More episodes Free 4 episodes Rental 22 episodes Episode 8 Duration: 30 minutes Series 1 • Episode 8 True-life soap meets observational documentary in this glamorous and scandalous series about real Essex characters. What is going on with Mark, Amy, Sam, Kirk and Jessica? 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.