Fat Friends

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Fat Friends
Genre Drama
Created by Kay Mellor
Starring Alison Steadman
Gaynor Faye
Ruth Jones
James Corden
Janet Dibley
Lynda Baron
Composer(s) Mark Russell
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 4
No. of episodes 25
Running time 60 minutes (per episode)
Production company(s) Rollem Productions
Tiger Aspect Productions
Yorkshire Television
Original network ITV
Picture format 16:9 (576i)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 12 October 2000 (2000-10-12) – 24 March 2005 (2005-03-24)
Midgley's fish and chip shop in Moor Grange, Leeds featured as 'Big and Battered'

Fat Friends is a British drama that aired on ITV from 12 October, 2000 to 24 March, 2005, consisting of 25 episodes over four seasons. Set in Leeds, the series explores the lives of several slimming club members, with a focus on the various ways their weight has impacted them.

The series was created by Kay Mellor and made by Rollem Productions in association with Tiger Aspect Productions and Yorkshire Television. Four of the cast—Ruth Jones, James Corden, Sheridan Smith and Alison Steadman—went on to appear in the sitcom Gavin & Stacey.


Fat Friends is set around a slimming club in the Headingley district of Leeds. The club is run by the formidable Carol (Janet Dibley), 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 and characters[edit]


Series One
Episode Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Love Me Slender" David Wheatley Kay Mellor 12 October 2000 (2000-10-12)
2 "Fat Chónce" David Wheatley Kay Mellor 19 October 2000 (2000-10-19)
3 "Fat Free" David Wheatley Kay Mellor 26 October 2000 (2000-10-26)
4 "Growing Pains" Audrey Cooke Kay Mellor 2 November 2000 (2000-11-02)
5 "Face the Fat" Audrey Cooke Kay Mellor 9 November 2000 (2000-11-09)
6 "When the Fat Lady Sings" Audrey Cooke Kay Mellor 16 November 2000 (2000-11-16)
Series Two
Episode Title Directed by Written by Original air date
7 "Full Belly" Audrey Cooke Kay Mellor 5 September 2002 (2002-09-05)
8 "Peaches and Dreams" Audrey Cooke Kay Mellor 12 September 2002 (2002-09-12)
9 "Forty and In-fat-urated" Tania Díez Jayne Daniel & Kay Mellor 19 September 2002 (2002-09-19)
10 "Sweet and Sour" Dan Zeff Kay Mellor 26 September 2002 (2002-09-26)
11 "Sticky Fingers" Dan Zeff Gaynor Faye & Kay Mellor 3 October 2002 (2002-10-03)
12 "In Full Bloom" Tania Díez Lisa Holdsworth & Kay Mellor 10 October 2002 (2002-10-10)
13 "Hunger Pangs" Audrey Cooke Kay Mellor 17 October 2002 (2002-10-17)
Series Three
Episode Title Directed by Written by Original air date
14 "Eat Your Heart Out" John Deery Kay Mellor 1 January 2004 (2004-01-01)
15 "Leggs Over Easy" Jphn Anderson Gaynor Faye & Kay Mellor 7 January 2004 (2004-01-07)
16 "Food for Thought" Jphn Anderson Gaynor Faye & Kay Mellor 14 January 2004 (2004-01-14)
17 "Bacon, Bagels and the Bishop" Lance Kneeshaw Katie Baxendale & Kay Mellor 21 January 2004 (2004-01-21)
18 "Afters" Lance Kneeshaw Kay Mellor & Debbie Oates 28 January 2004 (2004-01-28)
19 "Food of Love" Lance Kneeshaw Katie Baxendale & Kay Mellor 4 February 2004 (2004-02-04)
Series Four
Episode Title Directed by Written by Original air date
20 "Enough to Go Around" John Deere Kay Mellor 17 February 2005 (2005-02-17)
21 "Second Helpings" Lance Kneeshaw Gaynor Faye & Kay Mellor 24 February 2005 (2005-02-24)
22 "Angel's Delight" Lance Kneeshaw Ruth Jones & Kay Mellor 3 March 2005 (2005-03-03)
23 "Get Out of the Kitchen" Lance Kneeshaw Gaynor Faye & Kay Mellor 10 March 2005 (2005-03-10)
24 "Healthy Options" John Anderson Kay Mellor & Debbie Oates 17 March 2005 (2005-03-17)
25 "Icing on the Cake" John Anderson Kay Mellor & Debbie Oates 24 March 2005 (2005-03-24)


Awards and nominations[edit]

Home media[edit]

Region 2

A VHS of the first series was released on 24 June 2002. The first three series of Fat Friends have been released on DVD in the United Kingdom via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

  • Fat Friends: Series One (released 21 March 2005)
  • Fat Friends: Series Two (released 18 April 2005)
  • Fat Friends: Series Three (released 18 April 2005)
  • Fat Friends: The Complete Series 1, 2 & 3 (released 21 March 2005)

Region 1

  • Fat Friends: Season One (released 13 February 2007)

Stage musical adaptation[edit]

A stage musical adaptation of the series directed and written by original creator, Kay Mellor, with music by Nicholas Lloyd Webber will make its world premiere at the Grand Theatre in Leeds from 7 November to 2 December 2017 before embarking on a UK tour, starring Jodie Prenger as Kelly Stevenson.[1]


  1. ^ "Jodie Prenger to star in Fat Friends The Musical premiere". WhatsOnStage.com. Retrieved 2017-01-19. 

External links[edit]