The Only Way Is Essex (2010– )

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The Only Way Is Essex is a reality series which follows some people living in Essex, including a club promoter, a would-be model, a member of a girl band and two bar workers. Each episode features action filmed just a few days previously.


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Series cast summary:
 Voiceover (146 episodes, 2010-2014)
James Argent ...
 Himself (143 episodes, 2010-2014)
Jessica Wright ...
 Herself (139 episodes, 2010-2014)
Gemma Collins ...
 Herself (133 episodes, 2011-2014)
Sam Faiers ...
 Herself (131 episodes, 2010-2014)
Chloe Sims ...
 Herself (125 episodes, 2011-2014)
Billie Faiers ...
 Herself (124 episodes, 2010-2014)
Lauren Pope ...
 Herself (123 episodes, 2010-2014)
Joey Essex ...
 Himself (109 episodes, 2011-2013)
Lucy Mecklenburgh ...
 Herself (108 episodes, 2010-2013)
Mario Falcone ...
 Himself (104 episodes, 2011-2014)
James Bennewith ...
 Himself (103 episodes, 2011-2014)
Bobby Cole Norris ...
 Himself (94 episodes, 2012-2014)
Tom Pearce ...
 Himself (94 episodes, 2012-2014)
 Herself (92 episodes, 2010-2014)
Ricky Rayment ...
 Himself (90 episodes, 2012-2014)
Patricia Brooker ...
 Herself (88 episodes, 2010-2014)
Carol Wright ...
 Herself (82 episodes, 2011-2014)
Frankie Essex ...
 Herself (71 episodes, 2011-2013)
Lauren Goodger ...
 Herself (67 episodes, 2010-2012)
Jasmin Walia ...
 Herself (61 episodes, 2010-2014)
Kirk Norcross ...
 Himself (59 episodes, 2010-2013)
Chris Drake ...
 Himself (59 episodes, 2012-2013)


The Only Way Is Essex is a reality series which follows some people living in Essex, including a club promoter, a would-be model, a member of a girl band and two bar workers. Each episode features action filmed just a few days previously.

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TV has hit an all time low
11 October 2010 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

When I saw the adverts for the show I initially thought, wow. The UK has collected in on the money train of a half reality/half fiction show, such as The Hills or The City. I have never been a fan of these shows but when they said it was based around the the lives of the Essex young I thought, yeah this could really work. Everyone I have ever met from Essex has always been fun, full of energy, classy with an extraordinary personality. In my mind the concept could not go wrong and initially I thought this type of show will spawn the next generation of young stars in the UK that girls will want to dress like and boys will fantasise over. Boy was I wrong......

I understand that there is a certain amount of "making things up to create good tele" but at least with the Hills its sometimes believable. These girls and guys make Essex people look really dumb and shallow and I would be ashamed of myself if I was a native to the county. Yes of course there are elements in the characters that are true to real people but they are not defined by these ridiculous statements and poor decisions that these characters seem to live by?

As with any bad show, one can sometimes find the "tongue in cheek" value that is sometimes contrived, but I genuinely believe the producers are trying to buy into the fact that these things happen on a day to day basis and they want us to follow their lives with real interest. If you have not seen an episode yet, do so with an open mind but I am sure if you have an once of decency and respect in your bodies you will come to similar conclusions as I have.

This is not the sort of show I will be chatting about down the pub and that's what TV should be about. Please remove this terrible show from a valuable Sunday night slot and replace it with a show that doesn't make me angry about the world.

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