The Only Way Is Essex 2016 start date confirmed - new series begins February!

When is The Only Way Is Essex back on TV?

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The new series of The Only Way Is Essex is back on our screens at the end of the month.

The TOWIE start date 2016 has been confirmed for Sunday, February 28 at 10PM on ITVBe.

It's the SEVENTEENTH series of the show the first episode will see the cast enjoy a sunshine getaway in Gran Canaria.

There have been a few changes to the show's stars with both Ferne McCann and Jess Wright having announced that they're taking breaks from filming.

In their place are two new girls, Chloe Meadows and Courtney Green who are best friends and already know a few members on the show.

But that's not all as The Only Way Is Essex have also confirmed two new male cast members - and one of them may be familiar.

Love Island's Jon Clark has been filming for the ITVBe series alongside his young brother Chris Clark with both now an official part of the show.

On top of that, this year will see TOWIE celebrate its 200th episode and we could see some ex stars return.

Amy Childs, Mark Wright and Gemma Collins are all expected to make a one-off comeback for the landmark episode.

Joey Essex has also been spotted filming in the county ahead of the new series.

The Only Way Is Essex 2016 airs Sunday and Wednesday nights on ITVBe at 10PM from February 28.