The stars of reality TV hit 'The Only Way Is Essex' will star in a special live episode this Christmas.

Show bosses have reportedly put a booze ban in place in a bid to avoid any drunken mishaps by the cast who regularly appear out and about in different Essex night-spots in the ITV2 show, known to fans as Towie.

Sam Faiers said: "I'm really excited but so so nervous. It's going to be an amazing experience. Who knows what will happen... especially in Essex."

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"Nervous" Sam Faiers

Co-star Mario Falcone said the cast would be "completely out of our comfort zone".

There will also be a one-off Christmas special on ITV2 the day before the live episode.

Soaps including 'Emmerdale' and 'Coronation Street' recently filmed live episodes to celebrate landmark shows - their 40th and 50th anniversaries respectively - but they are notoriously difficult to film and mistakes are easily made.

'Towie's' Lucy Mecklenburgh admitted the nerves would get to her, saying: "I don't know how we're going to do it. It's crazy. Personally I'm just really scared but I know it's exciting too."

The original TOWIE bunch...

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  • Kirk Norcross

    Kirk's got the rich dad, the swanky sports car and the club... no wonder he's attracting such classy ladies.

  • Lauren Pope

    Popey possesses possibly the poutiest of all pouts in the land of TOWIE and she's not afraid to use them.

  • Gemma Collins

    TOWIE's token larger lady brings endless laughs. Not one to sweep things under the rug or avoid the awkward questions, Gemma once asked Greek twins Dino and Georgie if they look at each others penises.

  • Nanny Pat

    Everyone wants a nan like nanny Pat and everyone wants a bit of her sausage plait.

  • Harry Derbidge

    "Shuuuuuurp!" Harry not only has one of the best catchphrases on the show, he's also on the same level as the girls when it comes to tans, bleached hair and posing.

  • Mark Wright and James Argent

    Mark and Arg, Arg and Mark, The troublesome duo have one of the best bromances reality TV has ever seen - Mark even sat through Arg's colonic irrigation!

  • Mark Wright

    Mark's been branded just about every name going when it comes to his alleged philandering, but that hasn't stopped the TOWIE girls going near him. Anyone would think he's the only man in Essex.

  • Lydia Bright

    Lydia gets credit for having the most tasteful dress sense on the show, think more Chanel and less Agent Provocateur. She's also a hero for putting up with Arg and Mark's bromance. Not one to shy away from a fight, she's pretty good at putting Arg in his place.

  • TOWIE girls glammed up

    See, they <em>can</em> look demure. You've just got to give them a Bafta.

  • Sam Faiers and Amy Childs

    Amy may have left the show for "bigger and better" things, but in our mind she'll always be a TOWIE girl.

  • Joey Essex and Sam Faiers

    Joey Essex, you really can't get more Essex than him. He's also the closest thing to a male Barbie on television at the moment. Here's a rare picture of the "reem" ladies man wearing trousers and not short shorts. We think it's time he faced up to the fact that they're NEVER going to catch on.

  • Lauren Goodger

    It feels like we've seen Lauren cry more times than she's laughed on TOWIE (that will be the ex-boyfriend's fault of course), but here she is doing what she does best - looking pretty in a beautician's.

  • Jessica Wright and Maria Fowler

    Mark's sister Jessica and bubbly Maria know how to party (when the cameras are around).

  • Chloe Sims

    Plastic fantastic, Chloe's not ashamed to admit all the work she has had done to look <em>so</em> good. Her latest mission involves <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2011/10/25/towie-star-chloe-sims-bum-implants_n_1029986.html" target="_hplink">getting bum implants to improve her "flat screen" derrière. </a>