Made in Chelsea (abbreviated MIC) is a BAFTA award-winning, structured-reality television series broadcast by E4 in the United Kingdom. Made in Chelsea chronicles the lives of affluent young people in the West London areas of Belgravia, Kings Road, and Knightsbridge as well as their travels to other locations including Dubai, Finland, Marrakech, Verbier, Saint-Tropez, Venice, New York City, Barbados, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and the South of France.
|Year||Series||Number of episodes||Average viewers|
|South of France||6|
1Series 8's average figure for the ten episodes where the viewing figures were available.
Series 1 (2011)
The reality-series was announced in April 2011 and billed as "fly-on-the-wall drama". E4 reads "The reality show will follow the lives of globetrotting 20-somethings in South West London, who are among the world's most elite socialites". Filming for the series took place between January and May 2011. The first series introduced cast members Spencer Matthews, Alexandra 'Binky' Felstead, Rosie Fortescue, Mark-Francis Vandelli, Francesca Hull, Hugo Taylor, Catherine 'Caggie' Dunlop, Camilla 'Millie' Mackintosh, Gabriella Ellis and Ollie Locke. The first series full-length trailer was revealed on 28 April 2011. The first series of Made in Chelsea began on Monday 9 May 2011 for eight episodes.
Series 2 (2011)
Filming for series two began in July 2011. New additions to the cast included Louise Thompson, Jamie Laing, and Oliver Proudlock. Other new cast members for series two were Victoria Baker-Harber and daughter of businessman Philip Green, Chloe Green. The series synopsis reads "Expect all the dramas, awkward pauses and priceless quotes from series one plus more incredible parties, holidays and country retreats". On 14 September 2011, the first full-length trailer for the series was revealed. The second series began on 19 September 2011 for eleven episodes including a Christmas Special broadcast on 22 December 2011.
Series 3 (2012)
Filming for series three began in January 2012. New additions to the cast included property heiress, model, actress and fashion designer Kimberley Garner. Other new cast members for series three were Hugo's girlfriend Natalie Joel as well as supporting cast members Karin Joel and Harriet Loder. The series synopsis reads "The beautiful and affluent Chelsea players are back for a third series. Hearts continue to be broken, heels remain high and the only things sharper than their suits are their tongues". This series marks the departure of cast members Caggie Dunlop and Hugo Taylor as well as supporting cast members Amber Atherton, Gabilicious Tristao and Gemma Gregory. On 20 March 2012, the first full-length trailer for the series was revealed. The third series began on 2 April 2012 for ten episodes.
Series 4 (2012)
Filming for series four began in July 2012 and featured filming locations such as Saint-Tropez and Cannes. New additions to the cast included money-broker and musician Andy Jordan, socialite Stevie Johnson and model Lucy Watson. Other new cast members for series four were Sophia Sassoon, Ianthe Cochrane-Stack, Sam Cussins and Carly Rothman. The series synopsis reads "Chelsea's glitziest twenty-somethings make an eagerly-anticipated return in a new series filled with familiar friendships, heartbreaks and bust-ups.". This series marks the departure of supporting cast member Fredrik Ferrier. On 2 October 2012, the first full-length trailer for the series was revealed. The fourth series began on 15 October 2012 for eleven episodes including a Christmas Special.
Series 5 (2013)
Filming for series five commenced in January 2013. New additions to the cast were Alex Mytton, Phoebe-Lettice Thompson, Josh Coombs, Tara Keeney and sisters Fran and Olivia Newman-Young. The series synopsis reads "London's glamorous young socialites return for fifth series. Expect more highs and lows as we take a ringside seat through their lives and loves". This series marks the departure of long-serving cast members Ollie Locke and Millie Mackintosh as well as supporting cast members Richard Dinan and Ashley James. On 25 March 2013, the first full-length trailer for the series was revealed. The fifth series began on 8 April 2013 for eleven episodes.
