FOR many people, starring on a national TV show is often nothing more than a distant dream that will never come true.
Several Essex residents, however, have been lucky enough to enjoy 15 minutes of fame after appearing on a string of popular shows in recent years.
Here’s a look back at the very times they graced our screens.
Jerome – The Hunt
The 21-year-old politics student, who lives in Colchester, caused a stir when he appeared on the Chase last year.
The University of Essex pupil pocketed £5,000 in his cash builder and safely returned to join his team after two tense shootouts at a question.
Amazingly, he ended up winning the show.
The bell in – Four in a bed
The Bell Inn, located in Thorpe-le-Soken, featured prominently in an episode of Channel 4’s long-running series Four in a Bed in early 2021.
Former manager Ian Hawthorne and assistant and fiancée Karen Hunt appeared on the show.
During the show, the couple admitted that they only joined the small restaurant a few months before filming, as they worked to accommodate their guests.
They also took them on a trip to Walton Pier – the second longest in the country – where they spent the afternoon fishing.
The Royal Hotel – Four in one bed
Earlier this year The Royal Hotel, in Marine Parade East, Clacton, appeared in the Channel 4 series Four in a Bed.
Representing the facility were General Manager Vicki Hart and Events Director Kara Cross, who participated in filming over a two-week period.
During this time they visited bed and breakfasts in Derby, Norfolk and Loughborough, before returning to Tendring.
Amarinder and Shoba – hunted
The mother and son appeared on the Channel 4 program Hunted.
Over the course of the series, they had to flee and evade capture for 23 days.
Shoba decided to participate after wanting to experience his “first real” adventure before his 60th birthday.