GOGGLEBOX’s Lee Riley has been forced to spend his 52nd birthday apart from partner Steve as he goes into quarantine ahead of the new series.
The TV star is back filming brand new episodes of the Channel 4 hit show, but he now has to celebrate his special day without his partner.
His best pal and Gogglebox partner Jenny Newby posted a sweet birthday message to Lee on their joint Twitter account.
She penned: “A big happy birthday, to my couch potato, and best friend Lee have a great day much love jenny xx.”
The pair delighted fans as they returned to the caravan and revealed behind-the-scenes pics of filming the show.
They shared a snap of their hi-tech filming equipment with a monitor showing the pair on screen, telling fans: “Gogglebox Series 16 take1.”
The hit Channel 4 programme, where families analyse and share witty opinions on the nation’s favourite shows, returns on Friday night at 9pm.
Lee and Jenny will be seen in their Hull caravan and have already given viewers a glimpse inside the static home.
The TV favourites can be seen in a range of social media pictures in and around the caravan as they isolate together.
Lee Riley posted a picture of the pair with full glasses in hand, surrounded by booze, looking onto the huge TV and giving fans a view out of the caravan window framed by cream and brown tartan curtains.
Lee had an emotional farewell with his boyfriend Steve Mail as he flew back to the UK from Cyprus.
The telly favourite – usually paired with his pal Jenny Newby – had a goodbye dinner with his partner of 26 years before leaving to film the brand new season of Gogglebox.
Steve wrote on social media: “Never tire of this peaceful and chilled idyllic hideaway thanks for a fabulous time Lee Riley safe journey back to Blighty.
“Love you to the moon and back #vounikinghotelandrestaurant #cyprus2020 #gogglebox #series16.”