Towie-style TV show to shake up ITV with ground-breaking new series Peckham’s Finest

FOR the last 40 years it’s been best known as the run-down, inner-city home of Del Boy and Rodney.

But this week, Peckham will get a serious rebranding as one of the UK’s most happening hotspots thanks to a new ITV2 series.

Peckham’s Finest is billed as SE15’s cooler, edgier and sexier answer to Towie and charts the real lives, friendships and romantic dramas of a group of young people from this part of London.

The diverse cast is predominantly black and the show makers are hoping it will finally change perceptions of Peckham.

One of the show’s stars, body confidence coach Queen Mojo, said: “For years, Peckham has had a bad press but we have so much more to offer away from those outdated stereotypes from Only Fools and Horses. There are lots of smart people here. We’re sexy, we’re spicy, we’re hot!”

Fellow cast member Isla Loba said whenever she used to tell people where she was from, it would be met with a negative reaction.

The model said: “People would be like, ‘Urgh’. But the show is hopefully going to change that.

“I love the vibrancy, the noise. You go through so many different cultural experiences, and I can’t wait for people to see all that.”

DJ Mark-Ashley Dupe, who is gay, says he is proud to be part of a show where LGBT stories are told and black people are celebrated.

He said: “I’ve watched reality TV like Made In Chelsea and on these shows, we’re kind of tokenised. Here, we’re three-dimensional. It’s refreshing for TV and the nation.”

  • Peckham’s Finest starts this Wednesday on ITV2 and ITV Hub

Comer's Russian remedy

KILLING Eve actress Jodie Comer had to spend a week speaking in a Russian accent in order to nail her performance.

Though she bagged a Bafta for her turn as eccentric assassin Villanelle, the dialect didn’t come easy to the Liverpudlian actress – who reprises her famous role in a third series of the BBC show next year.

She confessed: “Russian is hard. You know what? I have an amazing dialect coach called Zerbirger and then what we do is like we’ll spend a week doing it.

“So say, for instance, if I have to do a Scottish accent, then for a week we’ll just purely do that and that’s the only way we’ll speak to each other.”

Between the Scottish and Russian accent she’ll end up sounding like Sean Connery in The Hunt For Red October.

Jamie: my vodka on fire woe

DAFT posho Jamie Laing ended up in hospital with burns after setting fire to a sauna trying to get drunk on vodka fumes.

The Strictly Come Dancing finalist and party boy poured booze over the hot coals while staying in a friend’s plush apartment in South America.

But the fire pit flared up and he scorched his hands trying to put out the blaze.

In his new book I Can Explain, he said: “I’d heard from someone that if you put vodka in the bath, the fumes made you drunk, so figured it might work on the hot rocks heating up the sauna, right?

"Wrong – it set them on fire, and I ended up in hospital with burned hands, and a red face from causing so much damage.”

Clever, Jamie.

El has gift of the gab

ANY memories of Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza in Poldark are eclipsed by her new guise on BBC1 comedy drama The Outlaws.

The actress sports a striking new look as Instagram star Lady Gabriella Penrose-Howe.

Stephen Merchant, the show’s writer and star, said he based Eleanor’s diva-like character on supermodel Naomi Campbell.

Lady Gabby’s dad, The Earl, is played by Withnail And I legend Richard E Grant.

The six-parter, starting on October 25, focuses on seven offenders doing community service.

With that kind of company, Lady Gabby might be best off not wearing that blinging tiara around them.

It's glam up North

MANCHESTER is about to feature in a new reality TV show in the same vein as Towie and Made In Chelsea.

With a working title of You Do You, the four-part Channel 4 series will focus on the glamorous lifestyle of some of the city’s locals.

A TV insider said: “It’s a city which has just as much bling as Essex or Chelsea, but also its own unique edge. So TV chiefs decided it finally deserves its own reality show.

“The area already has a sprinkling of stardust.”

Love Island alumni Olivia Attwood is often spotted out partying and shopping in Manchester, and Molly Mae Hague and boyfriend Tommy Fury also live nearby.

The series will initially air as a short-form social media series of 15-minute shows.

But I reckon it won’t be long before they give it a full series.

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