Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy's story leaking scandal has understandably been likened to a storyline from Noughties' TV hit Footballers' Wives.
Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy’s story leaking scandal has understandably been likened to a storyline from Noughties’ TV hit Footballers’ Wives.
So fans of the show will undoubtedly be delighted to hear that one of the show’s writers and producers, Liz Lake appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme to discuss the spat during which, she joked about a reboot.
As well as Liz’s discussion, stars of the show Laila Rouass, 48, and Sarah Barrand, 33, who played Amber Gates and Shannon Donnelly-Lawson respectively, shared dramatic throwback clips making reference to the row.
Shocker: Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy’s story leaking scandal has understandably been likened to a storyline from Noughties’ TV hit Footballers’ Wives (pictured together in 2017)
Much to the devastation of devoted fans, Footballers’ Wives came off-air after five seasons in 2006, following its 2002 launch, with the programme reaching icon status due to baby-swapping, murder and cheating storylines.
And despite being shelved a whopping 13 years ago, on Wednesday the show was hurtled back into prominence when Coleen and Rebekah’s spat led to fans comparing some of the wild storylines to the real life row.
On Wednesday, Coleen, 33, released an incredible social media statement aimed at Rebekah, 37, revealing how she set up an elaborate sting on Instagram to ‘catch’ her leaking fake stories – in a move that sparked mass scandal.
In one of many discussions in the national news, Liz chatted on the Today show alongside Real Housewives Of Cheshire star Magali Gorré, who is married to Surinamese former footballer Dean Gorré and claims to know Coleen.
Wow! Stars of the show Laila Rouass, 48, and Sarah Barrand, 33, (left-right) who played Amber Gates and Shannon Donnelly-Lawson respectively, shared dramatic throwback clips making reference to the row
Exciting! Fans of the show will undoubtedly be delighted to hear that one of the show’s writers and producers Liz Lake appeared on BBC Radio 4 to discuss the spat during which, she joked about a reboot (Helen Latham, Zoe Lucker, Laila and Shannon, pictured)
Host Nick Robinson opened up the chat with: ‘It’s one of those examples where truth is stranger than fiction I bet you wish you’d dreamt up this as we speak’.
Much to the joy of fans, Liz said: ‘I’m typing as we speak! Wouldn’t [another series] be nice? Coleen. We used to get accused of being hyperbole you know!
‘I can tell you there were times we were writing stories where honest to God there’d be news stories on the radio where I’d have to stop what I was doing because the writing happened prior to shooting and by the time it went out it would look like we had stolen the story on the radio’.
Alarming: On Wednesday, Coleen, 33, released an incredible social media statement aimed at Rebekah, revealing how she set up an elaborate sting on Instagram to ‘catch’ her leaking fake stories – in a move that sparked mass scandal
She said: ‘I remember one time I had to call a producer saying “What do I do? Do I write this because it will be old news by this time?’
Shedding light on the show and it’s empowering ways, she went on: ‘I’ll make no mistake it was subversively feminist…
‘It was a fabulously fertile ground where we could explore this zeitgeist moment when celeb magazine culture was growing beyond the vanity pieces for actors singers and royals. It was’t just OK! Magazine anymore smoothing feathers…
‘It was Heat Magazine being b****y. Big Brother was still a phenomenon, the internet was finding its feet and among this was a world of vast footballers salaries and youngbuck athletes…
Fuming: Rebekah (pictured in September) has said other people have access to her account as she appeared to be pointing the finger at her inner circle
‘Then there were their girlfriends and wives who could buy new faces and bodies to become these alpha females against these alpha males. that’s a massively complex thing to want to examine but basically a load of thinking feminists’.
In a fantastic twist, Nick then demanded that she ‘get back to writing’.
With social media awash with memes and videos, Laila and Sarah delighted fans by getting in on the action by sharing clips from the show.
Laila shared a memorable scene in which Zoe Lucker’s character Tanya Turner was surveying video footage to catch out her love rival Amber after the Bollywood actress faked her own kidnap in a bid to win the heart of her husband Conrad Gates.
Shock: Moreover, Wayne and Rebekah’s footballer husband Jamie are also close friends and were pictured hugging one another at the same England vs Wales match – but it was previously claimed that Wayne had warned Jamie about his wife
Above the video, read: ‘Coleen managing her Instagram account’.
Sarah meanwhile posted a clip as her character Shannon was locked in a cat fight with Amber, as they brawled in the Earls Park players’ lounge.
She added a caption on the video reading: ‘I hear there is a Wag War!! Sounds like a storyline from our Footballers Wives days! @lailarouass @coleen_rooney’.
Sarah’s involvement is particularly poignant as she was tipped as a parody to Coleen, neé McLoughlin, when she joined the show as the fresh-faced teen sweetheart of Liverpudlian team newbie Harley Lawson, played by Jamie Davis.
Shock: Sarah’s involvement is particularly poignant as she was tipped as a parody to Coleen, neé McLoughlin (the Wikipedia entry detailing the likeness)
Footballers’ Wives: The most ludicrous show EVER?
