TOWIE Series 20 Kicks Off In Tenerife With Hospitals, Break-Ups And Dramas

Megan McKenna and Pete Wicks
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‘The Only Way Is Essex’ is set to launch into its 20th series with a sizzling opener in Tenerife – but what drama can we expect? Well, a fair bit!

‘TOWIE’ wouldn’t be ‘TOWIE’ without some dodgy tans, too-small swimwear and slanging matches, all washed down with a cocktail or two, and ‘The Only Way Is Tenerife’ is staying true to form.

Things have got off to a great start for viewers – but a bad one for fans of Pegan – as the couple didn’t even board the same flight following a very public bust-up.

Megan McKenna and Pete Wicks became embroiled in a very heated exchange at The National Television Awards, held at London’s O2 Arena on 25 January, and it appears they’ve not yet kissed and made up.

Fans of the ITVBe show will already be aware of their turbulent relationship but, in case you didn’t already know, the pair split last year after Pete was accused of sexting several girls behind Megan’s back. And it didn’t go down well with the very fiery brunette.

They got back together while in Marbs (natch, as it’s the place where ‘TOWIE’ dreams are made) but it seems they’ve hit the skids once more. Onlookers told The Sun that Pegan had a blazing row in front of their cast mates at the NTAs, before Megs fled in tears. She’s since deleted all traces of him on social media. Now we know it’s bad.

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Will the sunshine of Tenerife bring them the reunion that Marbs did?

Twitter/ @missgemcollins
Twitter/ @missgemcollins

Meanwhile, The GC is back. Again. Even Dan Edgar recently joked: “She’ll aways be back, won’t she?”

But although Gemma Collins had jetted out to Tenners to host her 36th birthday, she has unfortunately ended up in hospital.

Sharing a cryptic photograph of her hand, complete with canuler, on Twitter, Gemma tweeted: “Thank you for all your lovely messages. Sadly I’m in hospital In Tenerife, but hope to be on the mend soon. What a way to spend your birthday.”

Good grief. That poor lass doesn’t do things by halves. Get well soon, Gem!

There will also be a new ‘TOWIE’ gal hitting our screens when series 20 kicks off and she’s called Amber Turner. Can’t imagine Amber Dowding is too thrilled!

Amber is Megan’s best mate and she’s leggy, blonde and has big boobs. Can’t imagine Amber Dowding will be too thrilled! Wait, did we already say that?

Snapchat/ @megan-mckenna
Snapchat/ @megan-mckenna

No doubt Amber T will be offering Megan a shoulder to cry on during the inevitable scenes of her heartbreak over Pete. But what about poor Chloe Sims? Seems her job as Megan’s adviser has been taken… Doh!

ITV are yet to confirm ‘TOWIE’s’return date, but it will begin in the coming weeks. AND it will be on our screens for longer.

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In December, bosses confirmed that the format will change in 2017, with each series lasting 18 episodes rather than 12. This also means there will only be two series’ this year, as opposed to three.

At the time, an ITV spokesman said: “Next year viewers can look forward to two extended series of ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ on ITVBe, giving fans even more insight and access into the cast’s lives and loves.”

Roll your eyes but secretly can’t get enough? Us too! (Did we say that out loud?)