It’s been over ten (10!) years since The Only Way is Essex burst onto our screens in a frenzy of fake tan and vajazzles, making stars of Mark Wright, Lauren Goodger, Amy Childs and Sam Faiers. It was like nothing we’d ever seen before and, honestly, we were hooked right from the get-go.
Over the past decade, there’s been a whopping 29 (twenty nine!) series of the ITVBe show and almost 100 cast members...of varying duration.
While the show is all about the lives (and now businesses - yawn) of the cast, there are some behind-the-scenes secrets that you’ve probably not heard, including how bosses phone the cast every single day to catch up on the drama and how they are forced to film in empty clubs.
CHECK OUT TOWIE behind-the-scenes secrets
There was controversy over the creation of TOWIE
Remember Big Brother 8 winner Brian Belo? He claimed to have had the original idea for TOWIE and even filmed a pilot called Totally Essex starring Mark Wright, Sam Faiers, Amy Childs and Kirk Norcross. Lime Pictures, the production company that makes the show, always denied Brian's claims and they eventually reached an out of court settlement in 2013.
WATCH Chloe Brockett on her secret row with Yaz, feuding with the Sims sisters and Mark Wright returning
Despite a huge cast cull before it even began, the latest series of TOWIE has been one of the most dramatic yet after it was revealed that Chloe Brockett and James Lock had a secret fling in the summer.
Liam ‘Gatsby’ Blackwell soon got wind of the bombshell and began spreading rumours about Chloe, resulting in them having a massive row on the beach during a trip to Sandbanks. Lockie’s ex Yazmin Oukhellou then returned to the show to confront him for hooking up with Chloe.
Love Island star Jack Fincham recently joined the show and was forced to apologise to his ex Frankie Sims for causing agg between her and her on/off nemesis Chloe. There’s just one episode of the series left and it looks like there’s even more drama to come as a preview clip teased a major fallout between Roman Hackett and Dani Imbert.