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-> ''Not all that glitters is gold...''

Tinsel a production of MNET-DSTV. It started with its Season 1 in 2008. The show is centred on Fred Ade Williams, a major player in the glamorous world of the Nigerian film industry. Shot in Lagos and shown across Africa, Tinsel premiers solely on M-Net West Channel 102 at 8:30 pm on the Dstv platform.
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!Tropes shown on ''Tinsel''
* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler:Sunom Idibia.]]
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: Kwame makes this clear to Telema in Season 4 when he [[TheChessmaster orchestrates things]] so that her on-again/off-again boyfriend's prison sentence depends on Kwame's testimony.
* AntagonisticOffspring: Brenda Nana Mensah.
* AnyoneCanDie: A lot of the headliners have bitten the bullet unexpectedly: [[spoiler:Monica and Reginald.]]
** [[spoiler: Ziggy.]]
* ArtisticLicenseBiology:
** Amaka Okoh is pregnant for at least [[LongestPregnancyEver 12 months]].
** In Season 4, Fred's TraumaInducedAmnesia falls under this as well.
* BigSisterInstinct: Tare to Telema Duke.
* BilingualDialogue: Although there is a generous use of subtitles...
* CainAndAbel: Amaka and Phillip are this.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Brenda Mensah finally does this to Fred Ade-Williams in Season 3.
* CartwrightCurse: Amaka Okoh. She even gets [[LampshadeHanging called out]] on it by her [[ObnoxiousInLaws mother-in-law]].
* ClearMyName: Angela Dede in Season 3, after being wrongfully accused of [[spoiler:murdering Reginald Okoh.]]
* ContinuityNod: Phillip catching Amaka's hand mid-slap and telling her that he's been [[ButtMonkey slapped so many times]], he's learnt to anticpate them. Also doubles as a ShoutOut to fans.
* CrappyHolidays: Amaka and Angela are always guaranteed one: either by spending [[NewYearHasCome the New Year]] in jail, or as hostages to a lunatic.
* {{Crossover}}: Crossed over with ''Jacob's Cross'' during the brief engagement between Phillip and Chi-Chi Nwachukwu-Abayomi.
* DawsonCasting: 17-year old Emil, played by an actor in his late 20s (who looks it), and the actors that play teenagers Shalewa and Tokunbo.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:Reginald Okoh]] in Season 3. [[spoiler:Monica Ade-Williams]] in Season 2.
* FetusTerrible: Amaka goes back on forth on whether her unborn baby is this.
** Now EnfantTerrible. She still hasn't made up her mind.
** [[JerkassHasAPoint Lampshaded by ''Masters'']] in Season 5.
* IdiotBall: A lot of Sheila’s and Ziggy’s conversations towards the end of Season 3 [[spoiler:when they are discussing Reginald’s murderer]] definitely fits this.
* ImNotHungry: Amaka and Angela [[spoiler:when held hostage by Sunom.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: Kwame calls Angela a thief and actually threatens to call the police on her for breaking into his office and stealing her medical files - the same medical files that he's been blackmailing her with and that he stole from her doctor's office in the first place! It's only when Angela tells him point-blank that he would need to explain how he had them at all, that he backs down.
** He also genuinely believes that he can make Telema happy and is willing to blackmail her into marriage to do so. The fact that the last time he tried to make her happy resulted in her being raped and ostracized seems to have completely gone over his head...
* JailBait: Seventeen year old Emil is this to Angela Dede when they first meet.
* JerkassHasAPoint: A lot of the stuff Masters says in Season 5 to Angela. He might be evil but when he tells her that she keeps letting herself be used by people who don't give a damn about her, fandom stood up and cheered.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* LongLostRelative: Shalewa is this to Titi K and Dan Ade-Williams. She doesn't know this when she arrives in Tinsel-town, leading first to [[LukeIAmYourFather Luke I Am Your Mother]] with Titi K and then WhosYourDaddy between Dan and Fidelis, which is finally resolved by a DaddyDNATest.
* LoveTriangle: Soji/Telema/Kwame. Sunom/Amaka/Reginald.
** Dan/Titi K/Fidelis is an older generational one.
* MamaDidntRaiseNoCriminal: Mrs. Etuk point-blank refuses to believe the truth about her son, Daniel Etuk [[spoiler:a.k.a. Sunom Idibia.]]
* MrFanservice: Supposed to have been Gideon Okeke who played Phiilip, but after Kwame Mensahs's [[ShirtlessScene shirtless scene]], the showrunners have proven they have a hand on fandom's pulse.
* {{Nepotism}}: No matter how talented Phillip is, it doesn’t hurt that his father owns Reel Studios.
* TheOtherDarrin: Midway through Season 2, Uzo Egereonu left the show and Funmi Holder took over the role of Amaka Okoh.
** Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi replaced Juliet Asante as Brenda Mensah.
** Season 5 sees Leonora Okine temporarily replace Mathilda Obaseki as Angela Dede.
* OverprotectiveDad: Dan is this to Shalewa.
* ParentWithNewParamour: In Season 3, Fred starts going out with Sheila, the Mirage Spa owner. Phillip doesn’t take this well.
* PoliceAreUseless: Averted. Sort of. For a member of the NPF, Detective Sanke is surprisingly competent when she is not wrongfully arresting the wrong person.
* PregnantHostage: Averted in Season 3. Amaka is pregnant when she's held hostage by the baby's father but it's unknown to both of them and not a factor in the crime.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: Happens to Ireti Doyle (Sheila Davenport-Ade Williams) in Season 4.
* PutOnTheBus: Chuks in Season 4 due to the actor's medical issues. He [[TheBusCameBack came back]], though.
** Tega, as well, apparently. On a bus to Mauritius! With Alex, too.
** In Season 5, Telema Duke.
* RabidCop: Detective Sanke. What is she smoking?
* RealLifeWritesThePlot
** HideYourPregnancy: Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi as Brenda. Mathilda Obaseki as Angela Dede.
** TheOtherDarrin: See above.
** OutOfFocus: It's a big ensemble show so it's bound to happen to every character now and then but it's particularly jarring for Amaka Okoh in Season 5.
** WrittenInAbsence: Brenda's alcholism in Season 4 eventually ended up with her in rehab... and gave Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi enough time to have her baby and get back.
*** Telema Duke's actress, Damilola Adegbite, quit at the end of Season 4 and so Telema has been in the UK shooting a film for half a year now. Some fans argue that her absence has been more influential to the other characters and storylines than her physical presence ever did.
* RomanceOnTheSet: [[BetaCouple Chuks and Ene]] get married in Season 4, and mid-way through the airing of Season 5, the actors Florence Uwaleke and Iyke Okechukwu get married for real.
* TheRival: Bimpe to Telema. Kwame to Soji.
* TokenWhite: Alex.
* WhamEpisode: Season 4 finale wherein [[spoiler: Masters returns and Ziggy and Bartholomew die]].
* WhereDidWeGoWrong: Fred to his son, Phillip in just about every season.
** Also Fred to Brenda in Season 4 when the former suffered from amnesia.