E4's My Mad Fat Diary based on life of Lincolnshire-born writer gets second series
Television drama My Mad Fat Diary, based on the real-life of a Lincolnshire-born writer, has been re-commissioned for a second series.
In 1989, Rae Earl was a 16-year-old boy-mad Morrissey fan who had just been released from a psychiatric ward when she began writing her diaries.
In 2007, they were published and soon became a best-seller.
Twenty-four years after Rae, from Stamford, first put pen to paper, her diaries were transformed for the small screen as E4's My Mad Fat Diary, made up of six hour-long episodes, with rising star Sharon Rooney playing the role of Rae.
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The first series concludes tonight at 10pm, but E4 has now confirmed the show will return for six more episodes.
Sophie Gardiner, Channel 4's drama commissioning editor, 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."
TV critics have praised the show for its fresh take on mental health issues and body image.
And Rae, who works on creating the show as a consultant, told the Echo: "I'm totally delighted that My Mad Fat Diary is getting a second series.
"We've had an overwhelming response to it from so many people who have enjoyed it and loved the way it portrays and explores some difficult themes.
"I'm so looking forward to seeing this really talented cast take my story further."