Fat Friends

Fat Friends

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Fat Friends

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Fat Friends is an ITV drama (made by Tiger Aspect and Yorkshire Television), following a group of overweight people, their laughter and pain and addresses the absurdities of dieting in our modern age. The drama looks at people and how they relate to one another and use body weight as an excuse for all sorts of failings in their relationships, or not living their lives to the full. A later sitcom, Gavin & Stacey used a very similar cast; Ruth Jones, James Corden and Alison Steadman appear as Vanessa 'Nessa' Jenkins, Neil 'Smithy' Smith and Pamela Shipman respectively.


The premise of the programme is set around a slimming club in the Headingley district of Leeds. The club is run by the formidable Carol, 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

  • Lauren Harris - Gaynor Faye (series one to four) - A Jewish actress of average weight. Lauren thinks she is a disappointment to her parents, not being married and struggling to get much acting work. In Series 1, she has been dating a non-Jewish fitness instructor called Gareth but that ends when her younger sister announces her engagement to Ben. In Series 2, she starts dating a vicar named Paul and later marries him, despite her parents' clear disapproval. Her father......
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