E4’s My Mad Fat Diary – based on the real-life teenage diaries of former psychiatric patient Rae Earl – has been commissioned for a second series.
The comedy drama has been praised by critics and fans for its honest and sympathetic treatment of challenging topics like mental health issues, self harm, sexuality and body image.
Starring Sharon Rooney, Claire Rushbrook and Ian Hart, the first series followed troubled teenager Rae as she left a psychiatric ward and began readjusting to life at home, via pool parties and trips to the pub all set against a soundtrack of mid-90s pop and indie classics.
Channel’s 4 Commissioning Editor for Drama Sophie Gardiner said: “Thanks to Tom Bidwell’s funny and insightful writing, and Sharon Rooney’s stand-out performance as the great Rae Earl, My Mad Fat Diary has captured the hearts of the E4 audience, and we are delighted that the show is returning to E4.”
Executive Producer Jude Liknaitzky said the team behind My Mad Fat Diary are “beyond delighted” to have been given a second series. She went on to add: “We have been overwhelmed by the response to the show and can’t wait to bring more of Rae’s stories to life.”
The new six part series of My Mad Fat Diary will start filming this summer.
The first series of My Mad Fat Diary comes to a close tonight at 10:00pm on E4