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 and Stacey used a very similar cast.
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 get her attendees to follow the 'Super Slimmers' diet. The characters who attend the club are from varied backgrounds and of varied weight. Whilst there are plots ongoing throughout all four series, each episode focusses on one particular character.
We meet the group as they struggle back from a Spanish hotel they won as a result of their appearance on Trisha. Betty can't wait to get home, so intent is she on seeing her son Simon.
Kelly starts to moan about Betty's friendship with her long-lost son and she starts to mistreat Kev. She is then tempted by Max. As Kev gets a new assistant in the chip shop. Will Kelly be able to hold it together with her new fitness coach Max?
Norma throws herself into pensioner speed dating and after two glasses of wine decides to advertise herself on the local radio lonely hearts phone-in. It's not long before a queue of eligible men has formed around the block but it's the dashing Eddie who captures her heart. Bowling, dancing and romancing ensue and soon a weekend in Filey is on the cards. But is Eddie all he seems?
We focus on Jamie this week, Claire and her little girl have moved in with him. But are her feelings of sickness more then just a dodgy curry? The barmaid at Woody's seems to know the answer and so much more as she doesn't even know Claire by that name. Rebecca suspects the truth but keeps her mouth shut until it's to late.Claire is then hit by a car resulting in her death and Jamie decides to fight for custody of Claire's daughter.
The friends head off for a free weekend at a health spa. Carol has done a dodgy deal as all of a sudden the friends are booked for a photo shoot, some parts are ok yet others are a little bit revealing. Max and Carol flirt with each other what ends up a little bit more then they both suspected, Carol then finds out about Max's past and decides not to go with him. They end up together at the end of the episode. While Lauren has decided that this is her perfect chance to get beautified before the wedding, and Norma seems more intent on eating the fruit then wearing it.
Lauren's wedding day approaches. She's always being the skinniest of the bunch but not without problems. Having found her dream man in Vicar, Paul, she also gets a shot at fame as a weathergirl. Only Paul seems jealous of her success, while her parents refuse to come to the wedding. She's got a fabulous frock and a man willing to make a sacrifice for her, but will there be a happy ending?