Being Bridget Jones viewers find Helen Fielding documentary “laugh out loud funny”

The BBC Two documentary was a hit with Bridget Jones fans new and old.

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Renée Zellweger as Bridget Jones & Hugh Grant as Daniel Cleaver. 
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The remarkable life and career of Bridget Jones’ Diary author Helen Fielding set viewers on a journey of reminiscence, humorous and humiliating, when Being Bridget Jones screened on BBC Two.

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The creator of an anonymous column in the Independent in 1995 about a young woman counting calories and cigarettes became a global phenomenon, a series of novels that spiralled into three hit Hollywood movies.

The documentary on BBC Two sparked a surfeit of joyful recollections from Bridget Jones fans:”Whenever I watch Bridget Jones, I want to immediately go back in time, smoking, drinking falling out of a taxi and waiting for my love interest(s) to take me on a mini break and declare they love me… just as I am….Yep!”

From her middle-class Yorkshire background and being Four Weddings and a Funeral director Richard Curtis’ girlfriend at Oxford to becoming a global icon, Fielding’s journey was somehow equally relatable and hilarious, especially the way she channelled her own TV news career into Bridget Jones’ career.

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One viewer posted: “Really bloody enjoying #BeingBridgetJones on @BBCTwo right now. Laugh out loud funny. Read the book for the first time earlier this year after being a long-time fan of the films. Had no idea how much was based on Helen Fielding’s own life! Amazing, well worth a watch”.

The author was super-relatable in the same way her creation was 20+ years ago.

A fan wrote: “Helen reminds me of me. Funny and awkward, an open person, wears their heart on their sleeve. Not perfect but just real. #BeingBridgetJones”.

The celebrity contributions from Curtis, Bridget Jones’ actor Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant were another pleasure for the audience, especially the latter’s insights about Fielding.

One viewer tweeted: “‘She came in as Princess Margaret having had a stroke.’ Sensational from Hugh Grant on Zellweger’s first stab at a British accent. #BeingBridgetJones”.

Another highlighted Grant’s startling revelation: “Helen is a dirty, dirty b**h” I nearly choked on my drink. Hugh Grant is f***ing hilarious. #BeingBridgetJones”.

Firth was responsible for one Bridget Jones’ most memorable lines.

A viewer agreed: “One thing i love about Bridget Jones, is that she’s so flawed. that and the so based on pride and prejudice, getting Colin Firth was just the best casting ever #BeingBridgetJones”.

Will we ever see her like again?

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