Series 6 (2013)
Filming for series six commenced in July 2013 and continued until November 2013. The first episode synopsis reads "The beautiful people of Chelsea return for a sixth series with drama, parties and heartbreaks. Spencer's new role comforting Louise isn't sitting well with Andy". New additions to the cast include Stephanie Pratt, who appears from episode two onwards. On 7 October 2013, the first full-length trailer for the series was revealed. The sixth series began on 14 October 2013 for eleven episodes including a Christmas Special.
Series 7 (2014)
Filming began on 23 January 2014 and continued until April 2014. New cast members included Riley Uggla and Emma Miller. Emma appears in the first part of the series, whilst two new cast members, Edo and Fordy appear in the second part of the series alongside the aforementioned Riley. Stephanie Pratt returns as a series regular, having already appeared in series six as Spencer's former love interest. Erik Soderbergh joins Pratt for the latter half of the series. Christiane Stinks, Robbo McCallum, Aurelie Mason-Perez and Georgia Toffolo all have minor roles. The series' first full-length trailer was revealed on 20 March 2014, with the cast being depicted as children in a sketch entitled "Mini in Chelsea". The seventh series began on 7 April 2014 for eleven episodes.
A new spin-off series, based in New York was announced on 18 March 2014. Filming for the series began in New York in May 2014. Executive producer Sarah Dillistone of Monkey Productions, said: "We're very excited about world of Made in Chelsea travelling to New York. It has a scene buzzing and sophisticated enough to rival Chelsea, so it feels like the natural step. We're going to see the cast out of their bubble for the first time since the show began and I'm sure the result will be nothing like we've seen before." Although the series was clearly affiliated with Made in Chelsea, it remained as a stand-alone series and was not be promoted as the show's eighth series. The eighth series in fact followed in Autumn 2014. On 23 May, it was revealed that main cast members Spencer Matthews, Binky Felstead, Rosie Fortescue, Mark Francis Vandelli, Cheska Hull, Oliver Proudlock, Louise Thompson, Jamie Laing, Lucy Watson, Stevie Johnson, Alex Mytton and supporting cast members Victoria Baker-Harber, Fran Newman-Young, Sam Thompson and Riley Uggla will all appear in NYC. Four American cast members were added for the spin-off series, they were fashion blogger Billie Carroll, Alik Alfus, international model Jules Hamilton as well as supporting cast member Carson Eisenhart. On 14 July, the series' full-length trailer was revealed and featured main cast members spoofing the nature of fragrance advertisements. The series, (classified under the name Made in Chelsea: NYC) began its run of six episodes on 10 August 2014.
Series 8 (2014)
Filming for series eight commenced in August 2014. Alik Alfus, who appeared in spin-off series NYC, returned for this series. A preview of what the series entails was revealed at the end of NYC's finale episode. All of the cast, including Alex Mytton and Andy Jordan, returned. New cast members for this series were Lucy Watson's younger sister Tiffany, Stevie's friend Josh Shepherd and also Alex Mytton's friends Will Colebrook and Lonan O'Herlihy. Lauren Frazer-Hutton, Spencer's girlfriend at the time, also joined the cast. Stephanie Pratt returned from the fifth episode onwards, having already appeared in series six, seven and NYC. The series began on 13 October 2014 for eleven episodes including a Christmas special. Rick Edwards returned to present the first End of Season Party episode, which was broadcast on 29 December 2014.
Series 9 (2015)
Filming for the ninth series began in early February 2015 New cast members for this series included fashion eccentric and graphic designer Emily Weller, aspiring film maker Jess Woodley, Jamie Laing's family-friend Millie Wilkinson, Binky Felstead's best friend Fleur Irving, property developer Josh "JP" Patterson and also Alex's new girlfriend Nicola Hughes. The series' first full-length trailer was released on 24 March 2015 and depicted the cast "disturbing the peace". The ninth series began on 13 April 2015 for eleven episodes. This is the last series to include long-serving cast member Andy Jordan, after he left to pursue a music career.
