Geordie Shore is a British reality television series broadcast on MTV and based in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. It was first broadcast on 24 May 2011, and is the British version of the American show Jersey Shore.[2][3][4] "Geordie" is the regional nickname and dialect given to the people of the Tyneside area in north-east England, and is closely associated with the city of Newcastle and its environment where the show is set. Despite this, the show includes cast members from various parts of North East England as well as one from Italy.

Series

YearSeriesPredominant locationNumber of episodesAverage viewers
2011Series 1Newcastle, England6631,000
Magaluf MadnessMagaluf, Spain2477,000
2012Series 2Newcastle, England8617,000
Series 3Cancún, Mexico8882,000
Series 4Newcastle, England8994,000
2013Series 5Newcastle, England8908,000
Series 6Sydney, Australia81,038,000
Series 7Newcastle, England61,040,000
2014Series 8Newcastle, England81,075,000
Series 9Newcastle, England8936,000
2015Series 10Newcastle, England8900,000
Series 11Zante, Greece101,149,000
2016Series 12Newcastle, England81,237,000
Big Birthday BattleNewcastle, England61,195,000
Series 13Various10952,000
2017Series 14Newcastle, England12867,000
Series 15Newcastle, England9553,000

Series 1 (2011)

The first series of the show began airing on 24 May 2011 and concluded on 28 June 2011, consisting of six episodes. It was then followed by a reunion show hosted by Russell Kane where the cast discussed the series in front of an audience. This episode aired on 5 July 2011, and was followed by a Best Bits special which counted down the best moments from the first series in an episode airing 12 July 2011. The series included the turbulent relationship of Holly (who entered the house three days late) and Dan coming to an end,[6] the beginning of Gaz and Charlotte's ongoing love/hate relationship, and Jay and Vicky's rocky relationship.[6] In June 2011, two summer specials based in Magaluf were announced.[7][3][9] These episodes aired from 23 August 2011 to 30 August 2011. This was the only series to feature Greg Lake.[8]

Series 2 (2012)

The second series of the show began airing on 31 January 2012 and concluded on 20 March 2012, consisting of eight episodes. Like the first series, this series included a reunion special and a Best Bits special episode. The series was confirmed on 15 August 2011 when it was announced that Geordie Shore had been recommissioned for a second series with an extended eight-episode run.[2] On 7 December 2011 it was confirmed the second series would begin on 31 January 2012.[12] After the Magaluf specials Greg Lake announced he was to leave the show and not appear in the second series. Rebecca Walker and Ricci Guarnaccio were cast as replacements. The series featured Sophie and Joel's rocky relationship coming to an end, Vicky being torn between her boyfriend Dan and new cast member Ricci,[2] Charlotte admitting she'd finally had enough of seeing Gaz with other girls,[2] and the beginning of Holly and James.[2] For series two the cast moved from their home in Jesmond to a new house in a converted warehouse on the outskirts of the city. In January 2012 the cast launched their own fragrance, capturing the essence of Newcastle. Titled L'eau De Geordie (the world's first ever kebab scented perfume), their spoof perfume was to mark the premiere of the second series.[16]

Series 3 (2012)

The third series of the show began airing on 26 June 2012 and concluded on 14 August 2012, consisting of eight episodes. After the run of episodes, two Best Bits episodes aired counting down the series' top 10 moments. The series was confirmed on 23 February 2012 when it was announced that the cast of Geordie Shore would head to Cancún in Mexico for Spring Break[2] – eight episodes were filmed for series 3.[2] Series 3 began filming in early March and aired on MTV in June, it was later confirmed by cast member Gary Beadle via Twitter.[2] The series is therefore also known as Chaos in Cancun. This is the last series to include cast members Rebecca Walker and Jay Gardner, who both departed during the final episode. This series featured Vicky and Ricci's relationship on the rocks before they finally got engaged,[2] Holly and James growing closer when James broke his leg,[3][3] and more bickering and flirting between Gaz and Charlotte.

