Something A Little Different – My Mad fat Diary

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June 23, 2015 by Liza Lou

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Today I want to veer away from film just for one post and talk instead about a TV series. Since 2013 when it first began My Mad Fat Diary has touched me in a way that is so rare and pure that I simply had to share some of my thoughts on it. Last night saw the programme embark on it’s third series so I thought the time was definitely right for it to make it’s appearance here. I shall explain..
MMFD is a UK comedy drama series made for E4 based on a book of the same name by Rae Earl. It is set in a mid 90’s Lincolnshire and centres around Rae Earl, a young girl recently released from psychiatric hospital. 
Before I go any further it is worth noting that this was the reason I first started watching. I myself have suffered from various strains of mental illness for most of my life so anything that tries to tackle the subject I look at with interest. Mental illness is very close to my heart, something I deal with every day and the very reason I started this blog (as distraction therapy) so of course I watch things associated with it. Unfortunately, I feel many films and TV shows miss the mark and was expecting the same from MMFD… boy was I wrong.
Never before have I come across anything so delicate to the subject matter whilst still allowing humour and I think that’s the magic ingredient here. Rae is played by Sharon Rooney who is a cracking stand up comedian and along with the rest of the cast injects a lot of fun into something that really could become bleak.
I don’t want to say too much about the plot because there is quite a lot to cover and I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it. However I will say that over two series I have both laughed and sobbed along through dramatic story lines that are acted brilliantly. I have, on more than one occasion, looks at my screen and thought to myself ‘she could be me’ and I have held Rae’s hand throughout both taking strength and urging her on.
If you haven’t heard of it or seen it please do seek it. Start at the beginning and allow your life to be infected by the characters of My Mad Fat Diary.. Honestly, It’s marvellous.
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