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Only Way Is Essex, The - Format

45 min episodes

High fashion, beautiful people, whirlwind lives

A BAFTA award-winning ground-breaking format combining drama, reality and comedy entertainment. The Only Way Is… is a real living soap opera following the glamorous lives and big characters of a group of young, rich, beautiful people who date each other and hate each other. Shot and edited in virtual real time, there are no actors and no script – so what viewers see are real people, real stories, and real lives.

Broadcaster(s)

ITV2 (UK) ITVBe (UK)

Ratings

Premirred with a market share 79% higher than any other programme in multi-channel homes, and won the time slot every night it was broadcast! 

The 1st ep of 2nd series won the timeslot! Second series continued to achieve fantastic ratings and won the time slot every night it was broadcast

Awards

C21 Frapa Format Awards 2011 - Best Multi-Platform Format
BAFTA Awards 2011 - YouTube Audience Award
National Television Awards 2013 - Most Popular Entertainment Programme (nomination)
National Television Awards 2012 - Most Popular Reality Programme (nomination)
National Reality Television Awards 2016 - Best Entertainment Show (nomination)
National Reality Television Awards 2016 - Best Reality Non-Competition Show (nomination)
National Reality Television Awards 2016 - Megan Mckenna - Best Female Personality (nomination)
National Reality Television Awards 2016 - Lydia Bright - Best Female Personality (nomination) 
National Reality Television Awards 2016 - Pete Wicks - Best Male Personality (nomination)
National Reality Television Awards 2016 - Jon Clark - Best Male Personality (nomination)

Credit Line

Lime Pictures for ITV2, UK

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