last year’s SU2C event raised £14million for Cancer Research UK and featured Gogglebox cameos from Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Noel Gallagher.

Ed Havard, Channel 4’s Head of Live Events said, “The success of the partnership between C4 and CRUK on Stand Up To Cancer has been remarkable and we have raised many millions of pounds to fund ground breaking cancer trials. We are hugely grateful to all the talent and production companies involved in this campaign and of course to the public who have donated so generously."

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