The Only Way Is Essex is set to return to ITVBe on Sunday 14th March for its 28th series, with some familiar faces coming back on our screens to join the glamorous cast.

Lifting the lid on the lives of Essex’s most colourful characters,the brand-new 11-part series will give viewers a chance to catch up on all the latest goings on and drama.

Last series saw Essex more action-packed than ever, and since the cameras left them behind last year, Georgia Kousoulou and Tommy Mallett announced that they were expecting a baby boy, some of Essex’s closest friends are almost at breaking point, there are potential rekindling of controversial relationships, secret kisses and an Essex Queen deciding it's time to De-Essex.

So, what will the state of play look like now, will the continued uncertainty faced by an international pandemic improve the harmony in Essex, or will there be more beef than ever?

The Only Way Is Essex returns to ITVBe on 14th March

This series promises to bring lots of TOWIE sparkle to your screens, and whilst the cast are still living under the UK’s third lockdown restrictions, drama has been brewing amongst this glamorous crowd.

There will be some new faces popping up along the way, alongside the iconic Harry Derbidge returning.

Former cast member Ferne McCann recently revealed why she didn’t take part in TOWIE’s ten-year reunion celebrations.

The Only Way Is Essex returns to ITVBe
The cast will be joined by some brand new faces
The Only Way Is Essex returns to ITVBe
The show is now in its 28th series

The reality TV star, 30, swerved the celebratory bash because she ‘doesn’t really know anyone' on the show anymore.

During an appearance on Steph’s Packed Lunch alongside her three-year-old daughter Sunday, Ferne said that TOWIE is now a part of her past, and her priorities now lie in her future.

“That chapter of my life is done,” she explained.

“I didn’t go back for the reunion. I still support the show and I love watching the show. “But I don’t really know anyone on there anymore.”

* The Only Way is Essex series 28 will begin Sunday 14th March at 9pm on ITVBe