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  • Rae Earl - my new heroine from My Mad Fat Diary
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Channel 4 are brilliant at producing cult classic dramas. My favourite shows of the last few years are all Channel 4 productions - Misfits, Fresh Meat, Sugar Rush - and all revolve around teenage angst.

It's a topic that doesn't get old (even if I'm getting older).

I don't think anybody forgets how hard it was being an adolescent. Boys! Bad skin! Wearing a swimming costume in front of your crush! Every day was a minefield.

And I have high hopes for My Mad Fat Diary.

The show is a dramatisation of Rae Earl's real life diaries, and tells the story of Rae - a 16 year old, 16-and-a-half stone girl - who's just got out of a psychiatric hospital.

She's mad about boys, mad about really good music (the soundtrack is one of the show's best bits - think Blur, Morrissey and the Beastie Boys and you're there), and even more fixated on keeping her ‘mad' past a secret from her new mates.

The show gives a really refreshing look at mental health. It's such a big subject and it needs to be tackled more.

In episode one I could already see that ‘best mate' Chloe is going to become a TOTAL bitchy frenemy to Rae.

I love frenemy storylines. We've all been there, right?

And Sharon Rooney as Rae is brilliant. She's got these wide magnetic eyes that suck you in. I just want to give her a hug and tell her that it's all going to be ok.

I can't wait for next week's episode. This is definitely the coolest new show on TV right now.


  • My Mad Fat Diary is on E4 on Mondays at 10pm