The Only Way Is Essex is bolstering its ranks with a new black castmate, following accusations of racism

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THE show is heading into its 27th series – yes, really – and Towie producers have something new up their sleeves for fans.

I’m told that they have signed up a new castmate in hunky mechanical engineer Rem, who shot his first scenes on Monday afternoon.

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Producers of The Only Way is Essex have signed up a new black castmate, Reemiah Larue, for the 27th series of the show[/caption]

Rem, whose full name is Reemiah Larue, is something of a familiar face to the Essex locals as he promotes a club night called Allsorts and is a DJ who has played across the area, including at Amy Child’s birthday.

Producers reckon he will turn the ladies’ heads and cause a stir in the ITVBe show.

A source said: “Producers are delighted they’ve managed to find some new talent in Rem, who is a big character. He’s best mates with Harry Lee and Tom McDonnell, and is a big ladies man.

“They hope he will ruffle a few feathers and cause some conflict on the show.”

Rem’s signing comes after criticism from ex-character Vas J Morgan, who accused the series of being racist.

Vas, who like Rem is black, said he was treated differently while taking part in the ITVBe show because of his skin colour.

A Towie insider insisted that no new castmate is ever signed for “tokenism” but because of their links to the existing stars.

The source added: “Rem is there on merit alone, not because of his background or skin colour.

“We believe he’s a great reality star, he’s young, hot, very charming, is friends with some of the boys and we think he’ll set heads turning amongst the girls.”

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The new castmate in hunky mechanical engineer Rem shot his first scenes on Monday, after the show was accused of racism by ex-character Vas J Morgan[/caption]

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A source said ‘Rem is there on merit alone, not because of his background or skin colour’[/caption]

Nesbitt’s shaking his stuff

THERE were high hopes for new Sunday night drama Bloodlands – and if the impressive viewing figures were anything to go by, it did not disappoint.

But a few viewers were grumbling about the wobbly camera technique on the BBC1 thriller, which stars Cold Feet actor James Nesbitt and is exec produced by Line of Duty creator, Jed Mercurio.

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Sunday night drama Bloodlands, starring James Nesbitt, disappointed viewers with the wobbly filming technique[/caption]

The filming technique was used to create tension, but after Sunday night’s debut episode, some of the audience took to Twitter, with one asking: “Has this been filmed on someone’s iPhone?”

Another told the creators: “Sack your cameraman – he is sh*te.”

A third added: “So odd that this is from the same people that make the brill Line of Duty.”

To be fair, it looked so bone-chillingly Baltic on location in Northern Ireland that the person working the camera probably struggled to hold it still.

Lizard in drag for Sir David

THE legendary Sir David Attenborough channels his inner Ru Paul in his latest BBC nature show, which takes a fascinating look at ‘drag queen’ lizards.

Life in Colour, a collaboration with Netflix, takes viewers to South Africa to meet a juvenile male flat lizard that has evolved the ability to mimic a female by wearing its colours.


Sir David Attenborough’s latest show, Life in Colour, took a look at ‘drag queen’ lizards[/caption]

It allows the lizard to avoid attack from bigger, aggressive males.

The series, which airs on Sunday at 7pm on BBC1, also features a baboon that strikes fear into other monkeys with its purple bum, and a butterfly with ultraviolet markings that can be seen by humans for the first time thanks to the show’s ground-breaking technology.

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