Joan Collins to join The Only Way Is Essex Series 5 cast!

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Joan Collins (mum of Gemma, not the famous actress!) is set to join the cast of The Only Way Is Essex, it has been revealed.

The Only Way Is Essex returns to TV at 10PM on ITV2 this Sunday, and The Sun reports that the show's stars are being told to "spice up" their scenes.

“They think bringing in Joan will be great fun. She is Gemma’s rock, but also ten times wackier than her and they have great fun together," a source told the newspaper. “She might not appear in the first episode but she is certainly on her way.

“Together with Gemma’s new boyfriend Charlie they are hoping to create a whole new family unit with them.

“Older women always work really well on the show and Joan will join Jess’s mum Carol and Lydia’s mum Debbie as well as Nanny Pat and Nanny Brighton.”

Georgina Dorsett will be back for a second series, but brothers Dino and Georgio Georgiades have been cut from the reality series.

“Producers are pulling out all the stops for the new series, but Dino and Georgio have been told their services are no longer required," the source added.

Browse pictures of the Series 5 TOWIE cast below...

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