Steve May 14, 2022

Heartstopper star Joe Locke was stunned, to say the least, when he saw that a clip from the Netflix hit appeared on Gogglebox.

Gogglebox, a show quite literally about people watching TV, captured what everyone has felt since the coming-of-age show first dropped on the streaming platform – a lot of smiling, sobbing and screaming.

On Friday night’s (13 May) episode of the Channel 4 show, the cast watched with bleary eyes as Nick Nelson (Kit Connor) shared his first kiss with Charlie Spring (Locke).

The beginning of the Gogglebox episode saw the cast watch the third episode of Heartstopper‘s first season, where Nick and Charlie stumble onto one another at classmate Harry’s 16th birthday at the St George’s Hotel.

Charlie manages to pluck up enough courage to ask Nick if he has a crush on anyone at school as their hands and feet lightly touch – and tiny cartoon lightning bolts fly. And to the tune of Gogglebox stars awning, the pair had their first kiss together.

Stephen Webb turned to his husband Daniel Lustig-Webb and asked: “Do you remember how amazing that felt, the first time you kissed another boy?”

“I do,” Daniel replied, showing just how meaningful any crumb of well-written, authentic representation can be for LGBTQ+ people, as a treat.

“You can’t fight love,” said Pete Sandiford. “You’ve just got to go with the flow.”

Locke, who plays 14-year-old Charlie, couldn’t help but show his excitement that Heartstopper, which has soared to become one of Netflix’s most-watched English Language shows of all times, had just appeared on Gogglebox.

“MY FACE ON GOGGLEBOX WTF,” the 18-year-old actor tweeted.

“And about time, too,” joked the Netflix UK and Ireland Twitter account.

Even Alice Oseman, who penned the original black-and-white Heartstopper webcomic in 2016, was among those tuning in to watch Gogglebox. “THIS MADE ME SO HAPPY,” she said.

And fans agreed. Many praised the show for doing something so simple yet impactful – reflecting LGBTQ+ people back at themselves in an authentic way.


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