Three cast members of Geordie Shore entertained Cambridge students at the Union on Friday night.
Geordie Shore is one of the UK’s most successful reality TV shows, whose ninth series will arrive on our TV screens next week. In the year when the show started to regularly pull in a weekly audience of over one million people, three of the longest-serving cast members, Vicky, Gaz and James, sat down at the union to talk reality TV, fall outs, fame and getting mortal.
The show was branded “bordering on pornographic” by Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah and repeatedly accused of bringing the city into disrepute, but the cast maintained that people got behind it eventually.
“At the start, people thought we gave it [Newcastle] a bad name”, said Gaz. Vicky added “Slowly but surely everybody got on board. I think they thought we were poking fun at where we were from, but it’s the total opposite.”
The cast argued that their show was a more relatable style of reality TV than Made In Chelsea or The Only Way Is Essex, but Vicky Pattison stated she was still “obsessed” with those shows.
She added: “You don’t want to see posh people drinking bloody mary’s all the time. You want to see young people drinking jagerbombs and having a f**king laugh. I don’t want to see the awkward flirting. I want to see the bucking.”
One student asked the question, “Why should I start watching Geordie Shore?” to which Gaz responded: “It might teach you a few things Cambridge won’t.”
The question on the lips of all the fans in the audience was eventually answered by self-proclaimed ‘LAD' Gary, who confessed that he thought he’d slept with over 1,000 women.
“Girls are lining up to have sex with you. No guy at 25 says ‘no thanks girls, not tonight'.”
Lilly Posnett, a second-year at Homerton, considered the night a success. She said, “I thought they held their own pretty well. They obviously knew exactly what they did was ‘getting drunk for a living’ but they were proud of being part of something relatable and popular. I thought the atmosphere was really nice and people asked some interesting, and some very interesting, questions…”