The producers of Made in Chelsea call this a 'structured reality television show' in that most of the programme is shot to a storyboard.
That means that those appearing are not reciting lines from a written script, but what you see is not a true fly-on-the-wall documentary either but somewhere between the two..
However, Made in Chelsea does cast a light on a group of people to effectively follow the ups and downs of their hectic lives.
The portrayals of those taking part aren't really accurate since they are playing 'structured' versions of themselves for the cameras as they go about their work and lives in the affluent Chelsea, London.
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The precursor for creating a structured reality TV programme is the popular 'The Only Way is Essex' broadcast on ITV2 and which Made in Chelsea copies in many ways.
While these shows redefine reality TV, they are also entertainment, which Made in Chelsea manages to provide.
The cameras follow several of the 'actors' through their work and love lives and even abroad on exotic trips to Paris, Dubai and Finland.
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However, just about everyone featured in the programme is either extremely wealthy through inheritance or is paid a large allowance by their parents.
There have been several series now with just a few central characters still appearing from the original – with Spencer Matthews perhaps the best-known.
New characters come and go to breathe life into the format, while several one-off specials have aired as well, including a reunion catch-up with the lives of those have left the show.
Channel 4 Website
The series also has a Channel 4-run website and dedicated YouTube channels showing highlights and episodes with trailers and interviews with the participants.