MTV The Valleys – The verdict

First there was The Only Way Is Essex (Towie) then came Geordie Shore and Made In Chelsea – so what other stereotypical British areas were left to explore?
Hmmmm….. desperate times and so it must be time to feature The Welsh in a brand new MTV series creatively called …ummmm…The Valleys.

‘The Valleys’ had it’s official launch a week before transmission in a glitzy London venue hosted by local boy “H” from Steps. (This has got all the signs of total car-crash telly…. at it’s best!)

So the premise of this series is still following the traditional reality-come-fly-on-the-wall filming of orchestrated scenarios but with no script.
In the show nine young men and women are taken from the South Wales valleys and plonked in a big city to see how they cope with the bright lights of Cardiff as they try to realise their career ambitions and dreams. (oh joy!)

Just watch the official trailer below for more reasons whether you should tune into the series! (Video rated 18+)

MTV The Valleys poster at Cardiff Central
MTV The Valleys poster at Cardiff Central
A huge poster has been put on display as you enter the capital City of Wales – and is one of the first things you now see as you arrive at Cardiff Central Station.

MTV are really pulling out all the stops for this series – I just wonder how well it will be received.

Sponsored by Durex no less!
MTV The Valleys poster at Cardiff Central
MTV The Valleys poster at Cardiff Central

Already local celebrities, athletes and politicians have joined in the debate on whether this is going to accurately reflect life in either the South Wales valleys or Cardiff – and have taken to Twitter to air their views:-

A group of people from the South Wales valleys have set up a website called The Valley Are Here. They are running a campaign to promote a much more positive image of the area to offset what is shown on the tv series.

“Life here isn’t all rosy, nobody would say that, but we’re proud of where we come from – and want everyone to know why.”

I think this tv series is more a reflection on the WHOLE of society and should not be taken as an accurate representation of ANY part of Wales. Having lived in Cardiff all my life I have come to realise that Cardiff is quite a typical City!!! The city has a huge student population thus attracts a lot of non-Welsh people here.

My view is that whenever I venture to the City Centre for a night out I get the impression that it is full of students and the Valley Commandos (as we have affectionately named them!)
Most parts of Cardiff have decent pubs (which now open later) and I’m sure more people stay local rather than venture into the City Centre than they used to.

Back in the late 1990’s (and beyond) it was becoming a total no-go area with it resembling something from a Club 18-30 holiday (which isn’t too much of a bad thing) but I think it totally tarnished Cardiff’s friendly and fun reputation – where we were seen to be a drinking mecca along with the likes of Dublin, Blackpool and San Antonio in Ibiza.

Major parts of the City Centre have since adapted and are much more friendly again now. But it does feel as if Greyfriars Road is the new St Mary Street!

So what am I saying here? Are all the outsiders coming in and spoiling our city for us?
Not really – but doesn’t this happen to every city these days!?

MTV are making a tv series and have probably filmed hundreds of hours of footage of which only a small percentage will make it to screen – and of course only the best(insert worst here also) bits will be shown.

I for one WILL most certainly be watching!

So just to finish off and add to the Welshness of proceedings The MTV TheValleys Twitter account have decided to hold a #WelshSongs contest – here’s the best!

https://twitter.com/Stephen0304/status/248735062063984640

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