Exclusive: The Only Way Is Essex series 12 WILL kick off with Marbella special!

Published Thursday, Apr 17 2014, 17:20 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
The Only Way Is Essex will kick off the new series in Marbella, it has been confirmed.

Just yesterday (16 April), James 'Arg' Argent let slip that the cast will be heading off to their regular holiday vacation of Marbs in Spain for series 12.

The Only Way Is Essex cast - series 11 - February 2014.Featured: James Lock, Danielle Armstrong, Gemma Collins, Tom Pearce, Ricky Rayment, Ferne McCann, Mario Falcone, Charlie Sims, Dan Osborne, Elliott Wright, Lewis Bloor, Jasmin Walia, Chloe Sims, Jessica Wright, James 'Arg' Argent, Billie Faiers, Sam Faiers, Lauren Pope, James 'Diags' Bennewith and Bobby Norris.

© ITV / Nicky Johnston

While the exact date is yet to be announced, the ITV2 reality show will return in the summer and a rep for the show has now confirmed to Reveal: "The next series of TOWIE will kick off in Marbella."

In the last series, viewers saw Arg's ex-girlfriend Lydia Bright make a dramatic return to the show, after originally leaving at the end of 2012.

As always, TOWIE producers never officially confirm the cast so far ahead of a new series, but a source tells Reveal: "Lydia Bright will be back as a regular cast member." Exciting!

TOWIE eleventh season finale, Lydia Bright's return shocks James 'Arg' Argent and Gemma Collins, aired 2 April 2014


In an interview with BBC Radio 2 this week, Arg revealed that he's getting into shape ahead of his trip to Marbs - but is he also hoping to get back in Lydia's good books?

"We're filming the next series in Marbella, so I'm presuming there's going to be a lot of pool party scenes with my top off," he said. "I don't want to end up looking like a beach whale so fingers crossed in about six weeks time I'll be nice and healthy and all tanned up in Marbella!"

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