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'Gogglebox' Viewers Praise 'Trooper' Caroline Aherne, Amid Ongoing Lung Cancer Treatment

Fans of the show have heaped praise on its 'inspirational' and 'courageous' narrator

12/03/2016 11:35 GMT

Caroline Aherne was lauded by ‘Gogglebox’ viewers on Friday night (11 March), for continuing to narrate the hit show, despite her ongoing health issues.

The comedy writer and performer has provided the witty voiceover for the Channel 4 series since its inception in 2013, staying with it throughout its meteoric rise from cult favourite to must-watch show.

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Caroline Aherne at an event in 2007

Although she is currently being treated for lung cancer, Caroline continues to record her voiceover for the current series of ‘Gogglebox’ every week, and when some viewers noted on Friday that she was sounding more poorly than usual, they were quick to share their praise.

Flocking to Twitter, viewers heaped praise on Caroline for her strength, calling her a “trooper” and an “inspiration” for her perseverance.

A Channel 4 spokesperson told The Mirror that Caroline was currently fighting “a bad cold”, causing her voice to sound different to usual.

In 2014, Caroline first shared the news that she had been diagnosed with lung cancer, insisting at the time that she would “continue to narrate Gogglebox for as long as Gogglebox want me”.

She later revealed how her sense of humour had helped her deal with the experience, joking in a speech at the Macmillan Cancer Improvement Partnership scheme launch: “So many funny things happen when you're in [hospital] and, looking back, you do have a right laugh with the nurses… although I was on morphine, so maybe it was just me laughing.

"But that's a way I think you can cope with it. If you can separate yourself from it, a sense of humour really, really helps."

Caroline has previously fought bladder cancer, having also been diagnosed with cancer of the retina as a child.

Craig Cash, with whom she co-wrote and appeared alongside in ‘The Royle Family’, has previously stepped in to narrate ‘Gogglebox’, in instances when Caroline has been unable to record her voiceover.

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