ITV reveals ITVBe launch night programming
ITV today revealed details of the exciting opening night schedule of its brand new free-to-air channel ITVBe.
The launch night will feature Welcome to ITVBe, a one off celebration of everything on the new channel; a special edition of the channel’s flagship programme The Only Way is Essex set in Ibiza; and TOWIE: All Back To Essex, a one off special spin-off.
Presenters Peter Andre and Jamelia will present Welcome to ITVBe and bring viewers all the gossip and glamour from the launch event of ITV's exciting new entertainment and lifestyle channel. This one off occasion will feature action from the celebrity bash, interviews on the sofa and an exclusive premiere of Celebrity Dinner Date, featuring Joe Swash.
This two hour special of glitz and glamour will come direct from the showbiz heart of ITV, where our hosts will be chatting with guests including some TOWIE favourites, the cast of ITV original commissioned series, The Real Housewives of Cheshire and Seven Days With… and many more.
Launch night on ITVBe will also feature a special of the flagship original commission, The Only Way Is Essex, as it moves to its new home on the channel. Fans of the award-winning series can catch up with the cast on the White Isle, with The Only Way is Ibiza debuting on this special launch night.
To celebrate the arrival of The Only Way is Essex in its new ITVBe home, ITV has also commissioned a special TOWIE spin-off sister show for launch night.
Live from the Sugar Hut and presented by Essex residents Denise Van Outen and Mark Wright, TOWIE: All Back to Essex is a one-off special and will be broadcast immediately after the series’ launch episode from Ibiza. Featuring all the gossip from filming on the sunshine island and looking ahead to the forthcoming series the special will also include interviews with the cast, celebrity supporters of the show, super fans and media pundits.
Mark and Denise will celebrate all things TOWIE shedding light on the on and off-screen antics like never before. Social media interaction will be a big feature in the show and fans will be able to tweet their questions for the cast as well as comment on the Ibiza launch episode and all the latest gossip from Essex.
The show will also feature VTs from filming in Ibiza and there’ll be an exclusive preview of TOWII part two; the second episode and final show from Ibiza that will follow on ITVBe later that week.
ITV also today confirmed the full line up of couples who will be appearing in new original commissioned series, Seven Days With… a new reality series that gives viewers a unique insight into the lives and relationships of some of the UK’s favourite celebrity couples and which will be broadcast during launch week on ITVBe.
Tamara Ecclestone and Jay Rutland, Brian and Vogue McFadden and Natasha Hamilton and Ritchie Neville will be taking part along with Ray and Emma Quinn, JB and Chloe Gill and Jennifer Ellison and Rob Tickle. Each episode will follow one of these well known couples to explore how their relationship really works. Their faces will be familiar from the red carpets and glamorous events, but what happens when the make-up comes off?