My Mad Fat Diary

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My Mad Fat Diary
My Mad Fat Diary title.jpg
GenreComedy-drama
Written byTom Bidwell
Directed by
Starring
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes13 (List of episodes)
Production
Running timeapprox. 45 minutes
Production company(s)Tiger Aspect Productions
DistributorEndemol UK
Broadcast
Original channelE4
Original runJanuary 14, 2013 (2013-01-14) – present
External links
Website
 
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My Mad Fat Diary
My Mad Fat Diary title.jpg
GenreComedy-drama
Written byTom Bidwell
Directed by
Starring
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes13 (List of episodes)
Production
Running timeapprox. 45 minutes
Production company(s)Tiger Aspect Productions
DistributorEndemol UK
Broadcast
Original channelE4
Original runJanuary 14, 2013 (2013-01-14) – present
External links
Website

My Mad Fat Diary is a BAFTA-nominated British comedy-drama television series that debuted on E4 on 14 January 2013. It is based on My Fat, Mad Teenage Diary written by Rae Earl.[1]

The second series started on 17 February 2014 and ended on 31 March 2014, with each episode being posted on 4oD a week prior to the television release.

Plot[edit]

Set in Stamford, Lincolnshire in 1996, My Mad Fat Diary follows the story of 16-year-old, 16 stone girl, Rae Earl, who has just left a psychiatric hospital, where she has spent four months.[2] She begins to reconnect with her best friend, Chloe, who is unaware of Rae's mental health and body image problems, believing she was in France for the past four months. Rae attempts to keep this information from her while also trying to impress Chloe's friends Izzy, Archie, Chop and Finn.[3]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Season 1 of My Mad Fat Diary received universal acclaim. The Guardian's Sam Wollaston called it a "lovely drama – honest and painful, real, and very funny," going on to say "Sharon Rooney's performance in the lead is natural, effortless and utterly believable; she should win something for it."[7] The Stage called it "a comedy drama that actually satisfies the criteria of both genres, My Mad Fat Diary offers a unique and uncompromising perspective on adolescent angst that distresses and delights by turns. Visual gimmicks – flashbacks, fantasies and animated squiggles leaping from the page – are used sparingly but effectively, allowing the focus to stay fixed on Rae and Rooney’s commanding and engagingly natural central performance."[8] The Art Desk said "the first episode of this six-part comedy drama is touching, hilarious and perfectly cast." Claire Webb of the Radio Times said the plot is "as uplifting as it is moving, although the banter and gimmicks won't be to everybody's taste."[9] American radio station WBEZ in Chicago, Illinois, called the series "The best television show you aren't watching."[10]

The show also received praise for its honest portrayal of mental health. Brian Semple of The Independent calls the show "surprisingly honest, funny and even moving account of what it’s like for a teenage girl to live with serious mental health problems, free of many of the clichés that often inform how mental illness is portrayed on TV," going on to say that Rae "has a mental illness, but it doesn’t define her. It’s just something that she has to deal with and try to manage on a daily basis, just like the one in ten young people in the UK who have a mental illness." Semple refers to My Mad Fat Diary as a "breath of fresh air and will do a lot to change the way young people think about mental health.".[11]

In a more mixed review, Barry Hewitt of The Independent criticised E4 for relating the programme to its other teen shows: "If such comparisons are unfair, blame it on E4, whose continuity announcer declared: 'If you like Skins, The Inbetweeners and Misfits, you'll like this.' Well, sorry, I do like those three shows, but, even with a great soundtrack (if only the Mack really would return …) and the odd nice line, My Mad Fat Diary is a long way from the equal of that trio in invention, edge or humour."[12]

My Mad Fat Diary star Sharon Rooney was chosen as one of the first group of BAFTA "Breakthrough Brits" in 2013.[13]

Season 2 was also positively received.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Davies, Sophie (21 January 2013). "Rae Earl on My Mad Fat Diary". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  2. ^ Epstein, Robert (20 January 2013). "TV Review: My Mad Fat Diary". The Independent (London). Retrieved 2013-01-22. 
  3. ^ "My Mad Fat Diary - Series 1 - Episode 1". Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  4. ^ "Channel 4: My Mad Fat Diary - Explore Rae's Bedroom". Channel 4. Channel 4. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "My Mad Fat Diary Cast". Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  6. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2407574/
  7. ^ The Guardian
  8. ^ The Stage
  9. ^ The Art Desk
  10. ^ WBEZ
  11. ^ Semple, Brian (14 January 2013). "My Mad Fat Diary is a breath of fresh air for mental illness on TV". The Independent (London). 
  12. ^ Epstein, Robert (2013-01-20). "TV review: My Mad Fat Diary - Whoever said that fat was funny?". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  13. ^ "Bafta unveils list of 'Breakthrough Brits'". BBC News. 25 September 2013. 

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