I have a few guilty pleasures at the moment. I am enjoying the reality shows TOWIE (The Only Way is Essex) and Made in Chelsea. For any of you that do not know where Essex is, it is in North London and Chelsea is a posh place in central London. I watched the Hills and never thought that we could replicate it in the UK, but we have and it is compulsive viewing. Essex seems to have it's own microcosm going on, mostly all the women have false boobs, fake tans, botox, would never been seen without full make up or hair extensions, basically, and look like they are going to a nightclub in the middle of the day. I have seen several reality stars from Essex that do not appear to have gone to any of their geography lessons as they have no clue as to where anything is, unless it is the tanning or beauty salon. There is something charming about all the stars of the show. Essex has it's own culture going on, even it's own language.
Made in Cheslea are a totally different breed. There are all privately school educated and terribly posh. However, the stark difference to me is that the Men don't have a clue about Women or how to relate to them. They tend to come across as not very manly, camp and wet. One of them called Mark Francis delcared in the first series that he would never buy any of his clothes from Topshop, only from Paris and Milan. I am sure his new co-star Chloe Green (daughter of Phillip Green who owns Topshop) would be pleased to know his thoughts! What a distorted view of the world that you should judge someone on where they buy their clothes. He is definitely an uber snob. It comes across as very distasteful and I wonder why his parents never bought him up properly with some basic life skills. To me he is incredlibly narrow minded and must miss out on meeting a lot of good people if he judges them on materialistical values. They live in their own microcsom of their priviledged lives. However, they have not got the flamboyant characters that are in TOWIE. Still very entertaining though to see how the other half live.