Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy have served up arguably the story of the year with their online beef – something that you’d be forgiven for mistaking as a plot from Footballers’ Wives .
The pair went to war on Twitter when Coleen alleged that Rebekah’s Instagram account was behind fake stories about her appearing in the press , having conducted her own investigation into the matter.
While Rebekah has vehemently denied she was responsible, people have been absolutely living for the #dramz , with many making jokes on Twitter about its likeness to a Footballers’ Wives storyline. This Coleen Rooney/Rebekah Vardy malarkey is pulled straight out of Footballers Wives! Further proof we need it to be brought back! Tanya Turner and Amber did all this back in 2005! pic.twitter.com/x77zmlnXBu — Shirley Carter’s Pussy (@ShirleyPussy) October 9, 2019 If Coleen Rooney v Rebekah Vardy doesn’t wake ITV up to the much needed Footballers Wives reboot then NOTHING WILL pic.twitter.com/8xRWdOnuJX — Paul Stanworth (@paulstanworth) October 9, 2019 As a result, it has left many fans of the outrageous 00s drama feeling nostalgic for the antics of Tanya Turner and co – not least us here at HuffPost UK.
With that in mind, here’s a look back at some of the ITV show’s wildest plots, ranked in order of just how shocking (and ridiculous) they were… 20. Harley and Shannon’s wedding goes awry
Harley and Shannon’s wedding was a lavish, star-studded affair, with a Hello! Magazine deal to boot.
But their big day took an unexpected turn, when after a hot air balloon ride, they somehow ended up in a lion enclosure, waking up the morning after looking into the jaws of a hungry 400-pound lion. 19. Jason gets Jackie pregnant
Jason wasn’t exactly famed for keeping it in his trousers, but he hit a new low when he bedded Jackie – the mother of his best friend and teammate Kyle (who also just happened to be EastEnders’ Kathy Beale).
Jackie ended up getting pregnant, but not wanting the affair to come out, and with Chardonnay and Kyle experiencing trouble having their own children, the pair adopted the baby to pass off as their own.
It wasn’t long before Jason uncovered the truth about Paddy’s real parentage and he fought to be a father to his son, even kidnapping him from the Pascoes’ home.
However, he later cut all ties from the baby when doctors discovered he had been born intersex. 18. Tanya and Jason stage Frank’s accident
In the very first episode, Jason and Tanya discovered Earl’s Park boss Frank was planning to replace him as captain with a new star signing.
Tanya attacked Frank in a fit of rage, causing him to fall and hit his head on the side of a car.
After finding out what his wife had done, Jason helped her push Frank’s car off the side of the road, making it look like a drunken accident. 17. Every story Liberty was involved in
Liberty was a late entrant into the Footballers’ Wives universe when she joined the show in the final series, but her character was memorable nonetheless.
After being exposed by the press for having an affair with her female PA behind her husband Tremaine’s back, the couple ended up going on Richard & Judy in the hope of mending their marriage problems.
But things got even worse for Liberty when she starred in a TV advert, which made it look as if she was a cannibal.
Oh, and then her nose started eroding thanks to her uncontrollable cocaine addiction. 16. Chardonnay’s boobs catch fire during her hen do
Chardonnay was gearing up for the showbiz wedding of the century as she celebrated her hen do back in series one.
But her wedding to sweetheart Kyle was nearly called off after her boobs caught fire during a freak accident at her hen do. 15. Tanya’s return
Tanya took a break from the show after she was driven out of the country by Amber, after the truth about her lies was uncovered.
However, with Amber later out of the way, Tanya returned during the fifth series in unmistakable fashion.
Seen checking in at an airport carrying an urn, it was revealed she’d married a man during his time in Brazil, only for him to now be dead.
Leaving the urn behind on the check-in desk, she added: “Tell you what, darling. You keep it. I won’t be needing that where I’m heading.”
Iconic. 14. Katie Price makes a cameo
With Katie Price being the biggest celebrity in the UK at the time the show was on air, it was only right that she popped up in the glamorous world of Footballers’ Wives.
Pricey was a guest at Shannon and Harley’s wedding, and even had a speaking role – although sadly, evidence of her Bafta-worthy performance does not appear to have made it as far as YouTube. 13. Bruno accidentally kills Conrad
After two seasons of drama, Conrad met a grisly end when Bruno accidentally shot him.
Bruno’s wife Lucy had planned to escape her abusive husband with a man she’d met off the internet, Dr Giles. But he later tried to kill Lucy and her daughter Angelica, believing he was re-creating the accident that killed his real fiancée the previous year.
