More episodes Free 4 episodes Rental 22 episodes Episode 1 Duration: 45 minutes Series 5 • Episode 1 New series of the reality show. Arg unveils his new look. Joey moves into a new bachelor pad with new flatmate Tom. Lauren Goodger opens up about her weight struggles. Tweet The Only Way is Essex Real-life soap focusing on a group of Essex characters. The drama unfolds against the backdrop of nail bars, wine bars, flash cars and designer gear. The storylines are part real and part constructed.