My Mad Fat Diary. Rae Earl (Sharon Rooney). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions
My Mad Fat Diary

My Mad Fat Diary

  • TV comedy drama
  • E4
  • 2013 - 2015
  • 16 episodes (3 series)

Comedy drama set in the mid-1990s looking at teenage life from the eyes of a 16-year-old with weight and mental health issues. Stars Sharon Rooney, Dan Cohen, Jodie Comer, Jordan Murphy, Ciara Baxendale and more.

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Series 1, Episode 1 - Chapter 1: Big Bad World

Rae is discharged from psychiatric hospital after months of treatment. Back in the real world, all she wants is to be a normal teenager...

Further details

My Mad Fat Diary. Image shows from L to R: Rae's Mum (Claire Rushbrook), Rae Earl (Sharon Rooney). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions

It's 1996, and all that sixteen year old, overweight Rae wants is to be a normal teenager. After being hospitalised in a psychiatric unit for four months, she's now back in the real world and desperate to fit in. She's sad about leaving behind her best friend, Tix, who suffers from an eating disorder, but Tix encourages her to be brave.

Rae has continue to have therapy sessions at the hospital - initially unsure whether she can trust her new therapist, Kester, she starts to tell him about her first week back on 'the outside'.

On her way home from the hospital with her mum, Rae bumps into her old friend, Chloe - who she's recently drifted apart from, and who has no idea where Rae's been these few months. Chloe is hanging out with a new gang, which includes three gorgeous boys - Chop, Finn and Archie. Rae instantly finds Archie irresistible.

Back home, Rae is shocked when she discovers her mum has a new boyfriend living with her - an illegal Tunisian immigrant, Karim, who she's hiding from the neighbours.

Keen to escape home, Rae starts to hang out with Chloe and her new friends. Rae is desperate to belong to the new gang, but wants to keep her mental illness a secret. Will she be able to fit in and convince them she's normal? When Chloe throws a pool party, it's a major test of Rae's courage. Will she be brave enough to show off her body, which she hates, especially in front of the boys?

Broadcast details

Monday 14th January 2013
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 15th January 2013 2:20am E4
Thursday 17th January 2013 10:00pm E4
Sunday 20th January 2013 11:20pm E4
Sunday 5th January 2014 2:05am E4
Monday 6th January 2014 1:20am E4

Cast & crew

Sharon Rooney Rae Earl
Dan Cohen Archie
Jodie Comer Chloe
Jordan Murphy Chop
Ciara Baxendale Izzy
Nico Mirallegro Finn
Darren Evans Danny Two Hats
Claire Rushbrook Rae's Mum
Ian Hart Dr Kester Gill
Shazad Latif Dr Nick Kassar
Bamshad Abedi-Amin Karim
Eliot-Otis Brown Walters Big G
Sophie Watson Little Rae
Dan Fitzsimons Ninja
Sophie Wright Tix
Guest cast
Kenneth Collard (as Ken Collard) Churchill
Zara White Shop Attendant
Writing team
Tom Bidwell Writer
Katie Draper Script Editor
Production team
Tim Kirkby Director
Matthew Bouch Producer
Roanna Benn Executive Producer
Greg Brenman Executive Producer
Jude Liknaitzky Executive Producer
Tom Hemmings Editor
Tim Dickel Production Designer
Daniel Pemberton Composer

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