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Genre  Drama
Composer(s)  Mark Russell
Original language(s)  English
Network  ITV
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Created by  Kay Mellor
Country of origin  United Kingdom
Program creator  Kay Mellor
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Starring  Alison Steadman Gaynor Faye Ruth Jones James Corden Janet Dibley Lynda Baron
Writers  Kay Mellor, Gaynor Faye, Debbie Oates, David Sutherland
Cast  James Corden, Ruth Jones, Alison Steadman, Gaynor Faye, Lisa Riley

Fat Friends is a British drama that aired on ITV from 12 October, 2000 to 24 March, 2005, consisting of 25 episodes over four seasons. Set in Leeds, the series explores the lives of several slimming club members, with a focus on the various ways their weight has impacted them.


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The series was created by Kay Mellor and made by Rollem Productions in association with Tiger Aspect Productions and Yorkshire Television. Four of the cast—Ruth Jones, James Corden, Sheridan Smith and Alison Steadman—went on to appear in the sitcom Gavin & Stacey.

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Fat Friends is set around a slimming club in the Headingley district of Leeds. The club is run by the formidable Carol (Janet Dibley), who fruitlessly tries to persuade the members of the group to follow the 'Super Slimmers' diet. The characters who attend the club are from varied backgrounds and of varied weight. Whilst some plots continue throughout all four series, each episode focuses on one particular character.

Main cast and characters

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  • Alison Steadman as Betty Simpson
  • Gaynor Faye as Lauren Harris
  • Ruth Jones as Kelly Chadwick (née Simpson)
  • Jonathan Ryland as Kevin Chadwick
  • James Corden as Jamie Rymer
  • Janet Dibley as Carol McGary
  • Richard Ridings as Alan Ashburn (series 1 and 2)
  • Kathryn Hunt as Val Lorrimer (series 1 and 2)
  • Lisa Riley as Rebecca Patterson (series 2 through 4)
  • Lynda Baron as Norma Patterson (series 2 through 4)
  • Awards and nominations

  • British Academy Television Award
  • Best Actress for Alison Steadman - Nominated
  • Best Drama Series for Kay Mellor & Greg Brenman & David Reynolds - Nominated
  • Royal Television Society Programme Awards
  • On-Screen Network Newcomer for James Corden - Nominated
  • TV Quick Awards
  • Best New Drama - Won
  • Television and Radio Industries Club Awards
  • TV Drama Programme - Won
  • Home media

    Region 2

    A VHS of the first series was released on 24 June 2002. The first three series of Fat Friends have been released on DVD in the United Kingdom via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

  • Fat Friends: Series One (released 21 March 2005)
  • Fat Friends: Series Two (released 18 April 2005)
  • Fat Friends: Series Three (released 18 April 2005)
  • Fat Friends: The Complete Series 1, 2 & 3 (released 21 March 2005)
  • Region 1

  • Fat Friends: Season One (released 13 February 2007
  • Stage musical adaptation

    A stage musical adaptation of the series directed and written by original creator, Kay Mellor, with music by Nicholas Lloyd Webber will make its world premiere at the Grand Theatre in Leeds from 7 November to 2 December 2017 before embarking on a UK tour, starring Jodie Prenger as Kelly Stevenson.


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