Season One, 2002: A sexual predator nurse, coma-inducing attack, burnt breasts and a LOT of romps
Here come the girls: The original stars of the show included Zoe alongside Katharine Monaghan, playing Donna Walmsley, Gillian Taylforth, as Jackie Pascoe, and Susie Amy, playing Chardonnay Lane Pascoe (left-right)
Frank’s attack: After Jason Turner (Cristian Solimeno) is lied to about a new recruit on the team, he and wife Tanya attack Earls Park’s chairman Frank Laslett (John Forgeham). After passing off the attack as a car accident, they frequently visit him in court, where Tanya discovers manic nurse Jeanette Dunkley (John Forgeham) has been raping the boss, who wakes up and discovers Tanya and Jason’s deceit.
Chardonnay’s inferno: While celebrating her hen do before marrying Kyle Pascoe (Gary Lucy), glamour model Chardonnay Lane (Susie Amy) is approached by a group of drunken admirers wielding a candle stick. While attempting to light a cigarette, one of the gentlemen accidentally sets fire to the festive lei garland Chardonnay is sporting. Her chest is left severely burnt, leading to a breakdown for the model.
Season Two, 2003: A hermaphrodite baby with a half-brother for a father, a fake rape allegation and a Champagne cliffhanger
Fury: Jason fathered a hermaphrodite son Paddy with his best friend Kyle’s mum Jackie, behind his wife Tanya’s back
Jackie and Jason’s baby: While breaking what was described as: ‘Rule one in the s***gers handbook’, Jason was indulging in one of his endless affairs – with his best friend Kyle’s mum Jackie. When Jackie discovers she’s pregnant, a mix-up meant Chardonnay believed it was she who was expecting. After much confusion, the family make the bold decision for the couple do adopt Jackie’s baby – although know one yet knows Jason is the father. Once it is announced, the family discover baby Paddy is a hermaphrodite – much to Jason’s disgust.
The Frank, Jason, Tanya Saga continues: In a bid to get away with their crime in the previous season, Tanya accuses Frank of raping her, however they are soon forced to settle outside court, much to the chairman’s chagrin.
Jason’s shock death: As the series concludes and Jason makes more and more enemies, he and Tanya decide to renew their wedding vows however she breaks up the ceremony by screaming at her husband. He then drunkenly heads to the roof where the menace suffers a slip, only for one of his many enemies to push him off using a Champagne bottle.
Season Three, 2004: Death by anorexia, the introduction of the Gates clan and Frank’s being killed ‘by s**ging’
Ahem: In a bid to get rid of her beau Frank, after marrying in episode one, Tanya begins feeding the ageing a lethal combination of Viagra, alcohol and cocaine
Chardonnay’s death: The show opens with Chardonnay’s funeral after she died having fallen victim to anorexia however it is later revealed that she was Jason’s killer and was also riddled with guilt.
Frank’s murder: In a bid to get rid of her beau Frank, after marrying in episode one, Tanya begins feeding the ageing a lethal combination of Viagra, alcohol and cocaine before getting involved in energetic romping session – one of which eventually ends with his death – however he has the last laugh by piercing holes in their condoms and getting pregnant.
Season Four, 2005: Baby swapping, a rapist’s kidnap and an Internet lover’s suicide pact ambitions
Oh dear: The baby swapping storyline was panned by critics
Baby swapping: Tanya swapped her own baby son, Troy with Amber’s son Pundarik when they were expecting at the same time – supposedly with Conrad Gates’ baby, yet after Frank’s dying revenge of impregnating, Tanya must push to make people believe Conrad is the father.
Darius gets his comeuppance: When the Earls Court gents go on holiday, it transpires one of the team raped one of the shot girls they partied with. Darius is unveiled as the rapist, so his victim Katie goes undercover as a nanny for Tanya before she kidnaps Darius on a boat to get her revenge.
Lucy’s botched escape attempts: When newbie Lucy Milligan attempts to get away from her controlling husband Bruno, she falls into the arms of a murderous doctor she met online. He tries to kill her in a suicide pact following his own wife’s death. When Conrad and Bruno try and save Lucy, Bruno accidentally shoots Conrad in a horror scene.
Season Five, 2006: A VERY super star cast addition, a model’s destroyed good looks and a cannibalism scandal
A superstar in their midst: Joining the cast was Joan Collins, who played Eva de Wolffe, the girlfriend of Earls Court’s latest bright star Paulo Bardos
Joan Collins arrives: Joining the cast was Joan Collins, who played Eva de Wolffe, the girlfriend of Earls Court’s latest bright star Paulo Bardosa. Tanya begins an affair with the hunk, shortly before she realises his bizarre relationship with Eva – as it transpires rather than be his lover, she is more an owner after rescuing him from a Brazilian orphanage.
Shattering news: Newbie footballer Tremaine Gidigbi and his stunning girlfriend Liberty Baker caused ructions when they entered the scene however their romance was shaken to its core when she starred in an advert in Japan which depicted her as a cannibal. After the controversy of the commercial, she is glassed in a nightclub – putting her modelling career in jeopardy