This is not a review, just our musings on a silly show we love!
We first discovered this British ‘reality’ TV show last year when we were travelling abroad and actually staying in England. Since then it has become one of our favourite guilty pleasures!
Made in Chelsea has become quite the success with five seasons having already aired and been released on DVD, and season 6 is set to premiere later this month in the UK.
The premise of the show is following a group of privileged young Brits who live extravagant lifestyles. Although the show and the storylines are probably more staged than reality, we think its fair to say the young Chelsea stars are quite wealthy, and their profiles have certainly been raised by the success of the show.
Without delving into the storylines, which are usually centred on drama involving friendships and relationships, there are other aspects of the show that we and other Made in Chelsea fans particularly enjoy.
We appreciate Made in Chelsea’s high production values (compared to other reality shows) and lovely cinematography. The scenery shots are particularly beautiful, and showcase London on only its sunny, glistening days.
Many of the scenes are shot at local cafes, restaurants and bars. Bluebird Chelsea and Beach Blanket Babylon are regular fixtures. The characters sip on alcoholic beverages in every other scene (no matter the time of day), with such scenes always preceded by a close up shot of the drinks being prepared.
The show has managed to hold onto most of its core cast members who include: Spencer, Jamie, Proudlock, Francis, Binky, Louise, Rosie, Cheska, and the more recent additions Andy, Stevie and Lucy.
From left: Lucy Watson, Binky Felstead and Andy Jordan
A few of the cast members we particularly enjoy are:
Jamie Laing who first appeared in the second season and loves life and brings a positive energy to most scenes he is in. Although he parties hard he comes across as very endearing compared to his friends on the show (namely Spencer Matthews). Jamie’s great-great grandfather created the McVitie’s digestive biscuit.
Francis Boulle has created a unique persona that we like to think is based on his own personality. He is more mature than the rest and usually has something insightful to say. He is also endlessly amusing and often downright hilarious. He is potentially quite wealthy as he is often referred to as a “diamond heir”.
Millie Mackintosh has been one of the main cast members since the beginning of the show. While she was involved in plenty of drama in the earlier seasons, she has quietly become the show’s voice of reason perhaps because of her stable personal life. While not featured on the show, Millie married rapper and entrepreneur Professor Green (Stephen Manderson) last month and will sadly not be returning for the new season. But this doesn’t mean we have to say goodbye to Millie as she has her own website millie-mackintosh.com which features her love of make-up and a style diary documenting her everyday outfits.
Hugo Taylor left the show after the first three seasons however he has recently hinted at a return to the show along with girlfriend Natalie (who we were introduced to in season 3). Hugo recently launched the sophisticated, higher-end sunglasses line Taylor Morris which is stocked at Harvey Nichols.
From left: Hugo Taylor and business partner Charlie Morris
Hugo Taylor and girlfriend Natalie Joel
If you are keen to immerse yourself in the world of Made in Chelsea you can catch up on the first five seasons on DVD available to buy on amazon.
Enjoy (and you’d best cancel your plans for the next month)!
xx NooNoo & MiMi
Image Sources (from top to bottom): BluebirdChelsea, BeachBlanketBabylon, Instagram.com/imlucywatson, Graziadaily.co.uk, Mydaily.co.uk, Millie-Mackintosh.com, TaylorMorris Eyewear, and Hello Magazine.com.