Series 4 (2012)

The fourth series of the show began airing on 6 November 2012 and concluded on 18 December 2012, consisting of eight episodes. For the first time this series there was no special episodes counting down the best bits. This was the first series to feature new cast members Daniel Thomas-Tuck and Scott Timlin.[3][3][3] The series included Vicky and Ricci's ongoing arguments continuing to the point of the engagement being temporarily called off,[3][3] James leaving Holly distraught by the announcement of him having a girlfriend,[3][3] and a huge bust-up between Vicky and Sophie which had the whole house divided.[3] During the series, on 11 November 2012, the cast made guest appearances during the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards where they presented the award for Best Male, which Justin Bieber won.[4]

Series 5 (2013)

The fifth series of the show began airing on 19 February 2013 and concluded on 16 April 2013, consisting of eight episodes. The series was followed by another Best Bits episode airing 16 April 2013. The series was confirmed on 10 January 2013 when MTV announced that the fifth series of Geordie Shore would follow the cast in several locations across Europe including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Prague and Tignes.[33] Filming for Series 5 began on 14 November 2012, as confirmed by several cast members on Twitter,[4][4][4][4] and concluded in December. This was the final series to include cast members Daniel Thomas-Tuck and Ricci.

Series 6 (2013)

The sixth series of the show began airing on 9 July 2013 and concluded on 27 August 2013, consisting of eight episodes. The series was officially announced on 25 February 2013 when it was revealed the series would be located in Sydney and would air in summer 2013.[4][4] Filming for this series began on 2 April as confirmed by cast member Gaz on Twitter.[4] However, Charlotte was absent from the beginning of filming and joined the remaining cast on 7 April.[4][6][6] The series featured a one off return of former cast member Jay Gardner. During the series, Charlotte entered the Celebrity Big Brother house to compete in the twelfth series of the show and eventually won on 14 September 2013.

Series 7 (2013)

The seventh series of the show began airing on 17 September 2013 and concluded on 22 October 2013, consisting of six episodes. The series was confirmed on 5 July 2013 when it was announced that they were filming the series when Holly and Vicky were both arrested on a night out for assault during filming and were then temporarily suspended pending further enquiries.[6] On 12 July 2013 it was announced that Sophie had been axed from the show after exhibiting offensive behaviour on the night when Holly and Vicky were arrested.[45] Holly Hagan was cleared on 21 August 2013.[6] On 13 August 2013 it was announced there would be a new cast member joining in Series 7, who was later revealed to be Marnie Simpson, the cousin of Sophie. Jay Gardner also made another one off return during this series. After the series, on 15 December 2013, in a bid to reach Christmas number one, Gaz released his debut single which features vocals from The Risk, who previously featured in the eighth series of The X Factor.[47]

Series 8 (2014)

The eighth series of the show began airing on 22 July 2014 and concluded on 9 September 2014, consisting of eight episodes. The series was confirmed on 22 October 2013 when Holly indicated that Series 7 was not the last and that another series would be filmed.[6][6] Filming began for the series on 25 March 2014,[6][6][6] and featured two new cast members, Aaron Chalmers and Kyle Christie.[4] During the series, Ricci entered the Celebrity Big Brother house to participate in the fourteenth series. He followed in the footsteps of fellow cast member Charlotte who won the series in 2013. However he was evicted in a double eviction just two days before the final on 10 September. Ahead of the series, in 2014, it was announced that Charlotte would have her own TV series which aired on TLC.[6] It was also revealed that had Vicky joined the cast of Ex on the Beach. She was later joined by fellow Geordie Shore cast member Ricci as well as Australian fling Dan Conn who briefly appeared in the sixth series of the show.[6]

Series 9 (2014)

The ninth series of the show began airing on 28 October 2014 and concluded on 16 December 2014, consisting of eight episodes. On 15 May 2014, Gaz confirmed that the ninth series would be filmed in July/August 2014 and hinted at it being abroad.[6] However the series remained in Newcastle. A new trailer confirmed that Vicky would be in charge, taking the role of 'Queen V' upon its return. On 28 October 2014, ahead of the Series 9 premiere, Vicky announced that this series would be her last.[6]

