Will new reality TV show Surrey Heights be Croydon's TOWIE?

Croydon Guardian: The show is set to rival The Only Way Is Essex The show is set to rival The Only Way Is Essex

A new reality TV show set to rival TOWIE is being made in Croydon.

Reality show Surrey Heights, based in Croydon, will be holding casting sessions for individuals, groups and couples at Shooshh nightclub next month.

The show is being produced by Aimee Butcher and business partner and musician Melody.

The pair have already secured interest from one television channel and are looking for individuals, groups of friends and couples, to star in the pilot episode, which due start filming in June.

The show promises to be glamorous and "more real" than other reality shows, with episodes following the casts' day-to-day experiences.

Miss Butcher, 22, who is a broker and runs an event company said: "We just thought 'if we don't do it someone else will, so it might as well be us'.

"We have lots of ideas for the show. People don't see Croydon as a particularly glamorous place but there is a lot of stuff going on.

"We are looking for people with stories. It's all the same genre of people in reality shows at the moment, but we are going to be very diverse with our characters.

"Some people think Croydon is a rough place and it's not.

"We are going to highlight the good but also recognise the bad, but in a good way."

The program's name has resurrected the argument of whether Croydon is in London or in Surrey, but Miss Butcher insists Surrey Heights is a suitable name for the new show.

She said: "To people moaning about the name, the show is based in Croydon and the surrounding areas.

"Parts of Croydon are in Surrey and we are looking for people from all over, including from the Croydon and Surrey border."

The castings are to be held at Shooshh nightclub on Crown Hill, on May 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Anyone interested in attending a casting session is asked to send two pictures and a small explanation on why they should be on the show to surreyheights@gmail.com.

You will then receive an email after 48 hours inviting you to a casting session.

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3:32pm Fri 13 Apr 12

stephenkhewett says...

The people in Croydon are far too sophisticated to be interested in this sort of thing!
The people in Croydon are far too sophisticated to be interested in this sort of thing! stephenkhewett

2:04am Sun 15 Apr 12

Dymo83 says...

Should be entertaining, terrible name though. Should call it straight outta Croydon.
Should be entertaining, terrible name though. Should call it straight outta Croydon. Dymo83

12:12pm Mon 16 Apr 12

Nick of Muster says...

Less TOWIE and more Talifornia - the Irish show that was set in the Croydon of Dublin (Tallaght) - http://www.irishcent
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Less TOWIE and more Talifornia - the Irish show that was set in the Croydon of Dublin (Tallaght) - http://www.irishcent ral.com/ent/Tallafor nia-brings-Jersey-Sh ores-sex-and-attitud e-to-Ireland---VIDEO S-135496808.html Nick of Muster

8:59pm Mon 16 Apr 12

grumpylondoner says...

I would be interested to see how this can portray Croydon in a positive light? Croydon pretty much ruined my life...check out below

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I would be interested to see how this can portray Croydon in a positive light? Croydon pretty much ruined my life...check out below http://observationso fagrumpylondoner.blo gspot.co.uk/2011/08/ how-croydon-ruined-m y-life.html grumpylondoner

1:53am Tue 17 Apr 12

cgreenland says...

As someone who has grown up in Croydon and lives in Croydon I would say that none who would show Croydon in a positive light would audition for this show. Croydon is not necessarily a bad place but only the thug like people make it in the media and a show like this will not help this in my opinion.
As someone who has grown up in Croydon and lives in Croydon I would say that none who would show Croydon in a positive light would audition for this show. Croydon is not necessarily a bad place but only the thug like people make it in the media and a show like this will not help this in my opinion. cgreenland

9:29am Fri 4 May 12

Matthew H says...

Far too much time and effort is wasted in both criticising and promoting Croydon. Those who criticise are bowing to the profiteering media or diverting attention from their own shortcomings and those who try too hard - perhaps this reality show - risk something worse than criticism. Leave the place alone and let people make of it what they will.
Far too much time and effort is wasted in both criticising and promoting Croydon. Those who criticise are bowing to the profiteering media or diverting attention from their own shortcomings and those who try too hard - perhaps this reality show - risk something worse than criticism. Leave the place alone and let people make of it what they will. Matthew H

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