With an armed Bruno in hot pursuit, he ended up shooting Conrad mistaking him for Giles, killing him instantly. 12. Tanya outs Noah with rent boy sex tape
With Tanya having finally won Conrad from Amber, she was furious when she discovered he had been playing away with closeted gay teammate, Noah.
After Conrad called off their affair, Tanya set Noah up with a rent boy and live-streamed the whole encounter at a party – therefore outing him – to ensure he never went near Conrad again. 11. Tanya crosses over into Bad Girls
After Amber planted drugs on Tanya and called the police, Tanya was sentenced to five years in jail, finding herself banged up in Larkhall – the prison in sister ITV drama Bad Girls.
Tanya’s stint behind bars was just as dramatic as her life on the outside, as no sooner than she arrived than she was was the prime suspect in the mass poisoning that resulted in death of an inmate.
After clearing her name, Tanya cut a deal with the Wing Governor to frame a troublesome inmate for planting the drugs on her, getting her off the hook and out of jail. 10. The return of Jeanette Dunkley
While carrying out a community service sentence at an old people’s home, Tanya was horrified by the reappearance of Nurse Dunkley, who was the only person who knew the truth about Frank’s “accident”.
Jeanette blackmailed money out of Tanya, before it was revealed she was actually working for the club boss, who was looking to prove Tanya had nearly killed him.
Jeanette wore a wire to a meeting with Tanya, who soon realised what the naughty nurse was up to. She soon changed to conversation to how Jeanette had had sex with an unconscious Frank while he was in a coma, as the Earls Park honcho listened in horrified.
The two women then united, with Tanya protecting Jeanette from Frank by disguising her as a resident of the old people’s home she worked at. 9. Chadonnay kills Jason with a champagne bottle
By the end of the second series, Jason didn’t have a single ally left, with everyone having a reason to want him dead.
At his and Tanya’s vow renewal, she discovered he had cheated on her once again, calling off the wedding the middle of the ceremony.
As he headed up to the roof to drown his sorrows, a drunken Jason fell and was left clinging to a ledge by his fingertips. But someone was determined to ensure the job was done and hit his hand with a champagne bottle (camp), sending him falling to his death.
When the show returned for its third series, it was revealed Chardonnay was the mystery assailant – but she had not been able to cope with her guilt and had developed an eating disorder, subsequently dying off screen. 8. Amber gaslights Bruno as revenge for Conrad’s death
With Bruno responsible for Conrad’s death, a grieving Amber was out for revenge during the fourth series – but she wasn’t about to let him know that.
After getting close to him, she moved in with him so that she could gaslight him into believing he was losing his mind.
With the plot not going quite to plan, she then tried to poison him before attempting to shoot him in a dramatic showdown.
But in scenes that echoed Conrad’s death, she ended up shooting the wrong person, blinding Roger when she accidentally pulled the trigger on him.Amber was then sectioned and taken away, never to be seen again. 7. Garry guides a blind Roger down a lift shaft to his death After new Earls Park boss Garry tried to rape Jackie, a blind Roger had a confrontation with him, threatening to expose his recent mistreatment of a player.Realising it was time for drastic action, Garry guided Roger over to an out-of-order lift, sending the former club boss plummeting to his death.This storyline later took centre stage in the final moments of the series, as after Tanya discovered Garry was responsible for Roger’s demise, she had tried to bribe him.Arriving at a meeting to exchange the money, Garry had prepared two lines of cocaine for them – only for it to be revealed he had laced Tanya’s with rat poison.Tanya’s fate was then left unclear as the credits rolled for the final time on the show. 6. Frank’s revenge from beyond the grave Frank might have been dead and buried, but he managed to get one over on his wife Tanya from beyond the grave.In his final act of revenge, a pregnant Tanya received a tape with a video message from Frank, in which revealed he had been putting holes in the condoms they had been using during their ‘arrangement’.Believing the child she was carrying was that of lover Conrad, Tanya was aghast when she ran water through the leaky condoms, realising there was a chance she’d be having Frank’s baby. 5. Nurse Dunkley has sex with a comatose Frank With Tanya and Jason worried that Frank would wake up from his coma and remember they were the reason why he was in it, they were thrown a lifeline when Tanya caught unhinged nurse Jeanette Dunkley having sex with a comatose Frank.Tanya agreed to keep silent but used Janette to try and persuade Frank’s ex-wife and son to turn off his life support machine.But just as everyone had gathered to say goodbye, Frank woke from his coma. 4. Tanya shags Frank to death If there’s only one thing every Footballers’ Wives remembers, its Tanya bumping off husband Frank by shagging him to death.The pair had married […]