Series 10 (2015)

The tenth series of the show began airing on 7 April 2015 and concluded on 26 May 2015, consisting of eight episodes. The series of the show was also confirmed on 1 November 2014 when it was revealed by Gary Beadle that filming had commenced. On 17 November 2014, MTV announced the tenth series would be James' last series.[58] On 17 February 2015 it was confirmed that the tenth series would begin with two new cast members, Chloe Ferry and Nathan Henry.[6]

Series 11 (2015)

The eleventh series was announced on 23 May 2015 when it was confirmed that MTV had renewed the series for a further three series.[6] The show began on 20 October 2015 and concluded on 22 December 2015. This was the first series not to include original cast member James Tindale after he departed at the start of the previous series. Ahead of the series it was confirmed that the series would be filmed in Greece.[6] In September 2015 when the series premiere was announced, it was confirmed that the cast members would air for ten episodes, making it the longest series to date. It is also revealed that cast member Kyle Christie would depart in this series after four seasons. It was also confirmed that the cast had travelled to Zante, Malia, Ios, Santorini, Mykonos, and Athens for the series.[4]

Series 12 (2016)

The twelfth was announced on 23 May 2015 when it was confirmed that MTV had renewed the series for a further three series, the eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth. The series was filmed in October and November 2015 and began airing on 15 March 2016.[3] It was the first series to include new cast members Chantelle Connelly and Marty McKenna, who had previously appeared on the third series of Ex on the Beach.[4] Marnie Simpson would also rejoin for the twelfth series having left at the end of the previous series.

Big Birthday Battle (2016)

On 6 February 2016, following Scotty T's win on Celebrity Big Brother it was announced that he was filming for the next series of Geordie Shore the next day. However, on 12 February 2016 it was confirmed that the cast past and present would be reuniting for a mini-series to celebrate five years of the show.[2] In March further details were announced as it was confirmed it would be a six-part special, classified as Big Birthday Battle and would not be billed as the thirteenth series. It would begin on 10 May 2016. In April 2016 it was confirmed that all of the current cast members would return, and would include the returns of former cast members Daniel Thomas-Tuck, James Tindale, Jay Gardner, Kyle Christie, Ricci Guarnaccio and Sophie Kasaei. The only past cast members that did not return for this series were Greg Lake, Rebecca Walker and Vicky Pattison. The series also featured the show's 100th episode. On 1 June 2016 it was announced that original cast member Charlotte Crosby had quit the show and that this would be her final series.[5]

Series 13 (2016)

The thirteenth series was announced on 23 May 2015 when it was confirmed that MTV had renewed the series for a further three series, the eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth.[2] The series was filmed in June and July 2016[67] and began on 25 October 2016. This was the first series not to include Charlotte Crosby since she made her exit during the previous series.[68] It also featured another return of former cast members Sophie Kasaei and Kyle Christie, who previously made a brief return during the Big Birthday Battle anniversary series.[69] This series was filmed on various party islands including Kavos, Ibiza and Magaluf.[70] On 24 June 2016, it was reported that Chantelle Connelly had quit the show halfway through filming, resulting in this series being her final one.[3] On 27 September 2016, the previous reports were confirmed with the announcement that Chantelle Connelly had quit the show mid-series. It was also later announced that this would be Holly Hagan's last series after she quit in the series finale, along with Kyle Christie.[3]

Series 14 (2017)

The fourteenth series was confirmed on 31 October 2016 when Scotty T announced that he would be taking a break from the series to focus on other commitments. The series was filmed in November 2016, and began airing on 28 March 2017. Ahead of the series, it was also confirmed that original cast member Holly had quit the show, following her exit in the previous series.[3][3] On 28 February 2017, it was announced that eight new cast members had joined for this series: Zahida Allen, Chelsea Barber, Sam Bentham, Sarah Goodhart, Abbie Holborn, Elettra Lamborghini, Billy Phillips and Eve Shannon.[3] Goodhart and Allen both previously appeared on Ex on the Beach, with the former appearing on the third series of the show as the ex-girlfriend of current cast member Marty (before he joined the cast). Lamborghini has also appeared on Super Shore and participated in the fifth season of Gran Hermano VIP, the Spanish version of Celebrity Big Brother. It was also confirmed that Scott would return later in the series.[3]

