TOWIE: As series 17 starts filming, what happened during the last series?

Published Monday, Feb 15 2016, 13:42 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
TOWIE has started filming for the upcoming 17th series (woohoo!) so we figured it was time for a bit of a recap about what happened last time we saw the Essex gang on screen.

That was back in December with the Essexmas special. It was only two months ago but if you're anything like us, you've probably forgotten some of the major drama because the showbiz world moves FAST. Right?

So, here's a rundown of the 11 most important points:

1. Return one: Lauren Goodger

Lauren Goodger
The Only Way Is Essexmas, exclusively on ITVBe on Wednesday 16th December from 10pm.


It was hugely hyped and didn't disappoint as Lauren Goodger returned to the show that made her famous. Sadly her appearance was pretty fleeting, as she just popped into Chloe Sims' salon for a quick pamper session and to chat about her new slimline look and feeling happier than ever.

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2. Return two: Gemma Collins

Pete Wicks embarrasses Gemma Collins
16 December


Like Lauren Goodger, Gemma returned for a cameo, helping Pete Wicks and James 'Lockie' Lock choose some festive clothing at her store. She and Bobby Cole Norris were also the ones who encourage them to go up to Scotland to visit everyone. "Go and get your girls."

Return 3: Mario Falcone

TOWIE Essexmas: Mario returns and talks with Chloe
16 Dec 2015


Another star returning at Essexmas was Mario, who stopped by Billie Faiers' house to give baby Nelly a Christmas present: wooden antlers! Bizarre? Well, he explained it was to remember the cast trip to Lapland where Chloe Sims thought antlers were made from wood! We do love a little nostalgia.

4. Scotland

TOWIE cast film Christmas special in Scotland.
23 November

© Instagram / lydiabright

Arg, Lydia Bright, Georgia Kousoulou, Jessica Wright, Dan Edgar, Kate Wright and Danielle Armstrong all ventured up to Scotland for a pre-Christmas holiday that was (awkwardly) interrupted when Lockie and Pete Wicks invited themselves, alongside Bobby Cole Norris, putting Jess and Danielle in a somewhat awkward situation.

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5. Lewis Bloor was Essex enemy number one

Lewis Bloor and Debbie Douglas, TOWIE
16 December


After revealing he'd kissed Jessica Wright after her vineyard date with Pete Wicks, he was excluded from plenty of Essexmas celebrations such as the visit to Scotland. Lewis was really missing Jess as a friend and next door neighbour, and she was missing him, but hurt that he "threw her under the bus." Lewis wrote Jess a Christmas card saying if he had one wish, it would be to mend their friendship. He then sought Jess out and offered to move flat to avoid any awkwardness. But Jess told him that would upset her and they hugged and cleared the air, with her telling him everything would be okay.

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6. Danielle Armstrong and James 'Lockie' Lock

Danielle Armstrong and Lockie
The Only Way Is Essexmas, exclusively on ITVBe on Wednesday 16th December from 10pm.


They split in Marbella last year but appeared to have grown closer by Essexmas, sharing a few dates. Lockie then flew to Scotland to surprise Danielle, but it all ended in tears as they discussed why their relationship had broken down and what the future may hold. In the end, back in Essex, although there was a lot of love there, they decided to go their separate ways. Since then, Danielle has told us they are both single but good friends.

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7. Jessica Wright and Pete Wicks

Jess Wright, TOWIE Christmas special
16 December


Their on-off romance storyline across multiple series seemed to come to an end in Scotland when they agreed they couldn't really keep kissing, not kissing, being friends, more than friends etc. Jess wasn't too happy to find out Pete had kissed someone else but at the same time recognised he was a single guy. They left it as friends, sharing a hug.

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8. Lydia Bright and James 'Arg' Argent

After a very dramatic series 16, everything was back to perfection for the long-time on-off couple at Essexmas. So much so, Lydia even joked that she better get a marriage proposal this year!

9. Georgia Kousoulou and Tommy Mallet

They were as loved up and strong as always - and still are!

10. Dan Edgar and Kate Wright

See above!

11. Chloe Lewis and Jake Hall

See above!

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