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ITVBe Is Expanding The ‘Real Housewives’ Franchise To The Channel Islands; ‘The Real Housewives Of Jersey’ Is Reportedly Set To Premiere Later This Year As Filming Will Get Underway Next Week!

ITV is reportedly expanding the Real Housewives franchise in the UK. According to an article published by The Sunday Times, the hit reality franchise is heading to the Channel Islands as The Real Housewives of Jersey is set to start production next week.

British producers are looking to showcase the “tales of wealthy women enviously eyeing up one another’s assets.”

The series will be the biggest show set on the largest of the Channel Islands since Bergerac, the 1980s BBC detective drama starring John Nettles.

According to the publication, the network hopes to turn Jersey into a merger between RHOD and RHOBH. The identities of the potential cast are currently unknown at the moment.

UK production company Monkey Kingdom, the same company that produces The Real Housewives of Cheshire, is rumored to be filming the show later this year. 

Local estate agent Margaret Thompson, who is rumored to be a potential cast member of the show, did not wish to comment as to whether she would be involved. However, she said the series was a good idea.

“I think any show that shows off our beautiful Island and its beaches is good,” she told Jersey Evening Post. “I’ve been here since I was 18 and I love Jersey, so I think it’s important to give something back to the Island we all enjoy.”

Tessa Hartmann, founder of the Jersey Style Awards, is also rumored to be involved. Declining to comment on whether she would take part, Ms. Hartmann said: ‘I think it’s a huge opportunity for the Island – anything we can do to give a platform to this amazing place in terms of encouraging retail and tourism is a great opportunity. So from an economical perspective, I think it’s going to be huge.”

She added: “One of the reasons we set up the Style Awards was to showcase all of the amazing businesses, heritage, and culture that Jersey has, so any production that can do that is fantastic.”

Meanwhile, ITV is reporting the following: “Islanders could soon be seeing their home, and some familiar local faces, on a well known TV show that is coming to Jersey. Visit Jersey says it thinks the show's high profile could encourage younger people to visit the island.”

The network added, “Filming is reportedly getting underway in the next week and The Real Housewives of Jersey is due to arrive on ITVBe later this year.”

The Real Housewives of Jersey will be the second installment in the UK of the Real Housewives franchise. The Real Housewives of Cheshire made its debut in January 2015. The series has been a success to the network and has been on the air for eleven seasons at the moment. The show is returning later this year as production for Season 12 kicked off last week.

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