When is The Only Way Is Essex back? TOWIE's new series start date confirmed

When does TOWIE star on ITVBe? 2018

The Only Way Is Essex 2018

The new series of The Only Way Is Essex is back on our screens very soon.

The TOWIE start date 2018 has been confirmed for Sunday, 25th March 9pm on ITVBe.

It's the show's 22nd series and the first episode will see the cast swap their usual sunshine getaway in Marbs for Barcelona.

In another switch up to the show, episodes will now only air once a week rather than the usual double-bill. However, the running time will increase from the current 50 minutes to an hour.

Meanwhile, there have been a few changes to the show's cast with some new and returning faces.

Those said to be "not pulling their weight" were given the boot. Chris Clark, Amber Dowding, and Mike Hassini are among those leaving.

Jack Rigden, Jordan Brook, Maddie Hooper and Ruby Lacey will also not be returning this year.

A spokesperson for TOWIE said previously: “There are a number of cast who have mutually agreed their time on the show has come to a natural end for now.

“We wish them well and look forward to another exciting year ahead for Towie.”

New cast will include Miss Great Britain Shelby Tribble who is reportedly dating Pete Wicks.

"Shelby is absolutely gorgeous and fits in perfectly with the cast," an insider told The Sun newspaper.

Shelby will be joined by her friend, glamour model Clelia Theodorou, who insiders say will "shake things up".

Alongside the new girls will be Jordan Wright, who previously dated Geordie Shore's Vicky Pattison and Dean Ralph, who is freinds with Tommy Mallet.

The Only Way Is Essex 2018 airs on ITVBe at 9PM from Sunday, March 25.

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