Filming began on Liverpool's own reality TV show outside Lime Street Station this week, much to the dislike of some of the public passing by.
The show will based on the popular model of 'The Only Way is Essex' and 'Made in Chelsea', and stars make-up artist Jodie Lundstram, who hit the streets in a vibrant pink outfit for the opening scenes.
The outlandishly dressed 24-year-old walked through Lime Street, much to the surprise of local onlookers and shouted: “Liverpool I’m back!” Despite proclaiming this, she then slipped her high heels off, put on some fluffy boots and disappeared back into the station.
Many onlookers seemed to be upset with the filming because they thought it would cast their city in an unfavourable way. When 'Geordie Shore' was shown across the nation it angered Newcastle residents and it seems that the Liverpool’s show could do the same.
Members of the public approached JMU Journalism, confusing us as part of the E4 crew, and asked questions such as: “Are you part of this rubbish?”, and: “Why are you doing a show like this in Liverpool?” One said: “It’s a disgrace to our city."
And that's long before the show is due to go to air on E4 in December.
These comments were backed up by Liverpool resident Roger Cross, 34, who said: “She’s [Jodie] not Scouse, she’s an embarrassment and the show is going to make us look like idiots. I’m Scouse, I should be on the show.”
The filming has already attracted national press attention, with Daily Mail headline reading: 'Here's another ghastly reality show... get ready for Desperate Scousewives'.
One of the E4 camera crew told JMU Journalism: “At the moment it’s being filmed under ‘a working title’, I don’t know whether there has been any other filming.”
The show has been billed in several places as 'Desperate Scousewives', and it will be filmed in an eight-part series that follows Liverpool’s girls in their quest for a rich husband.
On Lundstram’s Twitter profile she describes herself as a London/Liverpool based freelance make-up artist and her younger brother John plays for Everton FC's reserves.
Other stars scheduled to be in the show include Liverpool models Chloe Cummings and Amanda Harrington. Harrington is a winner of Miss Liverpool, a few years ago and Cummings is the younger cousin of Peter Crouch’s wife Abbey Clancy.
By Hugh Currell
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Desperate Scousewives star Jodie Lundstram, dressed in pink, is filmed at Liverpool Lime Streets