Wednesday 17 January 2018

ITV's new reality show Life on Marbs promises 'TOWIE in the sun'

Life on Marbs. Picture: ITV
Life on Marbs. Picture: ITV
Life on Marbs. Picture: ITV
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

It looks like TOWIE has some competition for ITV's tackiest show.

Creators of the hit Essex based reality show have launched Life on Marbs, which follows wealthy British ex-pats living it large in the sun.

Rather than focusing on the celebrity set who jet out to sunny Spain for the summer, the programme follows those living there full time and splashing the cash in the most ostentatious fashion.

The cameras follow 22 image obsessed housewives, multi-millionaire playboys and superclub owners as they give insight into the lifestyles of the rich and famous.

Life on Marbs. Picture: ITV
Life on Marbs. Picture: ITV

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Entrepreneur Jon Stretton Knowles (34) is seen spending over €600,000 purchasing two new Ferraris in the space of one week and says he enjoys having "big days" at beach clubs, spending €80,000 on partying alone.

"I spent £85,000 and that was a heavy night in Cannes, but I have also had big days and nights at Ocean Club, like 40 or 50k days," he says.

“A couple of grand? We would do that every night. If it was a quiet Wednesday and we went out to Pangea, yeah we would drop a couple of grand. If it is a Saturday night and we have got the boys out, we’d be a bit more extravagant.”

He features alongside his friend, a VIP concierge service owner Bally Singh, who washes his luxury watches in champagne.

“I’m a businessman and I want people to see the different circles you can move in," Bally, a teetotaller adds. "And not the back line. I wanted people to see the high end. That’s why I am doing the show.

“I’m always entertaining private clients, footballers, celebrities. High-end individuals. An average night is 10,000 euros. For a big weekend with a top client we spent 100-150,000 euros. Some of my clients spend that on just their hotel bill.”

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He also owns a penthouse, which he claims is the biggest in Europe, boasting eight bedrooms, jacuzzis and a nightclub.

Housewife Cassie Rowan grew up in Marbella and her husband, who works on oil rigs, keeps her in the lifestyle she has grown accustomed to.

"Now I go out with my husband – and we’ve got 99 prob­­lems but the bill ain’t one," she said.

Her best friend Natalia Richardson, a former model who has dubbed herself "Marbie Barbie", also features on the show, against her wealthy husband's wishes.

“The possibilities are endless. I would love to get back into modelling and do a calendar. I want everything."

“A lot of women out here are always looking for a millionaire or looking to meet a rich guy,” she muses. “I think it is quite hard to hold down a marriage. That is why I have surgery, so then I look like a new wife every few years and he won’t leave me."

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Club promoter Phil Savage runs three main clubs, which he says brings in millions:  “I run three of the main clubs in Marbella, News Cafe, Aqua Mist and Plaza Beach. In terms of money we have done a record May and a record June. Across the three clubs we should do around £7.5 million. The first year we opened Aqua Mist a guy came in and spent £27k in a jacuzzi on Champagne.

“He bought so much we ran out. We get all the footballers in. Ashley Cole was in News Cafe and he spent £2.3k. He asked how much it was to spray Champagne and I said he couldn’t, he asked again, so I said 10k, so he did it. If another footballer’s out here they’ll have bottle wars and try to outspend each other. Ricky Hatton’s here all the time. They’re like your friends when they’re over here.”

Life On Marbs airs on ITV Be on Wednesday, July 22 at 9pm.

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