Gogglebox’s Marcus and Mica set for new project - and Shaun Ryder and Bez are involved

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3 Jul 2024, 14:13

L: Gogglebox’s Marcus and Mica. R: Bez and Shaun Ryder

Credit: Channel 4

Having quit Gogglebox back in 2022 after four years on the hit show, Marcus Luther and Mica Ven have announced their next project.

The two stars are set to take part in a new digital series, which will also feature Happy Mondays legends - and Celebrity Gogglebox favourites - Bez and Shaun Ryder.

Olympian Kriss Akabusi and his daughter are also involved in the series, which is called Celebrity Send Off.



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But what is Celebrity Send Off? 

Well, the online show sees the duos take part in a unique experiment to organise a pretend funeral for their celebrity counterpart. After seeing what could be in store for them, the celebs open-up an honest conversation about how they’d like their funeral to run one day. They will have support and advice from the experts of Co-op Funeralcare. 

In episode one, which lands today (Wednesday 3rd July) at 6pm, Bez takes on the role of arranger and Shaun prepares to think hard about what he’d like for his own funeral. Both of them say they’d like to respect Shaun’s Catholic upbringing with a traditional church service.

Episode two (17th July) will feature Gogglebox faves Marcus and Mica, with the former taking on the role of arranger. Whilst he has lots of creative ideas, including white doves being released in her honour and an elaborate Gogglebox floral design, Mica is scared of doves, and wants to honour things other than Gogglebox!  

The final episode in the trio (31st July), will feature fitness coach Shakira Akabusi, addressing the funeral details of her father, Olympian and broadcaster Kriss Akabusi.

Hanzla MacDonald, Digital Development Executive for Youth and Digital at Channel 4 said that the show is a way of “normalising conversations around death and smashing taboos through entertainment,” and “creating a talking point that lets people open up to their loved ones about their wishes for when they’re no longer here.”

Speaking about being on the show, dancing star Bez said: “Bit of a weird one this, I didn’t want to think about my best mate dying, but cos I know him so well I actually enjoyed getting creative and thinking of some ideas for his fake funeral that I knew he’d be chuffed with.

“I got really into it and imagined him looking down (or up!) and laughing at what I’d organised for him.”

His pal Shaun added: “Experiencing my own funeral arranged by Bez was a surreal moment to say the least. I always thought I’d have a burial, but Bez thought I’d go for a cremation. However, I loved his ideas. What I had in my own head and seeing what Bez created for me made me appreciate the importance of having open conversations about funeral wishes, as it’s not something we really do.”

Episode one of Celebrity Send Off can be streamed from 6pm on Wednesday 3rd July on Channel 4's YouTube.