The second series of 'My Mad Fat Diary' came to its eagerly awaited conclusion last night (March 31st 2014) with an assuredly and rather unbelievably happy ending, but has it set itself up for a third series?
The 90s comedy-drama was surprisingly well-received when the first series premiered on E4 in January 2013; a clever adaptation of the book of a similar name 'My Fat, Mad Teenage Diary' written by the real Rae Earl, with wonderfully imperfect characters and a relatable storyline. Perhaps the reason behind why it's such a good story is that it's based on the life of a real person - which makes the finale of series 2 even more heart-warming.
Rae has a struggle on her hands getting the gang back together
Having just experienced a revelation about herself after reading her best friend's diary and realising that she hasn't been as great a friend as she thought she had been to troubled Chloe (Jodie Comer) in the penultimate episode, Rae (Sharon Rooney) has found herself in a great big social mess. Chloe is still missing, Rae's mother (Claire Rushbrook) is at the end of her tether with Rae's persistent nonchalance at her pregnancy and now everyone at college knows she's got mental health problems after she had a breakdown during a concert she had been forced to take part in. Not only that, her real father seems no longer interested in her existence and her ex-boyfriend Finn (Nico Mirallegro) has left for a job in Leeds despite still being painfully in love with her.
The final episode leaves her with a list of three problems she needs to solve after she breaks her mother's heart by admitting that she didn't care about her unborn sister and Finn sends her a letter asking her to get the gang back together.
Finn is unrelenting in trying to win Rae back
1. Chloe - Rae is filled with more self-hatred than ever after hurting the people she loves the most and she desperately seeks help from a counselling session with her therapist Kester (Ian Hart). It becomes heated very quickly when he angrily tells her that she needs to start being nicer to herself; an easier said than done task which she begins by rescuing Chloe from the lecherous older boys she's been hanging around with. It's obvious that Chloe has just as many insecurities as Rae, reaffirming that being popular and beautiful doesn't make you a happy person.
2. Mum - When she attempts to fix things with her mother, however, disaster strikes when Rae finds her collapsed in the bathroom with extreme blood loss. Worried for both her unborn sister and her mother's life, she doesn't know where to turn - but when a familiar face greets her in the hospital waiting room having returned from Leeds, she starts to believe things will turn out fine after all. Indeed, Ms. Earl and her baby survive their ordeal leaving Rae with just one more thing to patch-up.
Rae makes amends with her pregnant mother
3. The Gang - As it turns out, they've managed to fix themselves - Chop (Jordan Murphy) wins back Archie's (Dan Cohen) respect when he stands up to some bullies berating him for being gay, and delivers a firm kiss to show he loves him no matter what his sexual interests are. Plus, Rae agrees to start dating Finn again, gently letting down her group therapy friend Liam (Turlough Convery), and she finally decides that the only father she needs in her life is her good-natured immigrant stepfather Karim (Bamshad Abedi-Amin).
It may have felt like an implausibly happy scenario for the ever tormented Rae Earl but, as she described, "The thing about stories is that not all of them have a happy ending, but some do". It remains to be one of the most significantly relatable shows on television at the moment, proving that teenage problems haven't changed at all in the last couple of decades - boys, girls, parents, best friends and sex are still the biggest obstacles a 16 to 17-year-old will face and when any of those go wrong, it will always feel like the end of the world.
In the end, being a teenager is no easy feat
We'll definitely be keeping our hopes up for a third series; after all, Chloe's still miserably single and Rae's timid friend Danny Two Hats (Darren Evans) has finally been released from hospital. Will Chloe find Mr. Right? Will Danny fit in with The Gang? And, more importantly, will Rae and Finn stay together this time?