Gogglebox have paid a sweet tribute to show member Lesley Land, following the publicist's devastating death at the age of 49 years old.
Lesley was a longtime publicist for Channel 4 series for more than eight years, working on programmes including Gogglebox, The Big Narstie Show and The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan, before her death on December 2, 2022.
At the end of last night's episode of the beloved TV programme Gogglebox, the show aired a sweet tribute to Lesley by sharing a photograph of the publicist.
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The tribute was accompanied by the words: "In loving memory – Lesley Land, 1981-2022."
In a statement at the time of her death, Channel 4 said: "Everyone at Channel 4 is deeply saddened by the news that our long-standing colleague and friend, Lesley Land, passed away last Friday."
Lesley had most recently been working on a documentary about antisemitism for the channel, with the broadcaster saying in the statement that "she said she had never been prouder to work on a programme."
The statement continued: "Lesley was a wonderful friend, a generous colleague and made tremendous fun wherever she went. But ultimately family was at the core of Lesley’s life.
"Our hearts go out to them at this devastating time. Much loved by all who knew her, she will be sorely missed."
Fellow stars from the world of entertainment paid tribute to Lesley following her death, including Doctor Who frontrunner Russell T Davies, who had worked with the publicist on the programme previously.
He told Variety: "There’s no one you’d rather be with when pushing a Dalek up a ramp at 3am.
"Of course, her uncle, Michael Grade, famously cancelled ‘Doctor Who’ back in the 80s. ‘To hell with him!’ she’d say, hooting, loving him dearly."
Cath Taylor, co-founder of PR agency Taylor Herring, also paid tribute to Lesley in a tweet, saying: "Heartbroken about Lesley Land.
"She was an iconic presence at Taylor Herring, an exceptional PR diva, her brilliance, her wit, her class were one in a million #riplesleyland my thoughts & love go to her family, colleagues at C4 and all the talented people who got to work with her."
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