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

Fat Friends
Created byKay Mellor
Written by
Opening theme"Perfect 10", performed by The Beautiful South
ComposerMark Russell
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series4
No. of episodes25
Running time60 minutes (per episode)
Production companies
Original networkITV
Picture formatPAL
Audio formatStereo
Original release12 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".

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. Jonathan Ryland who played Kevin, the husband to Ruth Jones' character also appeared in Gavin and Stacey as the celebrant who presided when Pete and Dawn renewed their wedding vows.


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 charactersEdit


Series overviewEdit

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1612 October 2000 (2000-10-12)16 November 2000 (2000-11-16)
275 September 2002 (2002-09-05)17 October 2002 (2002-10-17)
361 January 2004 (2004-01-01)4 February 2004 (2004-02-04)
4617 February 2005 (2005-02-17)24 March 2005 (2005-03-24)

Series 1 (2000)Edit

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Love Me Slender"David WheatleyKay Mellor12 October 2000 (2000-10-12)
22"Fat Chónce"David WheatleyKay Mellor19 October 2000 (2000-10-19)
33"Fat Free"David WheatleyKay Mellor26 October 2000 (2000-10-26)
44"Growing Pains"Audrey CookeKay Mellor2 November 2000 (2000-11-02)
55"Face the Fat"Audrey CookeKay Mellor9 November 2000 (2000-11-09)
66"When the Fat Lady Sings"Audrey CookeKay Mellor16 November 2000 (2000-11-16)

Series 2 (2002)Edit

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
71"Full Belly"Audrey CookeKay Mellor5 September 2002 (2002-09-05)
82"Peaches and Dreams"Audrey CookeKay Mellor12 September 2002 (2002-09-12)
93"Forty and In-fat-urated"Tania DíezJayne Daniel & Kay Mellor19 September 2002 (2002-09-19)
104"Sweet and Sour"Dan ZeffKay Mellor26 September 2002 (2002-09-26)
115"Sticky Fingers"Dan ZeffGaynor Faye & Kay Mellor3 October 2002 (2002-10-03)
126"In Full Bloom"Tania DíezLisa Holdsworth & Kay Mellor10 October 2002 (2002-10-10)
137"Hunger Pangs"Audrey CookeKay Mellor17 October 2002 (2002-10-17)

Series 3 (2004)Edit

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
141"Eat Your Heart Out"John DeeryKay Mellor1 January 2004 (2004-01-01)
152"Leggs Over Easy"John AndersonGaynor Faye & Kay Mellor7 January 2004 (2004-01-07)
163"Food for Thought"John AndersonGaynor Faye & Kay Mellor14 January 2004 (2004-01-14)
174"Bacon, Bagels and the Bishop"Lance KneeshawKatie Baxendale & Kay Mellor21 January 2004 (2004-01-21)
185"Afters"Lance KneeshawKay Mellor & Debbie Oates28 January 2004 (2004-01-28)
196"Food of Love"Lance KneeshawKatie Baxendale & Kay Mellor4 February 2004 (2004-02-04)

Series 4 (2005)Edit

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
201"Enough to Go Around"John DeeryKay Mellor17 February 2005 (2005-02-17)
212"Second Helpings"Lance KneeshawGaynor Faye & Kay Mellor24 February 2005 (2005-02-24)
223"Angel's Delight"Lance KneeshawRuth Jones & Kay Mellor3 March 2005 (2005-03-03)
234"Get Out of the Kitchen"Lance KneeshawGaynor Faye & Kay Mellor10 March 2005 (2005-03-10)
245"Healthy Options"John AndersonKay Mellor & Debbie Oates17 March 2005 (2005-03-17)
256"Icing on the Cake"John AndersonKay Mellor & Debbie Oates24 March 2005 (2005-03-24)


Awards and nominationsEdit

Home mediaEdit

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 adaptationEdit

Grand Theatre in Leeds decorated for Fat Friends the Musical.

A stage musical adaptation of the series directed and written by original creator, Kay Mellor, with music by Nicholas Lloyd Webber made its world premiere at the Grand Theatre in Leeds on 7 November 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 19 January 2017.

External linksEdit