On 14 May 2015, it was announced that the cast would be travelling to Los Angeles to a film another spin-off series following 2014's successful NYC series. Filming began in late May and continued for two months. Although the series was clearly affiliated with Made in Chelsea, it remained as a stand-alone series and was not promoted as the show's tenth series. The tenth series in fact followed in Autumn 2015. Five new cast members were announced on 31 July 2015. They included Naz Gharai, a biology and psychology student, Bryan Mione, an engineer, Cody Weselis, a stunt double, Noah Bewley, an international model and also Olivia Fox. Former cast member Gabriella Ellis briefly returned for the spin-off series, appearing from episode two onwards. The series' first full-length trailer was released on 27 July 2015. The series, classified under the name Made in Chelsea: LA, began on 10 August 2015 for six episodes.
Series 10 (2015)
Filming for the tenth series began in September 2015. Former cast member Richard Dinan who departed in series five and original cast member Ollie Locke both returned for the upcoming series alongside new supporting cast members Emma Walsh and Sam Harney. The series' first full-length trailer was released on 29 September 2015, with the series beginning on 19 October 2015 for eleven episodes including Christmas and New Year specials. This was the final series to feature original cast member Spencer Matthews.
Series 11 (2016)
On 1 March 2016 it was confirmed that the show would return for an eleventh series. Jessica Dixon, Olivia Bentley, Tom Couch, Fraser Olender, Frankie Gaff and Matt Draper were announced as new cast members. The series' first full-length trailer was released on 8 April 2016, with the series beginning on 11 April 2016 for eleven episodes. An "aftermath" special akin to previously broadcast End of Season Party specials was aired on 27 June 2016. This was the last series to feature long-serving cast member Lucy Watson. Lucy's boyfriend James also departed after this series.
South of France (2016)
On 8 June 2016, it was confirmed that the cast would be travelling to Cannes to film another spin-off series titled Made in Chelsea: South of France following the succession of the NYC and LA series. Filming for the series began in early June. Former cast member Francis Boulle is set to return for the spin-off series, which begins airing on 1 August. Although the series will clearly be affiliated with Made in Chelsea, it will remain as a stand-alone series and will not be promoted as the show's twelfth series; the twelfth series will follow in October 2016.
Series 12 (2016)
On 12th September 2016 it was confirmed that the show would feature its first black regular cast member, Akin Solanke-Caulker and he would be joining in series 12. It was also confirmed Francis Boulle, Oliver Proudlock and Fredrik Ferrier would return for the twelfth series.
This is a list of cast members currently appearing in the show.
|Alexandra "Binky" Felstead||1–||2011–|
|Ollie Locke||1–5, LA–||2011–13, 2015–|
|Jane Felstead||2, 4–||2011, 2012–|
|Richard Dinan||3–5, 10–||2012–13, 2015–|
|Georgia "Toff" Toffolo||7–||2014–|
|Josh "JP" Patterson||9–||2015–|
|Tallulah Rufus Isaacs||10–||2015–|
|Jessica Molly Dixon||11–||2016–|
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Hugo Taylor has been credited as one of the creators of the show, having originally created a pilot with an almost identical concept for MTV in 2008 before the programme was sold to E4 and Monkey Productions. Hugo had signed up many genuine socialites and high-society members who then dropped out when they realised being on the programme could affect their social standing. Princess Eugenie was being mooted to make a cameo but like many others she pulled out too. In 2008 Hugo was rumoured to be dating Princess Eugenie. He is also known to be friends with Chelsy Davy, the ex-girlfriend of Prince Harry.
Out of the entire Made In Chelsea cast, Oliver Proudlock could be the most well connected among royal circles. As a schoolboy he attended Eton with younger cast members Spencer and Stevie; however he graduated from the famous boarding school in the same year as Prince Harry. Proudlock shares many close friends with the Prince, including Viscount Erleigh (also known as Julian Rufus Isaacs), Arthur Landon and Tom Inskip.
