Mark Wright lands travel show with his 'two best mates' but wife Michelle Keegan isn't invited

THEY were the family who became the most enduring group of cast members on The Only Way Is Essex — and now the Wrights will welcome the TV cameras back into their lives.

This time, though, they will be heading further afield than the county that made them famous.

Mark Wright, his dad Mark senior and younger brother Josh will explore Britain’s holiday hotspots and take on fun challenges in a new BBC1 show.

Delighted Mark said: “I’m absolutely buzzing for this.

“At this stage in my life I want to do things that I really want to do and love.

“I’m getting to travel the country, see places I would never normally have seen, take on adrenaline experiences and challenge my- self.


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"And I’ll do all of this with two of my favourite people on earth — my two best mates, the bro and my dad.

“It’s a dream come true and I can’t wait. It’s gonna be one hell of a ride.”

In the show, titled A Wright Old Adventure, the lads will cover everything from go-karting in Llandudno, kite-surfing in County Down and downhill biking in the Scottish Highlands.

Mark, along with his dad, sister Jessica and late Nanny Pat, spent nearly eight years on the ITV reality show which made stars of Bobby Norris, Megan McKenna and Samantha Faiers.

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His new six-part series, which airs later this year, will make Mark the latest in a long line of celebs to sign up family for a travel show.

Jack Whitehall kicked off the trend with his Travels With My Father, and others include Bradley Walsh and son Barney’s Breaking Dad.

And EastEnders’ Danny Dyer has teamed up with Love Island winner daughter Dani for an E4 travelogue.

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To which co-star Emila Fox added: “Just about my crisp white suit!”

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