The Only Way Is Essex set to return with 'most explosive series yet'

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The Only Way Is Essex returns for 2018 on Sunday and it promises to be a dramatic series.

The show's 22nd series will kick off in Barcelona and there are confrontations galore.

According to reports, show bosses have put in a lot of effort to get the most from the cast.

Sources told The Sun newspaper that producers met with everyone currently on the show individually to grill them about their lives.

“They want more emotion and more insight into their private lives," the source said.

The insider added: “Bosses want to get Towie at the top of everyone's must-watch list. They want it to be more like EastEnders and Coronation Street - with loads of big drama that has people hooked.

"They've made changes to the cast and brought in new faces to really shake it up and put Towie back at the number one spot.”

In the week, ITVBe premiered a first dramatic trailer from the opening episode.

"When we said we were going to come back fresh, glam and explosive - We meant it. 😱" ITVBe tweeted.

They teased: "Make sure you've cancelled your Sunday night plans because we promise you - this is one return you do NOT want to miss.🔥🔥 "

The trailer begins with Arg and Gemma hand in hand before scenes featuring the cast in Spain as well a much less sunny UK.

There's no lack of drama with romance, rows and claims of cheating.

For the latest series, there are a number of new cast including Miss Great Britain Shelby Tribble who is dating Pete Wicks.

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 friends with Tommy Mallet.

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

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