I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s Thirteen ending last Monday and me missing Jodie Comer or because it features one of my all time favourite TV couples, but somehow I just feel the need to talk about My Mad Fat Diary!
First off, I used to love this show. It started in 2013 and had its final season last summer. On the one hand, I was sad that there weren’t more episodes, but on the other hand, I think the story might have been ruined if it had gone on for too long. The show is based on My Fat, Mad Teenage Diary written by Rae Earl, who is also the protagonist. But let’s see what it’s about:
Set in the mid-90s, My Mad Fat Diary follows the story of 16-year-old, 105 kg girl, Rae Earl, who just left a psychiatric hospital. She soon begins to reconnect with her former best friend, Chloe, who is unaware of what Rae went through. She neither knows about Rae’s mental health or her body image issues, instead Rae tells her she has spent the past couple of months in France. She keeps her secret bottled up while trying to make new friends and falling in love for the first time.
Cast: Sharon Rooney, Claire Rushbrook, Ian Hart, Nico Mirallegro, Jodie Comer, Dan Cohen, Jordan Murphy, Ciara Baxendale
Episode Order: 3 Seasons, 16 episodes in total
Running Time: 45 minutes
I was undetermined whether I would like it or not in the beginning. The accents are quite heavy and that can be so distracting sometimes, also, Rae is absolutely sex-crazy – which is both, hilarious and weird. However, the show completely won me over by treating serious topics with the kind of humour and wit that doesn’t ridicule the subject, but gets the point across to a broad audience. It treats mental illness with respect and that just makes you feel with the characters all the more.
Rae as a protagonist is just so authentic and so are her friends. Not all of them are supermodels, but all of them do have their very own quirks and flaws. In the end it is about friendship, family, facing problems head on and more importantly, about self-acceptance.
I for one laughed and cried and had butterflies in my stomach while watching this show. If you haven’t ever seen it before, I don’t want to tell you who Rae truly belongs with, that would ruin part of the journey. Just thinking about that person makes me swoon already though. However, I do urge you to check it out and give it a try for at least a couple of episodes!
So, this was a little throwback more for me than for you and I am off to watch some ship-related YouTube videos now. Tell me if you’ve ever heard of the show and if you’ve watched it in the comments!