They are one of the original Gogglebox stars, but what do we know about the Siddiquis lives away from the cameras and who are the unseen family members
As one of the original Gogglebox families, the Siddiquis were pioneers for the series when it started.
The Derby-based family is made up of dad Sid and brothers Baasit and Umar, but there are lots of family members we have not seen on-screen and one who has disappeared.
Retired engineer Sid, who moved from Pakistan aged 16, has been married to wife Nasreen for 37 years.
The couple also have two daughters, but none of the of the family have appeared on the show – and the lads were previously been joined by eldest son Raza.
IT teacher Baasit is a father-of-two, sharing daughter Amelia and son Theodore with his wife Melissa, and regularly posts photos of his children and other half on social media.
Amelia has actually made the odd appearance on Gogglebox with her dad, uncle and granddad Sid, while wife Melissa has never appeared but often posts about the show on social media.
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On a family day out last summer, he wrote: “Lots of family fun with these lovely people. Got to love your daily family walk when the weathers this nice.”
Umar, who has worked as a biomedical Scientist in Microbiology at the Royal Derby Hospital for 17 years, is also married but his wife has not featured on the programme either.
The boys’ mum Nasreen has explained why she has never appeared in front of the camera and never will.
“Oh no, it’s not something for me,” she said. “I don’t speak very good English and I’m very shy.
“It’s best left to the boys. You won’t get me on the TV,” she added, in an interview with the Daily Mail.
However, viewers did get a rare glimpse of her last year when Baasit posted a photo of his loving parents along with his daughter, Amelia, leading many to plead for Nasreen to join the boys on the sofa.
Alongside the cute snap, Baasit wrote: “I was trying to get a photo of all three of these guys staring at the camera and smiling! Dad is like a statue with that smile but Mum and Amelia we’re doing it on purpose.
“Each time one of them would smile the other would look the other way or swap! The Siddiqui ladies are a stubborn and cheeky bunch.”
While Raza departed after only a couple of series, he has been back on the sofa for one-off appearances in recent times.
It’s not bee completely plain sailing for the Siddiquis on the show, as the brothers were forced to apologise after making an ISIS joke on social media in August 2016.
The police were contacted after they shared a post on Facebook of them smiling while getting ready for a game of paintballing dressed in camouflage outfits
Gogglebox favourites Baasit and Umar, along with brother Raza, who all posed for a snap, captioned it: “ISIS training day, look how happy we look!”
While some thought it was light-hearted, others branded them “f***ing idiots”, saying that nobody should be joking about ISIS as is it no laughing matter.
After the picture was uploaded by Raza, it triggered the police to follow up the complaint and make numerous visits.
Taking to Twitter to apologise, Baasit wrote: “The image on Facebook was meant to be light-hearted but was clearly a joke that was misjudged. We are extremely sorry for any offence caused.”
Initially, the police stated that they were trying to contact the brothers about the image.
A police spokesperson told The Mirror: “Officers have been to see them over the weekend, they have been to the house a couple of times, visiting again yesterday, but they are not home.
“They will keep trying until they are able to speak to them about the photograph.”
Derbyshire Police concluded there were no terrorism links, but said they would be “offering suitable words of advice”.
A spokesperson for Channel 4 also told us: “The Siddiquis have not been under investigation by local police, they are aware that this post was misjudged and have apologised for their mistake. It will not affect their position on Gogglebox.”
Last year, there were fears for Sid when he was missing from a few episodes amid the coronavirus pandemic.
But assuring fans he was in a good place, Side tweeted: “”Hi, good morning everyone thank you so much for so many well wishes.
“Apologies for not tweeting I have been a bit under the weather but I’m absolutely fine now and hopefully be with you soon on #Gogglebox Please take care and be safe.”
The Siddiqui family have been very open about what goes on behind-the-scenes during filming.
“There are two remote cameras in the room when they’re filming,” Baasit told the Derby Telegraph.
“One is focusing on the family on the sofa and the other turns and films the close-ups of us.
“If one of us says something or reacts to something in a shocked way the camera will zoom into us. We have become so used to it now it just feels like a normal evening.”
*Gogglebox airs tonight on Channel 4 at 9pm
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