Rae - real name Rachel - has weight issues and is battling with mental health problems on top of that too. She has just come out of a stay at a psychiatric ward which looks after those with mental health issues. It seems Rae has now found a new group of 'normal' friends on the 'outside'... can she keep things together though?
She describes herself as follows: "16 years old, 16 stone and certified mad (well, for a bit). I have recently become inexplicably surrounded by total hotties but I have all the sexual experience and romantic pull of a slug."
17 year-old Archie is the boy Rae really has a crush on. Part geeky, and with a great personality and good musical taste - Rae would love him to be her boyfriend.
Rae says: "Archie is so hot I literally want to wrap myself around his face like an angry, horny octopus. I don't even care that he likes to recite quotes from dead historical figures, I could watch his mouth move forever. When he plays the guitar I cry ACTUAL sex-tears."
Spoiler: It emerges after a couple of episodes that perhaps Archie isn't interested in Rae... or any other girls for that matter. He's gay, but still in the closet.
Chloe is Rae's longest-serving, technically "best" friend.
Rae says: "She's skinnier, more popular and better looking than me. No human can compete with her boobs. No one."
Cheeky chappy Chop is a total lad and is always up for a good time. He clearly fancies Izzy, but does he know it?
Rae says: "Chop will snort condiments for fun and knows how to organise a seriously sexy party. His softer side might be hard to see but I know it's there, under all the spliff-ends and empty bottles of Hooch."
Izzy is a happy-go-lucky 16 year-old. She isn't the brightest human to have ever lived though. She fancies Chop.
Rae says: "She is probably the happiest person I've ever met. She's never going to win a Nobel Prize or know her nine times table, but she knows how to bring the party. And that's what's important."
Moody 17 year-old Finn is 'fit, but he knows it'.
Rae says: "Just because he owns a leather jacket, Finn thinks he's the Morrissey of Stamford. He walks around with a face like a slapped arse most of the time. Annoyingly, even with his grump-eyes on, he still manages to be a TOTAL Lincolnshire hot-pot and lady-part-tingler on legs."
Danny Two Hats
19 year-old Danny stays on the psychiatric ward that Rae was also in. He has quite a few issues, and always wears two hats - hence his name.
Rae says: "Danny Two Hats is sweet, generous and loves to dispense dating advice. He wears two hats to stop people interfering with his brain waves. Unsurprisingly, a long-term resident of the crazy-ward. Don't let him come to your parties."
Rae lives with her mum, who she sees as the enemy. Rae's mum isn't the best parent in the world, but she really does love her daughter and puts up with a lot.
Rae says: "Mum has all the parenting skills of a multi-pack of Wagon Wheels. No wonder I'm messed up when all she does is yo-yo diet in order to sex-up stray Tunisians. If I tried really hard I could probably think of ONE nice quality but I'm not going to because it's the middle of the night and I can currently hear her humping next door."
Dr Kester Gill
Dr Kester is Rae's new therapist. He is very unconventional and doesn't play by the rules - for example, he smokes in his office and throws pictures out the window.
Rae says: "I never thought I'd say this about someone as old as my mum, but Kester is moderately cool. On the scale of Damon Albarn to the Spice Girls, he's a Thom Yorke. It's encouraging to have a therapist whose life is as fucked up as yours. The kind of guy who would punch a pigeon in the face for shitting on him."
Karim is Rae's Mum's new lover. He is from Tunisia and is in the country illegally. He hardly speaks a word of English, but that doesn't stop him having noisy sex with Rae's Mum which keeps Rae awake at night.
In Series 2, Karim and Rae's Mum are married.
Tix (Series 1 & 3)
15 year-old Tix was the girl that Rae hung out with at the psychiatric ward in Series 1. She had quite strong mental health issues (for example, she never wanted to be touched) and was looking at Rae's rehabilitation as hope that she can one day leave the ward too. Sadly, she died in the end.
Rae says: "The world was horrible to Tix so she hid herself away from it in the local psych-ward. Except now she can't get out."