More episodes Free 4 episodes Rental 22 episodes Episode 5 Duration: 30 minutes Series 1 • Episode 5 Real-life soap. Will Mark lose his heart to a new mystery woman? Can Lauren get over him by indulging in some serious dating? Preparations get underway for Essex Fashion Week. 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.