The Only Way Is Essex series 1 The first series of the show began airing on 10 October and concluded on 10 November , consisting of 10 episodes. Due to the success of the series, a Christmas special aired the same year on 24 December This was the only series to feature cast members Candy Jacobs and Michael Woods.
Chatty Man on 21 February to discuss the first series and also confirmed a second series. Series 2 [ edit ] Main article: Due to the popularity of the first series, the second series consisted of 14 episodes.
Series 3 [ edit ] Main article: The Only Way Is Essex series 3 The third series began airing on 24 September and concluded on 9 November , consisting of 14 episodes. The cast of the third series excluding Wright and Norcross covered the Wham! Series 4 [ edit ] Main article: The Only Way Is Essex series 4 The fourth series began airing on 29 January and concluded on 29 February , consisting of 10 episodes.
Mick Norcross returned to the series for the first time without his son Kirk. This was also the first series where the opening scenes changed to include silhouettes of the current characters, with the theme tune playing on the background. Series 5 [ edit ] Main article: The Only Way Is Essex series 5 The fifth series began airing on 15 April and yet again ran for 10 episodes concluding on 27 May The series included just one new cast member as Danni Park-Dempsey made her first appearance.
It was also the last to include Georgina Dorsett who left after just two series. Shortly after the series, an hour-long special entitled The Only Way Is Marbs, set in the holiday destination of Marbella , aired on 13 June Series 6 [ edit ] Main article: Lauren Goodger confirmed that this series would be her last and she departed at the end of the series. Former cast member Mark Wright, who last appeared in Series 3, made a cameo in the eighth episode, but did not have a speaking part.
Series 7 [ edit ] Main article: The Only Way Is Essex series 7 The seventh series started airing from 30 September with all of the cast from the previous series returning apart from Lauren Goodger, and original cast member Kirk Norcross returning to the series after departing in Series 3. The series was renewed for two further series in August , set to air sometime in The live episode was met with numerous negative reviews, with Digital Spy commenting that it just didn't work and was complete car crash TV with it not making much sense.
On 14 December it was confirmed that former cast member Mark Wright would return for a cameo appearance in the Christmas special. Original cast member Lydia Bright, Tom Kilbey , and Cara Kilbey all left after this series, and it was the first to include Danny Walia and Jasmin Walia, who had previously made a cameo in the first Christmas special of the show.
Series 8 [ edit ] Main article: Twin sisters Amy and Sally Broadbent were also confirmed to have joined the cast however after two episodes, Lucy Mecklenburgh announced on Twitter that they had been used by the show to create storylines and had been dropped from the cast. However he only appeared in two episodes. It also featured the one off return of Lydia Bright, who had previously featured in the show from Series 1 through to 7.
Series 10 [ edit ] Main article: Ahead the series finale it was confirmed that Joey Essex would make his final appearance. As well as being the last series to include Joey, Abi, and Little Chris also made their final appearances during this series. A third Christmas special aired on 11 December and was Lucy Mecklenburgh's final episode. Series 11 [ edit ] Main article: The Only Way Is Essex series 11 The eleventh series started airing from 23 February consisting of 12 episodes, ending on 2 April This series was the first to include Fran Parman, Grace Andrews and Georgia Kousoulou but was the last to feature original cast member Sam Faiers as she departed to focus on her health.
Mark Wright also made another cameo appearance during this series, and it also included the return of Lydia Bright who made a full-time return to the series during the series finale. Series 12 [ edit ] Main article: Original cast member Harry Derbidge made a full-time return to this series, however he was axed at the end of the series and did not return for the thirteenth. It was also the final series to feature Grace Andrews but first to include Vas J. Mario Falcone was also absent during this series following a suspension.
Series 13 [ edit ] Main article: The new channel also launched on 8 October Because of this, the first episode of The Only Way Is Ibiza featured a live after party straight after the episode hosted by Mark Wright and narrator of the show Denise van Outen.
Mario Falcone returned to the series following his suspension. This was the final series to feature long running cast member Tom Pearce, and the only series to include Georgia "George" Harrison. Tommy "Mal" Mallet also made his first appearance during this series. George later went onto appear in Love Island in Series 14 [ edit ] Main article: The Only Way Is Essex series 14 The fourteenth series began on 22 February and consisted of thirteen episodes ending on 5 April Original cast member Arg returned to the show after his suspension during the thirteenth series.
After the launch of the new series, Mark Wright returned to host another live after party. Series 15 [ edit ] Main article: As well as confirming the new launch date, it was confirmed that ITV had renewed the show for a further six series, taking it to series He returned to the show during the fourth episode.
This is the first series to be included under the new contract which was confirmed on 3 June , renewing the show for a further six series. She had appeared on the show since the second series. This was the last series to feature Nanny Pat who died on 16 December , and Lauren Pope who made her exit during the series.
Series 17 [ edit ] Main article: On 9 March , it was announced that former Ex on the Beach star and Celebrity Big Brother housemate Megan McKenna has joined the cast and would be making her debut during the th episode. However, Megan previously made a brief appearance on the first Essexmas special in where she originally auditioned for Jess Wright's new girl group.
New cast member Amber Dowding joined the show for this series. Series 19 [ edit ] Main article: The Only Way Is Essex series 20 The twentieth series began on 5 March with the cast heading to Tenerife ,  and concluded on 3 May after eighteen episodes, making this the longest series to date. The Only Way Is Essex series 21 The twenty-first series began on 10 September with the cast heading to Marbella ,   and concluded after seventeen episodes on 5 November , making it the second longest series to date after it was confirmed that the lengths of each series would be extended.
With this announcement, it was revealed that Mike Hassini would also be returning to the series having previously left the show after the eighteenth series. This was also the first series to include new cast members Ruby Lacey and Taylor Barnett. It was also confirmed that the series will only air once a week unlike past series which aired twice a week.
It was also announced that episode running times would be increased from 50 minutes to 60 minutes.