I finally decided to step into the realms of reality TV and so I spent an entire day watching series 1 of Made In Chelsea (MIC). My reasons for picking Made in Chelsea over The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE) isn’t exactly sensical (yes, I’m making sensical a word) but oh well. Firstly I picked Made In Chelsea because it is considerably shorter than The Only Way Is Essex with only eight episodes as opposed to twenty five.
My second reason is because I saw Ollie Locke walk down the red carpet at the Harry Potter premiere in a Union Jack suit, which I thought was incredibly cool and snazzy. Thirdly (also Harry Potter related, as most of my life is) I saw a character from The Only Way Is Essex being interviewed on ’50 Greatest Moments of Harry Potter’ and I thought that it was quite insulting. Why use a character from a reality TV show like that on a programme that is supposedly honouring Harry Potter?
Yes, Made In Chelsea is exactly what it looks like, a useless show that follows the lives of London’s young ‘elite’. That’s not to say it isn’t entertaining though, because it is. There is a reason that Big Brother carried on for 22 series (including spin-offs) and that reality TV shows are being produced. For some unfathomable reason, the British public love watching the lives of complete and utter strangers.
There has been quite a lot of rivalry between The Only Way Is Essex and Made In Chelsea because they are essentially the same show. Strong language, lots of drama, extravagant parties. The difference is that the kids (okay, I probably shouldn’t call them kids, so ‘adults’) in Made In Chelsea are a lot richer, a lot less orange and dress a lot better. A lot of people say that The Only Way Is Essex is the better of the two, I wouldn’t know because I haven’t watched it yet, but if that is the case, The Only Way Is Essex must be bloody brilliant (quote Ron Weasley) because Made In Chelsea kept my bottom glued to my seat and my eyes glued to the screen for an entire eight hours straight.
Each and every character is different and offers something different to the group. Some of them are extremely well educated and although they were clearly born into rich families they still have (well paid) jobs, cough, Francis, the diamond entrepreneur, cough. Actually what surprised me was that all the characters had jobs that they’re all very good at and all earn a lot of money doing them. I have to say for the first few episodes I literally had to keep pressing pause every 5 seconds so I could laugh it all out before continuing. Some of the things that these people is hilarious. Okay maybe it’s not hilarious, but I couldn’t believe how dumb some of the things they say are. Some of my favourite quotes are: ‘Who wrote Winnie The Pooh? Was it Jane Austen?’, ‘I sometimes enjoy the smell of cow s***’ and ‘Do I look like Jesus?’. I don’t really know how to continue without sounding like a pretentious twit but I was genuinely shocked by the stupidity of some of the characters.
|Catherine ‘Caggie’ Dunlop||21||Singer/songwriter||1|
|Hugo Taylor||24||Head of PR||1|
|Camilla ‘Millie’ Macintosh||24||Make-up artist||1|
|Amber Atherton||19||Jewellery boutique owner||1|
|Ollie Locke||24||‘Whiskey Mist’ VIP host||1|
|Alexandra ‘Binky’ Felstead||20||Investment front of house||1|
|Francesca ‘Cheska’ Hull||25||Blog author||1|
|Francis Maximilien Yvan Christophe Boulle||22||Diamond entrepreneur||1|
I guess one of the most important thing about shows like this is whether or not the show actually looks real. There has been much speculation as to whether the producers of reality TV shows tell certain characters to do certain things to increase the ratings and even though the production companies all deny it, I cannot believe that every single moment of this shows is real. For one, there are some extremely long pauses in the middle of conversations, which are really odd, as if someone is waiting for someone else to speak. Here’s an interesting article from the Made In Chelsea wrap party that suggests that a lot of the ‘screenplay’ is fake (SPOILER ALERT): Metro: MIC wrap party.
Made in Chelsea mainly revolves around Caggie and Spencer who have been friends for a very long time but seem to have feelings for each other that neither have acted upon. Things start to get interesting when Spencer’s girlfriend asks to meet Caggie, I guess from then on, all hell breaks loose. It’s interesting to see the different relationships between characters grow and change. Expect plenty of bitching from the girls and boys, fabulous dresses to exclusive events, fast cars, rocky relationships, love triangles, you know, the usual.
And finally I’ll leave you with Caggie’s opening words: If you’re a fan of The Only Way Is Essex, then I think this is something that you’d definitely like. If you’ve never watched reality TV because you think it is pointless and tacky, I think you’ll still find this entertaining and it can be your one guilty pleasure. If you’re looking for an escape from the drama of your life, step into theirs, and watch Made In Chelsea.