Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Meet the Cowdashians

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Meet the Cowdashians

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Byline: Barbara Hodgson Reporter

FOR those fed up with churned-out reality shows comes one that promises to milk the very best from its cast of screen stars-in-the-making.

New show Keeping Up with the Cowdashians made its debut on Monday and unveiled a new breed of talent - quite literally.

A herd of cows is hothoofing it into the spotlight in an online reality show with a difference: the brainchild of Sam Wass from Low Fell in Gateshead, who reckons a bevvy of bovine beauties can give the likes of Geordie Shore and Big Brother a run for their money.

And the 38-year-old director of family butcher firm Great British Meat Company, who is also executive producer of its spin-off GBMC-TV website, wants their moo-ving tales of rural life in Northumberland to promote locally-sourced produce at the same time.

His hefty heroines, named in honour of the family in US reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians, are Kourtney, Kylie, Kim, Khloe and Kendall who were all reared on Wallsteads Farm in Northumberland.

And from there they took the opportunity to beef up their roles when the first episode, Ooo-arr the Cowdashians, aired at 9am on the GBMC website with its focus on "big-bottomed girls with egos to match".

Sam said: "From Geordie Shore to Big Brother, people love reality TV drama.

"Whether it's Paul Burrell fingering insects in the jungle or George Galloway dressed in a leotard pretending to be a cat, reality TV has given us some of the most memorable TV moments in recent years."

He added: "Well, you'll get none of that with Cowdashians - but it might give viewers a wee chuckle."

He teamed up with Alastair Patterson, who has 40 years' farming experience and cares for the Cowdashian sisters, who said: "This is the first time any animal of mine has featured in its own show but they've picked five corkers to focus on."

And the sassy herd-strong ladies clearly loved their first taste of the limelight with plenty on-screen mooves and a bit of camera-kissing. …

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