Drama series following eight women's struggle to lose weight at a weekly slimming club.

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Series cast summary:
Ruth Jones ...  Kelly Chadwick / ... 25 episodes, 2000-2005
Janet Dibley Janet Dibley ...  Carol McGary 25 episodes, 2000-2005
Alison Steadman ...  Betty Simpson 23 episodes, 2000-2005
Gaynor Faye ...  Lauren Harris 22 episodes, 2000-2005
James Corden ...  Jamie Rymer 20 episodes, 2000-2005
Lisa Riley Lisa Riley ...  Rebecca Patterson 19 episodes, 2002-2005
Lynda Baron Lynda Baron ...  Norma Patterson 19 episodes, 2002-2005
Jonathan Ryland ...  Kevin Chadwick 17 episodes, 2000-2005
Richard Ridings ...  Alan Ashburn / ... 14 episodes, 2000-2004
Kathryn Hunt Kathryn Hunt ...  Val Lorrimer 13 episodes, 2000-2002
Barrie Rutter ...  Douglas Simpson / ... 11 episodes, 2000-2005
David Harewood ...  Max Robertson 11 episodes, 2004-2005
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Drama series following eight women's struggle to lose weight at a weekly slimming club.

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A Drama To Diet For

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UK

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English

Release Date:

12 October 2000 (UK) See more »

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Fat Friends See more »

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GBP6,000,000 (estimated)
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Perfect 10 (Theme Tune)
Performed by The Beautiful South
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Weight Watchers, Watch Out...
3 May 2017 | by mathmaniacSee all my reviews

Weight Watchers does everything to be able to identify the factors that make people overeat. Weight Watchers tries to think of ways to help people watch their habits and the 'triggers' that make them reach for food when caloric intake for the day is already enough.

It would be natural for Weight Watchers to have a presence in Prime Time TV, showing these situations with wit and wisdom, featuring talented actors.

Too late! It's already been done. 'Fat Friends' looks at the lives of characters and spins stories that make food not a villain but understandably comforting when stress has reached a certain level. In short, it's what everyone at a WW meeting can relate to.

Not by accident, every episode seems to have a 'weigh-in' at a group meeting. Ding! Ding! Ding! This familiar ritual is not the WW meeting and weigh-in of the sensitive sympathetic crowd. The leader is a stern taskmaster - that's the British twist to the dieting weekly check- in.

All the actors are good, the writing is funny and insightful. I particularly liked hearing a young James Corden explain that he needs to be 'big.'

Well worth watching if you can see it on amazon instant video. It's probably also available on DVD.


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