It’s time for more fake tans and scripted reality drama with the return of ITV’s The Only Way is Essex returning to our screens this Sunday. While most shows are happy enough to do one series a year, this will mark Towie’s twentieth series since launching in 2010.
So in preparation of watching our favourite ridiculously attractive but sometimes more than a little obnoxious people dominating our screens, here’s a Towie twentieth primer to get you ready.
When to Catch It
You’ll be able to catch episode one of Towie on ITVBe this Sunday, March 5 at 10pm. The show is going to air twice a week on a Sunday and Wednesday for a total of 18 episodes.
Just nine weeks of Towie! No wonder they get through so many series a year.
And if you somehow manage to miss an episode, ITV Hub has your back. Catch any episode you missed at anytime online.
What to Expect From Episode One…
Expect some new faces and new drama to kick off Towie Series 20.
Episode one will feature the group celebrating Gemma’s birthday in Tenerife. Megan’s best friend Amber Turner will join the cast only to be caught up immediately in a rumour started by Liam Gatsby.
Confrontations will start to fly thick and fast; Megan confronts Gatsby, then her boyfriend Pete steps up to bat in her defence. The tension will be so thick you could cut it.
…And the Rest of the Series
As we said before, Megan’s mate Amber Turner is rocking up in episode one and isn’t going to make it till the end credits before bringing drama with her. So really, she should fit right in with the rest of the group.
The much-beloved Marbs is being swapped out for Tenerife this series, but don’t expect it to be any more relaxed than normal.
One storyline we’re eager to see revolves around Pete Wicks and Megan McKenna. How’s their relationship holding up? Are they still together? If not, why not? And how will the answer impact the rest of the group? For better or worse, it’s sure to be good.
Catching Up With Familiar Faces
The cast of Towie has changed a lot over the last seven years. Here are some of the familiar faces you can expect to see returning for the upcoming 20th series.
Megan has been with the show since the dawn of time — otherwise known as the year 2010. She was first sighted auditioning for LOLA, Jessica Wright’s girl-group.
The band might not have lasted long, but Megan became a permanent cast member back in March 2016.
Lots of faces have come and gone over the last 20th series, but Gemma Collins has been with us since 2011. For this show, that’s a millenia.
Gemma rose in popularity very quickly with her straight-talking ways and take-no-crap attitude. She’s managed to use her Towie fame to launch a clothing line, a boutique shop, and make various TV appearances.
And those TV appearances form an impressive resume all their own: Celebrity Big Brother, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, and even Sugar Free Farm have all been graced by Gemma’s presence.
Oh, and in 2013 she released an autobiography called Basically: My Real Life as an Essex Girl.
The stamina she must need to juggle all that on top of her Towie obligations is impressive to say the least.
Bobby has become known as a voice of reason amongst his co-stars since joining the show in the fourth season. He’s always there to lend a sane point of view — and to keep it light with the odd cheeky comment.
Bobby’s had a pretty rough run on the show. While most people on Towie deal with breakups and relationship issues, Bobby had to deal with his pet dog Beau getting mauled by another dog.
That funeral was tough to watch!
Pete has been a series regular since series 15 after making his debut back in 2015. Prior to life on Towie he was a successful businessman, with a string of properties and businesses to his name.
Pete’s left a pretty big mark on the show. His relationship with Megan McKenna is a rollercoaster to say the least, and came to a head in the special The Only Way is Marbs with Megan confronting him about cheating.
Will they still be together by the first episode on Sunday? Or will they have finally called it quits? Time will tell.
James Lock was friends with Pete Wicks prior to them both appearing on the show.
While Pete’s relationship is up in the air, the same can’t be said for James. His relationship with Danielle Armstrong ended during the Christmas special, with the pair calling it off for goods.
And to show how much they meant it when they said “goodbye”, Danielle even left Towie.
He seems to have taken the break-up well, but isn’t above jabbing at Pete and Megan over dinner.
Georgia Kousoulou and Tommy Mallett
It’s fairly safe to say Georgia and Tommy’s relationship isn’t just for the Towie cameras. The cute couple can often be seen displaying their romance well away from the prying eyes of Reality TV land.
Recently Tommy revealed he’s battling with a condition that affects his ability to walk. As good couples do, he and Georgia decided to tackle the problem head-on and up their healthy living game.
Here’s hoping there’s one relationship that doesn’t fall to pieces.
Chloe is another long-timer on the show, first appearing in series 2 back in 2011. The glam mum has become something of a comforting presence to the rest of the cast.
First appearing as a supporting character, she’s since been bumped up to a full-time star role.
Chloe has had some ups and downs when it comes to her passion for glamour. After two breast augmentations and a butt lift, she’s now regretting the decisions. She’s contemplating a reduction and her lift, unfortunately, just didn’t last.
Everyone turns to Chloe in their time of need, but Liam’s preoccupation with her seems to be a bit more enthusiastic than just seeking out a comforting voice.
After trying to win her over for a while now — and even being rejected in the past after confessing his feelings — series 20 might just be where he finally succeeds.
The pair were recently sighted snuggling up together at a family Christmas gathering for her family.
Liam was born Liam Blackwell, but changed his last name to match the classic American literary character known for his exorbitant parties.
We’re guessing he didn’t get to the end of the book, but here’s hoping he fairs better than his namesake!
Dan is one of Towie’s most … tireless lovebirds, to say the least. He joined the show in 2015 with on-off girlfriend Kate Wright. Since then, he’s dated former co-stars Jessica Wright and Lauren Pope.
Series 20 doesn’t see him slowing down. He’s currently dating newcomer Amber Turner. She hasn’t even started on the show and she’s already up to speed in all the drama.
Kate was the object of Dan Edgar’s affections for some time, with multiple attempts made by him to woo her back into his arms.
Nothing seems to have come of it, though.
Not only is Dan now dating Amber Turner, Kate Wright has been reported to be in a relationship with former footballer Rio Ferdinand.
Don’t expect it to be a major talking point on the show, though. Kate’s not interested in using her relationship to leverage more screen-time, and has gone so far as to ban any mention of Rio’s name!
And the New One
Lastly, rounding out the cast we have Amber Turner, making her Towie debut this Sunday.
Amber’s not an entirely new face to Towie watchers. She was previously dating Joey Essex, just weeks after he renewed relationships with ex-girlfriend Sam Faiers in 2012.
She’s also been introduced on Snapchat as Megan McKenna’s close friend.
Apparently when Amber started the show she was living with another ex-Towie member, Jamie Reed. That relationship ended pretty quickly after it was revealed she’d cheated on him with Dan Edgar while filming scenes in Tenerife.
You’ve got to hand it to her, she sure knows how to make a first impression.happy wheels
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