The Valleys to get second series on MTV next year

26/11/12

The cast of MTV's The Valleys

MTV series The Valleys has been given a second series and will be back on TV screens in spring 2013.

The reality show, featuring characters from the Welsh valleys living in Cardiff, has been accused of being crude and misrepresenting the region.

MTV defended the show, saying it was about individual characters rather than painting a general picture of the area.

The new series will feature original cast members as well as new characters who are being recruited now.

The action will once again be based in Cardiff as the stars of the show look to further their chosen careers under the guidance of two mentors.

Like Geordie Shore, another MTV reality programme that was criticised when it launched, the cast all share a house.

The first episode saw some of them falling over in a nightclub, kissing each other and getting into the shower naked together.

'Exploitative'

Singer Charlotte Church was one of those who criticised the first series of The Valleys.

It's their individual stories, we never set out to paint a picture of everybody in that area
Kerry Taylor
Director of television at MTV

The 26-year-old called it "exploitative and an horrific representation of the country that I love".

MP for Rhondda Chris Bryant also said it gave an "unfair representation of the area" and helped make the area's social problems worse.

A campaign group, called The Valleys are Here, was also formed to counter what it says are "negative views of The Valleys".

However Kerry Taylor, director of television at MTV, said it wasn't supposed to be a general representation of people from the valleys.

"This is the story of nine people from that area," she said.

"It's their individual stories, we never set out to paint a picture of everybody in that area.

"That's never our intention and that's absolutely not what we are doing."

AK, one of the show's mentors, defended it saying the cast were just "kids having fun".

She added: "I'm 31. At 16, 17, I got my bum out, flashed my boobs, who hasn't?

"If they haven't, they're boring. Life's about being kids, living life and having fun."

Producers are looking for Welsh people aged 18-26, living in the Valleys, to join the series.

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