Septuagenarians Barry Pollock and Gladys Jennings are rapidly adjusting to national stardom after their pub chat, overheard by ITV 2 Producer, Gareth Green, inspired what has become a runaway Summer TV juggernaut.
Says Green: ‘The idea for The Love Pub came to me in a flash when I just happened to be in their local and I heard Barry and Glad’s mix of utter bollocks and I’ll-informed xenophobic rubbish. I thought what about if I fund them seven days a week to drink and chat in the back bar and film it all and see what happens. It’ll be TV gold. And my intuition has proven well founded. It’s surpassed all expectations and has made Love Island look like the One Show.’
Last night over 10.7 million viewers watched the season finale in total astonishment as after hammering down milk stouts and light and bitters all evening, the pair went out into the car park and had what Barry called a ‘knee trembler’ over behind the skips. Both emerged ten minutes later with Barry doing up his flies and Gladys zipping up her anorak.
Plans are now afoot to increase numbers for next year and fly them both along with four each of their friends out to Mallorca where they will live in a holiday care home for eight weeks.
‘We can’t wait to see what an extended format with endless sun, sand and sangria will produce,’ says a delighted Green. ‘Just so long as they don’t die in the meantime.’