The Real Housewives of Cheshire
|The Real Housewives of Cheshire|
|Based on||The Real Housewives|
|Presented by||Brian Dowling (series 3–11)|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||12|
|No. of episodes||128 (list of episodes)|
|Production locations||Cheshire and Greater Manchester, England|
|Production company||Monkey Kingdom|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original release||12 January 2015 –|
|Followed by||The Real Housewives of Jersey|
The Real Housewives of Cheshire (often abbreviated to RHOCheshire) is a British reality television series broadcast on ITVBe. The show premiered on 12 January 2015 and is based on The Real Housewives franchise. It is produced and distributed by NBCUniversal International Networks, and Monkey Kingdom, an NBC Universal owned British production company. The Real Housewives of Cheshire chronicles the lives of several affluent housewives who reside in Cheshire, England.
The current cast consists of Tanya Bardsley, Lauren Simon, Seema Malhotra, Rachel Lugo, Hanna Kinsella, Nicole Sealey and Lystra Adams.
Former housewives include original cast members Leanne Brown, Magali Gorré, Ampika Pickston and Dawn Ward and later additions Missé Beqiri, Stacey Forsey, Ester Dohnalová, Nermina Pieters-Mekic, Perla Navia and Leilani Dowding.
Overview and casting
On 22 September 2014 ITV announced the cast for Britain's first housewives installment The Real Housewives of Cheshire. Starring Ampika Pickston, Dawn Ward, Lauren Simon, Leanne Brown, Magali Gorré and Tanya Bardsley, the series follows the cast's intertwining and fast lives in the rich communities of Cheshire and Greater Manchester. ITV had planned to profile the glamorous denizens of London's Knightsbridge in the series, but ITV bosses said "their homes weren’t quite big enough..", and so Cheshire was chosen. After the success of the first series, with the premiere becoming ITVBe's second highest rating ever programme behind The Only Way is Essex, on 27 April 2015 it was announced that a second series had been commissioned, with filming to begin in May 2015. The second series aired from 7 September 2015 to 9 November 2015, with the cast from the first series returning.
On 1 March 2016, it was announced that Magali Gorré would be departing the series, although a return in future hasn't been ruled out. On 4 March 2016, ITVBe announced that Ward, Simon, Pickston, Brown and Bardsley would be returning for a third series along with three new wives, Missé Beqiri, Seema Malhotra and Stacey Forsey. The third series premiered on 4 April 2016. On 25 April 2016, it was confirmed by cast member Tanya Bardsley, that the third series would have a reunion show, a first since the show's inception. On 19 May 2016, it was announced that Irish television presenter, Brian Dowling, would be hosting the reunion show. The reunion was filmed at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire in late May. The reunion aired on 13 June 2016, concluding the third series.
On 8 June 2016, a week before the airing of the reunion for the third series, it was announced that the show would be returning for a fourth series. It was also revealed that all the housewives from the third series would be returning. Filming for the fourth series commenced on 1 July 2016. In late August 2016, a small teaser was shown on ITVBe that revealed the fourth series would premiere on 5 September 2016. The fourth series' reunion was filmed at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire. The reunion aired on 8 November 2016, concluding the fourth series.
On 13 February 2017, it was revealed that the fifth series would premiere on 27 March 2017. It was also announced that Missé Beqiri would not be returning as a main housewife, to take a step back to focus on her relationship, but will appear as a guest housewife. Former housewife Magali Gorré commented on the upcoming series, stating "I have heard there is a new cast member and she is more Geordie Shore than Golden Triangle." On 21 March 2017, Ester Dohnalová was announced to be the new housewife for the fifth series. On 28 April 2017, Misse Beqiri announced the fifth series would be her last. The fifth series did not have a reunion show, and instead featured host Brian Dowling visiting the housewives' homes in a special titled 'At Home with the Real Housewives of Cheshire'.
On 9 July 2017, Lauren Simon exclusively revealed that filming for the sixth series had begun. On 29 July 2017, Ampika Pickston announced her departure from the series. It was exclusively announced on an ITVBe advert that two new housewives would be joining for the sixth series. The sixth series premiered on 11 September 2017, with Rachel Lugo and Nermina Pieters-Mekic joining the cast. Lugo's identical twin sister Katie Kane appeared in a recurring capacity whilst the cast filmed in Gibraltar.
On 10 February 2018, Leanne Brown confirmed she would not be returning for the seventh series. The first clip from the upcoming series was revealed on ITV stating that they will be back in March, confirming the return of the remaining housewives as well as a guest appearance from Kane.[better source needed] On 28 February 2018, it was revealed that Christine McGuinness, the wife of Paddy McGuinness would be joining the show for the seventh series. The seventh series concluded with a reunion show which took place at Manchester Hall, the first to be filmed in a new location in the show's history. At the end of the reunion, host Brian Dowling confirmed that the show would return for an eighth series. On 27 July 2018, it was revealed that Stacey Forsey and Nermina Pieters-Mekic will not be returning as main housewives and will be guests.  On 1 August 2018, the cast of the eighth series was revealed introducing new housewives Kinsella and Navia.
On 19 March 2019, a ninth series was confirmed to be premiering the following week, with all the housewives returning from the previous series, with the exception of original housewife, Lauren Simon.
On 2 August 2019, the cast of the tenth series was confirmed, with all housewives returning from the previous series, with the addition of Leilani Dowding while McGuiness and Pieters-Mekic would return as guests.
The 10th series also moved from the regular 10pm timeslot in to the peak time position at 9pm.
There was a special episode to mark a milestone 100th episode which included all current housewives as well as features from former housewives Brown, Gorré, Simon, and Forsey.
On 13 January 2020, Dowding confirmed she would not be returning to the series after one season on Instagram. On 26 January 2020, it was announced that Simon would be returning to the series. On 4 March 2020, it was announced that the eleventh series would premiere in March, with Navia announcing her departure from the series after three seasons. The upcoming eleventh series was postponed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. On 7 April 2020, it was announced that the eleventh series would premiere on 20 April 2020 with Nicole Sealey joining the cast. In August 2020, Dohnalová announced her departure from the series after filming the first two episodes of the twelfth season. That same month, longtime friend of the housewives Christine McGuinness also announced that she had quit the series. On 30 September 2020, it was announced that series 12 would start on the 12 October with new housewife, Lystra Adams, joining the group during episode three of the series. On 11 December 2020, Dawn Ward announced her departure from the series and confirming the series will continue with another season.
Production of series 13 started on 1 March 2021.
Timeline of housewives
|Friends of the Housewives|
|Series||Episodes||Originally aired||Average Viewership|
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||10||12 January 2015||16 March 2015||490,000|
|2||10||7 September 2015||9 November 2015||435,000|
|3||11||4 April 2016||13 June 2016||569,000|
|4||11||5 September 2016||8 November 2016||581,000|
|5||11||27 March 2017||30 May 2017||637,000|
|6||11||11 September 2017||14 November 2017||635,000|
|7||11||26 March 2018||29 May 2018||595,000|
|8||11||10 September 2018||13 November 2018||741,000|
|9||11||25 March 2019||28 May 2019||711,000|
|10||11||9 September 2019||12 November 2019||713,000|
|11||8||20 April 2020||8 June 2020||570,000|
|12||11||12 October 2020||21 December 2020|
In Australia, the series premiered on Arena on 24 May 2015. In the United States, the series debuted on 14 November 2015, on Bravo, the same network that initiated The Real Housewives franchise. In Spain the series airs on Ten.
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