TOWIE returns with new cast photo - but where is missing Arg?

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The Only Way Is Essex is back - and they're looking as glam as ever!

In a new cast photo ahead of the latest series, TOWIE favourites Billie Faiers, Danielle Armstrong, Lydia Bright are smouldering as they pose alongside their pals.

TOWIE cast photo 2016 - 22 February 2016


Other regulars - including Diags, Bobby Norris, Tommy Mallet and Georgia Kousoulou - also make up the line-up, however there is no sign of James 'Arg' Argent.

Fear not though, as he has not quit - he was just in Austria filming The Jump at the time the snap was taken!

The Essex gang are back on ITVBe soon with the 17th series of TOWIE, which began filming in Gran Canaria last week. As we've seen in previous years, half the cast flew out to the sunshine while the other half remained in the UK. Wonder how they decide who gets to go?!

The Only Way is Essex' cast filming, Gran Canaria, Spain - 16 Feb 2016
Danielle Armstrong and Chloe Sims.

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Danielle and Chloe Sims in Gran Canaria last week.

'The Only Way is Essex' cast filming, Gran Canaria, Spain - 16 Feb 2016
Liam Blackwell, Tommy Mallett, James Lock and Peter Wicks.

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The boys filming on sand dunes.

There are a couple of surprises in the cast photo. We spy Nicole Bass, who we haven't actually seen filming yet and hadn't been sure if she would be returning. We're happy to see her though as you can't deny she sure knows how to bring the drama!

Also returning is Carol Wright. We hadn't known if she'd be back given that daughter Jessica quit the show this month, but there she is, looking all glam to the far left of the picture. And we're rather happy about that – she and Debbie make quite the double team!

Billie's daughter Nelly is also present – does this mean we'll be seeing more of the tiny tot this series?

We're also LOVING the addition of Pete's gorgeous pup Ernest!

TOWIE new girls Chloe Meadows and Courtney Green on her first day filming in Gran Canaria
16 Feb 2016

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Newcomers Chloe Meadows and Courtney Green.

There are two new members of cast this year not pictured in the official photo: Chloe Meadows and Courtney Green. They both flew out to Gran Can to film their first scenes last week but not much is known about them yet, other than they're pals with Megan McKenna and both single.

Actually, not much is known about what happened in Gran Canaria at all! There haven't been that many filming pictures so we don't know yet who was in tears, who snogged, who fell out... the only goss we've had so far is Danielle saying she and ex-boyfriend Lockie are on amicable terms and had a good trip.

Oh, and that whole off-screen drama between Lewis Bloor, Chloe Lewis and Jake Hall... Lewis admitted in an interview that he'd once kissed Chloe and Kate Wright in the past, leading Jake to tweet: "Desperate times for some people I guess."

Lewis then hit back saying the interview had been a joke, Kate's boyfriend Dan Edgar had been sitting next to him, and the kisses happened nine years ago. "Bunch of little girls, asked a Q in an intentionally silly interview @dan_edgar1 was standing right next to me. It was 9 years ago," he tweeted. "Am i really dragging my self back in to this childish make believe world again #onemoretime."

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