My Mad Fat Diary

After the highly successful 1st series, My Mad fat Diary returns for a 2nd series in a joint production with Tiger Aspect

Set in the mid-90s at the height of cool Britannia, My Mad Fat Diary is an adaptation of Rae Earl’s real-life diaries. It takes a hilarious and honest look at teenage life from the perspective of Rae a funny, music-mad 16-year-old who, despite an eccentric mother, a negative body image and mental health issues, has a huge lust for life, love and trying to get laid.

Series 1 aired on E4 January 2013 to critical acclaim and was heralded for its honest, sometimes painful, portrayal of adolescence. The show has also won praise for shedding light on teenage mental health and body image issues. Its mix of refreshingly relatable characters, writing that brilliantly captures the painful and painfully funny aspects of being a teen, perfectly-pitched performances and nostalgia-inducing 90s soundtrack had viewers smitten.

Series 2 picks up as Rae attempts to survive the social minefield that is Sixth Form College, whilst trying to sleep with the boy of her dreams and also stay sane.

My Mad Fat Diary stars Sharon Rooney as Rae, and co-stars Claire Rushbrook, Ian Hart, Nico Mirallegro, Jodie Comer, Dan Cohen, Jordan Murphy, Ciara Baxendale and Turlough Convoy.

Tom Bidwell is the lead writer and executive producer. Directors: Anthony Philipson, Luke Snellin, Vanessa Caswill and Alex Winckler. Producers: Marianne Buckland, Elinor Day and Jacquie Glanville.

Roanna Benn and Jude Liknaitzky are the executive producers for series 2, alongside Will Gould from Tiger Aspect.

“It’s lovely – honest and painful, real and very funny…Rooney’s performance in the lead is natural, effortless and utterly believable; she should win something for it.”

Sam Wollaston – The Guardian

“I wish My Mad Fat Diary had existed when I was in teenage hell…it depicts what Hollyoaks does not. That ‘different’ is hard, but ultimately best.”

Sarah Millican – Radio Times