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The Only Way is Essex's hapless attempt at a live broadcast wasn't just bad television; it was barely television at all

Like me, you might have naively blundered into last night's The Only Way Is Essex Live in search of answers. The machinations of structured reality shows such as Towie have always been murky, with viewers never really knowing how much of anything is a setup, so watching an episode that deliberately stripped away a few levels of artifice seemed like it would be a fascinating experiment in curtain-peeking. Then it started and, like me, you might have instantly wondered what the hell you were thinking.

If you missed it, there are barely any words to describe how awful Towie Live was. I'd suggest that you watch it on catchup, but I don't want to be billed for all the televisions and laptops that it'd make you destroy in »

- Stuart Heritage

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