Gemma Collins' mum joins TOWIE
Gemma Collins' mum Joan Collins has joined 'The Only Way is Essex' for the forthcoming fifth series
Gemma Collins' mum has joined 'The Only Way is Essex'.
ITV bosses are hoping to create a new family unit by adding the bubbly blonde's mother Joan Collins to the cast of the reality show following the successful introductions of Jessica Wright's mum Carol and Lydia Bright's parent Debbie in previous series.
An insider said: "They think bringing in Joan will be great fun. She is Gemma's rock, but also 10 times wackier than her and they have great fun together.
"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."
Producers have warned Georgina Dorsett that she faces the axe from the show unless she impresses in the forthcoming fifth series - which begins on Sunday (15.04.12) - but hunky Italian-Greek twins Dino and Georgio Georgiades have been dropped from the ITV2 show.
The insider added to The Sun newspaper: "Producers are pulling out all the stops for the new series, but Dino and Georgio have been told their services are no longer required.
"They never made much of an impact and bosses want to focus on other characters."