James Matthews - whose family own luxury resort Eden Rock, St Barths - is the brother of cast member Spencer. James, a former banker and an Old Etonian, dated Pippa Middleton 2012 and announced his engagement to her in 2016 with a wedding set to take place in 2017. This relationship was discussed in a conversation between Jamie and Spencer during an episode of series 5. Spencer has been quoted in interviews as saying he knows "most of the Royals". He is close friends with Dave Clark, the current boyfriend of Princess Beatrice. Cast member Richard Dinan is not only friends with Prince Harry but his cousin Cressida Bonas is an ex-girlfriend of the Prince.
Former cast member Amber Atherton left the show in the third season in order to concentrate on her jewellery business. She has personally sold items to the Duchess of Cambridge.
The series has received mixed reviews from critics and has been heavily compared to The Only Way Is Essex, "The participants are slimmer, sleeker, moneyed and honey-coloured than their Essex counterparts - but some things remain the same". Keith Watson of Metro said, "What is it these fake reality soaps that proves so gruesomely addictive?", and "So there you go, just what you need in your life: pointless people." whilst Digital Spy said "It's all incredibly silly, but we're already falling in love with it a little bit and it will fill a lovely TOWIE-shaped hole for the summer".
The first series of the show was positive with viewers. The show drew 583,000 viewers with its first episode and this figure rose to 624,000 for the second episode with another 117,800 viewers watching the repeat an hour later. It also became the most tweeted show on Channel 4 for 2011.
The first series finale managed to draw in 718,000 viewers on its first showing and was the highest rated show on E4 for the entire day. The series managed a high of 791,000 viewers for its sixth episode.
The show was renewed for a second series before the end of the first. E4′s commissioning editor, David Williams, explained that "the staggering amount of audience engagement has proven it to be a perfect fit for E4′s young audience".
The show managed to trend worldwide on Twitter during the first episode of the second series and carried on trending in the UK for twelve hours after the episode had ended.
The third series broke records for the show when it premiered with over 900,000 viewers and reached over a million viewers for the ninth episode, achieving a series peak.
The fifth series premiered with 956,000 viewers on 8 April 2013. The series did not fall under 800,000 viewers each week, making it the most-viewed series since the show began. The sixth series showed viewing figures continue to grow with over 1.1 million viewers tuning in for the premiere of the seventh series in April 2014.
Series 7 became the first series of Made in Chelsea to average over 1 million viewers for each episode whereas spin-off series NYC had a series average of over 1 million viewers. Series 8 continued to attract large audiences for E4, whilst 2015's ninth series also proved successful. 2015 spin-off series "LA" also averaged at 874,000 viewers per episode and the tenth series had a series average of 841,000. The first series broadcast in 2016, series eleven, had a series average of 891,000. This was the highest series average since series eight in 2014.
Made in Chelsea: The Game
An official app created by Channel 4 was made available to download in the fourth quarter of 2013. A second version was made available to download for Android and iOS phones on 3 April 2014. The synopsis of the game reads "The Chelsea gang are back in town with a bang, for yet exciting adventures! Enjoy a host of brand new story lines - as you once again play to become the ultimate socialite in the world of BAFTA-winning TV show Made in Chelsea. Party with even of the cast as you rise up the social ladder - with Stevie (your new flatmate), Alex and Fran joining the ranks alongside the likes of Spencer, Proudlock and Binky". You get to choose what you want to wear with the help of Mark Francis and Victoria and you are able to wear the clothes that other members of the cast wear.
Mad on Chelsea
Mad on Chelsea is an online show discussing the antics having occurred in Made in Chelsea. It is shown on Channel 4's online TV service 4oD. Series one was presented by stand-up comedian Jenny Beade, who usually greet two of the Chelsea cast to discuss, dissect and deliberate their latest happenings. She get the low down on the fans' reactions to the weekly highs and lows of Chelsea life, as well as exploring the locations seen in the series. The first series corresponded with the beginning of series six, with each episode being made available to view through 4oD.
A second series coincided with Made in Chelsea's seventh series return, with each episode being uploaded 48 hours before each weekly episode of Made in Chelsea. The show took a new format; it was no longer presented by Jenny Bede. Instead conversation was led by various cast members. Episode one of the second series was hosted by Made in Chelsea's Andy and Spencer, whilst episode two featured Proudlock and Lucy, and episode three featured Cheska and Stevie.