Series 15 (2017)

The fifteenth series was confirmed on 8 August 2017 when a teaser video was released confirming the start date for the series as 29 August 2017.[3] During the series it was confirmed that Elettra Lamborghini would be making a brief return, when the cast jetted off to Rome.[3]

Series 16

Filming for the sixteenth series began in September of 2017. The whole cast has yet to be officially revealed, with the exception of Aaron Chalmers, Chloe Ferry, Nathan Henry, Sophie Kasaei, Abbie Holborn and Marnie Simpson, but it has been reported that Gaz Beadle has left the show due to personal reasons. He has been offered to return to the series in a guest capacity, however.[3] Marnie Simpson has also revealed, with the absence of Gaz, the upcoming series would see three new cast members enter the house, Sam Gowland and Stephanie Snowdon are reported to have signed up to the show, with the third member yet to be revealed.[3]

Cast

Series
123456789101112BB13141516[9]
Current cast members
Sophie Kasaei
Scotty TTBD
Marnie Simpson
Aaron ChalmersTBD
Chloe Ferry
Nathan Henry
Marty McKennaTBD
Abbie HolbornTBD
Former cast members
Gaz Beadle
Charlotte Crosby
Jay Gardner
Holly Hagan
Greg Lake
Vicky Pattison
James Tindale
Ricci Guarnaccio
Rebecca Walker
Dan Thomas-Tuck
Kyle Christie
Chantelle Connelly
Zahida Allen
Chelsea Barber
Sam Bentham
Sarah Goodhart
Elettra Lamborghini
Billy Phillips
Eve Shannon
     = Cast member features in this series
     = Cast member features as a guest in this series
     = Cast member does not feature in this series

Other appearances

As well as appearing on Geordie Shore, some of the cast members have also competed on other reality television shows, including Celebrity Big Brother and I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!

Reception

In a column for Metro, Christopher Hooton described the show as "a gaudy kaleidoscope of six packs, shots, fights, simulated fellatio and exposed breasts," but said that criticism of the show was futile given its intent, noting that "being shocked by the lasciviousness of Geordie Shore is like being shocked by the lack of nutrition in a Pot Noodle."[9] Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah has described the show as "bordering on pornographic", and announced she will be raising questions in Parliament about the issues raised by the programme.[9] Newcastle has also benefited from the show by increased tourism. Hotels and travel agents have attributed increased bookings, up by as much as three of four times in 2012 from 2011, to the popularity of the program.[9]

Series 12 features the most watched episode to date, watched by 1,367,000, the show's peak viewership.[9] Series 12 was the most watched series on average with 1,237,000 viewers per week.

Music

In December 2013, Gaz released his debut single "Party Like a Rockstar (Up Your Game)" in a bid to reach Christmas number one. Vocals from the track come from Australian recording artist Emily Williams and The X Factor series eight finalists The Risk.[9] Vicky also appears in the music video.[47]

In August 2014, Holly released her debut single, a cover version of Milkshake, which was previously released in 2003 by Kelis and charted at number 2 in the UK.[9]

Singles

SingleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
UK
IRE
NED
"Party Like A RockStar (Up Your Game)"
(Gaz & Olabean featuring The Risk and Emily Williams)
2013Non-album singles
"Milkshake"
(Holly Hagan)
2014

Internet distribution

The uncensored episodes are available to buy on the UK iTunes Store the day after episodes are aired.[9]

Broadcast

Geordie Shore premiered in Canada in 2011 on MTV Canada.[9] In Australia the programme began airing in 2011 on MTV Australia.[9] In September 2011, the show was bought by Network Ten and now broadcasts the series on its digital channel Eleven also in Australia, this concluded in 2013. In 2012 it began airing in New Zealand on MTV (New Zealand). The United States premiere was in 2012 on MTV.[8]