WHEN Mark Wright told Towie bosses he wouldn’t be returning for the show’s ten-year anniversary series, it is fair to say they were a little bit miffed.
And the frustration extends to some of the cast. Amy Childs, who IS coming back, has accused Mark of forgetting his roots — and the show that helped to make him famous.
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In an exclusive interview, Amy said: “Towie is a part of our lives. It is how we got famous. Towie basically made us all, so I think it’s only fair we come back to support the show’s ten-year anniversary. Without Towie, Mark and the others wouldn’t be where they are now.
“Mark is a friend of mine but I think we have to remember where we have come from. The show has achieved so much. It has given us all amazing opportunities and lives.
“It is a shame Mark has chosen not to celebrate and be a part of that. It is the least we can do. Everyone loved Mark. He was known as the King of Essex. He’ll always be a huge part of the show and I’m shocked he’s chosen not to be there.
“For those that haven’t gone back, I think it’s sad. Our lives are different now, yes, but we owe all that to Towie and the least we can do is celebrate that.”
Mark is a friend of mine but I think we have to remember where we have come from. The show has achieved so much. It has given us all amazing opportunities and lives.
Joey Essex will also not return. Sam Faiers, as I told last week, previously criticised the reunion yet was happy to take a pay cheque to film pieces to camera for the show.
Amy said: “I know Sam said she wouldn’t come back but apparently she’s already filmed it.”
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Amy added: “I’m back full-time, not just for one series. I’m back on Towie for good. It feels like I’m home.”
DERMOT O’Leary says he found lockdown “challenging” but was helped when his son Kasper was born in June.
Speaking before last night’s Soccer Aid, he said: “It’s been lovely for us to have this time with our little bubba.”
DRAMA STARS KEEP IT CASUAL
THE A&E department in Casualty is used to dealing with almost anything – from the chaos of plane crashes to terrorist attacks.
But as filming of the BBC1 medical drama resumes after Covid halted production months ago, the actors are having to grapple with a new normal. That involves cast members including Amanda Mealing, Charles Venn and Jason Durr having to put on their own make-up.
And while series veteran Derek Thompson might look like he is gearing up to eat his lunch from a plastic sandwich bag, main image, what you see are sterilised props kept sealed for safety.
At least there should be plenty of gloves and facemasks already knocking around.
WHAT? Inside Animal A&E, ITV, 8pm.
WHY? Oohs, aaahs and a few tears await as this new series takes us inside two animal hospitals, where we encounter a bed-wetting dog and a guinea pig battling anxiety.
NET CAST FOR UK’S CATFISH
MTV is finally launching a UK version of its hit online dating show Catfish.
Producers have been on the hunt for Brits who suspect their online relationship is too good to be true and want help discovering the real identity of their suitor.
The US version, created by co-hosts Nev Schulman and Max Joseph in 2012, has aired more than 150 episodes, with often shocking results for those taking part.
A TV insider said: “There are Catfish stories all over the world and MTV are so excited to bring it to the UK.
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“They are already finding some incredible, mysterious online dating stories that need to be told.”
The show is based on Schulman’s 2010 documentary of the same name, which is credited with coining the term “catfishing” to describe luring someone into a relationship via a fake online persona.
In the doc, Nev fell for a stranger on Facebook who turned out to be married with two stepkids. She was using a family friend’s photos.
ITV has launched a hunt for the next big idea in media.
Its Studio 55 Ventures scheme will give investment and mentoring to eight sets of entrepreneurs. After getting £10,000 to develop their concept, the bright sparks will pitch for a long-term deal.
ITV chief exec Carolyn McCall said: “Investing in people with passion, vision and drive is core to our future.”
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