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Fat Friends (ITV 2000-2005, Alison Steadman, Gaynor Faye)



Fat Friends was a popular Kay Mellor drama about the members of a Leeds slimming club. Carol runs the club but the emphasis is on the lives of the people who attend the club. The series, much like The Syndicate, was more anthology series in style with each episode focused on a different slimming club member.

James Corden made a major breakthrough with the series playing Jamie, it’s also the series he met Ruth Jones on (his Gavin and Stacey co-writer) as well as working with Alison Steadman who would also appear in Gavin and Stacey.

The format was also turned into a stage musical in 2027 by Mellor.

production details
ITV – Yorkshire Television – Tiger Aspect – Rollem Production / 1×90 minute episode 24×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 12 October 2000 – 24 March 2005

Creator: Kay Mellor / Theme Music: Perfect Ten by The Beautiful South / Titles: Hobbins Sides / Music: Chris Norton /  Executive Producers: Kay Mellor, Greg Brenman, David Reynolds

Alison Steadman as Betty Simpson
Gaynor Faye as Lauren Harris
Ruth Jones as Kelly Chadwick
Jonathan Ryland as Kevin Chadwick
James Corden as Jamie Rymer
Janet Dibley as Carol McGary
Richard Ridings as Alan Ashburn (Seasons 1-2)
Kathryn Hunt as Val Lorrimer (Seasons 1-22)
Lisa Riley as Rebecca Patterson (Seasons 2-4)
Lynda Baron as Norma Patterson (Seasons 2-4)