A few months ago it was announced that there was going to be a reality TV series set in Liverpool, focussing on a small group of girls in Liverpool.
When I first read about it, I was shocked, excited and then terrified, thinking about what the show would be like; how would this eight part series portray the city that I'm so proud to say I'm from?
The trailer dropped a couple of weeks ago, and it didn't offend me too much, just a few cringeworthy moments, but so far so good.
The worst part for me was to hear swearing bleeped out. (Not because I love swearwords, just because I think it's completely unnecessary to any form of swearing in a trailer. Turns out that the girl who's swearing isn't actually from Liverpool. Cough. Cough.)
Last night was the first episode, and being in Amsterdam, the closest I could do to watching it was to refresh my newsfeed on Facebook and to follow the #desperatescousewives hashtag on Twitter.
The fact that I couldn't watch the show while everybody else was, was killing me; I felt inadequate. I write a Fashion Blog and I'm from Liverpool. I just had to watch this as soon as possible. In hindsight now I'm pretty glad I got to watch it alone, not taking anybody else's opinion into consideration, and I didn't have to do a real-time update every five minutes - it kind of gave me time to enjoy(?) it.
After the show finished, the Twitter storm died down, but one tweet in particular caught my eye.
So here I am now, firing my Scouse Wag apologist routine on all cylinders. (Sharp, I'm not sure if that's the right phrase? I've never heard that one myself.)
I've got to clear a few things up before we go any further. I wont be commenting on the cast members who aren't from Liverpool; it's not called Desperate Woolwives.
N.B I'm defo not commenting on Jaiden; he's f'cking vile and has a sweatier head than any of the girls did.
If I refer to "the Girls," it'll be about Jodie, Amanda, Chloe, Debbie and Gill. I've only watched it once and I know their names off by heart. Heavy.
I wasn't insane about the introduction; it reminded me a lot of Shameless when Frank is introducing the Chatsworth Estate. I hope that's not a reflection on the city?
But you know what?
I didn't have a massive problem with any of the show.
The biggest thing for me was how totally scripted it was. It was such a shame, because I think the girls have their own personalities, and without the heavy scripting, I think these might have shown through.
But I'm not here to write sh't about people on my Blog; I'm not Britain's Most Brutal Blogger. NOR A F'CKING WOOL.
I honestly think the biggest detriment to this TV show is the production of it. The scripting is cringeworthy, and very false. The casting of the boys hasn't worked for me; they aren't true Scouse lads at all. I know Danny is, and he seems quite sound but the others aren't Scouse enough. The producers have completely played on all Scouse Stereotypes which is a little predictable.
I need people to remember though that these people DO NOT represent the entire population of Liverpool. But at the same time, they don't NOT represent the entire population of Liverpool.
These girls do exist in this wonderful city of ours, and we can't pretend they don't.
My faves so far? Chloe seems completely harmless and very sweet. You can't say that Debbie isn't gorgeous and Jodie's out of her tree. In a good way of course.
I genuinely think this is a programme we'll warm to, if some of the heavily scripted shit could be diluted then this could actually be alright.
Let's see how next week's episode goes.