The online-show did not return for spin-off series NYC, nor did it return for any other future series'.
Live in Chelsea
With the second series of Made in Chelsea a live spin-off concept called Live in Chelsea (presented by Joel Dommett) was launched. It involves members of the cast taking turns in front a camera to answer questions directly from the audience live. The show is being filmed in secret locations within Chelsea and being shown exclusively through the internet rather than TV – using the platform.
Played in Chelsea
With the sixth series of Made in Chelsea a series of music gigs were launched with cast members presenting them. The gigs were made available for the public to attend through purchasing tickets. Four gigs were confirmed, with them taking place throughout November 2013. E4 reads- Made in Chelsea, the BAFTA-winning E4 show that "has the best soundtrack on TV" (The Guardian) has always used the freshest music around and the series has an extensive following as the place to find the best new tunes on television. To celebrate six series of great music in Chelsea we are launching Played In Chelsea – a season of four gigs on 5th, 10, 20 and 26 November 2013. Staged at Under the Bridge in Chelsea, these gigs will be streamed live on the E4 website as well as being made available as a highlights show later in the week on the Channel 4 catch up platform 4oD. Each night of Played in Chelsea was hosted by two of the Made in Chelsea cast and featured three different bands, all of which have featured on Made in Chelsea.
Educating Binky is a series of short episodes available to watch on Channel 4's online service 4oD. Made in Chelsea's Mark Francis takes fellow cast member Binky Felstead on a tour of London to educate her in the ways of high-end style. As of 29 December 2014, a total of eight episodes have been made available to watch on the online platform.
MIC:FIT is a fitness DVD enabling you to work out with the Chelsea cast and stay in shape. The DVD synopsis reads "We share the hottest fitness trends, that help us stay in shape when we’re not partying in Chelsea. These workouts will get you fit for St. Tropez and looking hot for The King’s Road!" It stars major cast members Spencer Matthews, Lucy Watson, Oliver Proudlock, and Binky Felstead. The DVD was released on 1 December 2014 and received positive reviews.
In Bed With Jamie
In Bed with Jamie is a series of All 4 exclusive shorts featuring cast member Jamie Laing. Every episode follows the format of Jamie interviewing someone in their bed as well as playing a game. The guests have included Spencer Matthews, Ollie Locke and Rosie Fortescue amongst other cast members but people who feature in other E4 shows such as Tattoo Fixers, Drifters and Virtually Famous have also made appearances. Two episodes have debuted each month since June 2015.
Jamie Laing's Happy Hour
Jamie Laing's Happy Hour is a YouTube channel created by long-serving cast member Jamie Laing. He explains that the channel will be where he shares his "vlogs, funny shenanigans, stupid pranks and crazy challenges". The channel is exclusive to Jamie Laing and unrelated to the story-lines of Made in Chelsea. He did however capture his journey to the South of France on June 6, 2016 to begin filming the spin-off series, South of France.
|Series||Episodes||Discs||DVD release date|
|1||8||2||19 September 2011|
|All episodes from the first series|
|2||12||3||16 April 2012|
|All episodes from the second series plus end of series Studio Special and Christmas Special|
|3||11||3||15 October 2012|
|All episodes from the third series plus end of series Studio Special|
|4||12||3||8 April 2013|
|All episodes from the fourth series plus end of series Studio Special and Christmas Special|
|5||11||3||2 September 2013|
|All episodes from the fifth series plus end of series Studio Special|
|6||12||3||7 April 2014|
|All episodes from the sixth series plus end of series Studio Special and Christmas Special|
The Style Network has bought the rights to air the show in the United States, and began to carry it on 12 November 2012 from the first series. In 2012, Canadian-American singer Stacey Jackson appeared in a music video with cast members Spencer Matthews and Binky Felstead which was filmed in New York City. Made in Chelsea currently airs in Australia on the Foxtel Networks owned pay TV channel LifeStyle You.