TOWIE producer 'contaminated' by show's stars

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 31 May 2011
The Only Way Is Essex stars Amy Childs, Lauren Goodger, Lydia Bright and Sam Faiers

The Only Way Is Essex stars Amy Childs, Lauren Goodger, Lydia Bright and Sam Faiers

A former 'The Only Way Is Essex' producer has claimed he quit the ITV2 show because he felt ''contaminated'' by the stars' ''incestuous lives''

A former 'The Only Way Is Essex' producer felt "contaminated" by the show's characters.

Daran Little - who worked as a storyline editor on the ITV2 show - quit the programme after the first series because he didn't feel comfortable with the likes of Amy Childs, Lauren Goodger and Mark Wright's "incestuous lives".

He said: "Isn't this the next evolution of 'Big Brother'? To film fame-hungry but seemingly talentless young people in their natural environment rather than in one big house? I needed persuading that the lives of the participants would be interesting enough.

"I met them and felt contaminated by their incestuous lives. But three weeks later we started to film and from there, a phenomenon was born."

Despite not being a fan of 'The Only Way Is Essex', Daran - who has also worked on soaps 'EastEnders' and 'Coronation Street' - admitted he is hooked on new reality series 'Made In Chelsea', which he is now working on as a story producer.

He added to Radio Times magazine: "'For me, 'Chelsea' is a different show to 'TOWIE'. Last week a guy broke the news to his girlfriend that things weren't working out and he wanted to finish it. She had no idea it was coming and it was horribly real - and I couldn't drag my eyes away.'

"I've written lots of break-ups but here was something completely different. No acting, no script. I was watching emotion, heartbreak and drama. Is the reason that viewers love shows such as 'Made In Chelsea' so much because the truth is more compelling than fiction, and these characters, circumstances and consequences live on once the credits have rolled?"

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