The second series started on 19 February and ended on 31 March , with each episode posted on 4oD a week prior to the television release. In November , it was announced that a final three-episode third series would be made, set in After three series and sixteen episodes, My Mad Fat Diary broadcast its final episode on 6 July Set in Stamford, Lincolnshire in the mids, My Mad Fat Diary follows the story of year-old, 16 stone kg lb girl, Rae Earl, who has just left a psychiatric hospital , where she has spent four months. Rae attempts to keep this information from her while also trying to impress Chloe's friends Finn, Archie, Izzy and Chop. Throughout its run, My Mad Fat Diary received critical acclaim, particularly for its accurate and honest portrayal of mental illness and Sharon Rooney's performance. The Guardian ' s Sam Wollaston called it a "lovely drama — honest and painful, real, and very funny," going on to say "Sharon Rooney's performance in the lead is natural, effortless and utterly believable; she should win something for it. The show also received praise for its honest portrayal of mental health. It's just something that she has to deal with and try to manage on a daily basis, just like the one in ten young people in the UK who have a mental illness.
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Painfully poignant and beautifully honest about the way life inevitably goes for every young adult, the end of Rae Earl's story is truly bittersweet. So this is it. And as is to be expected in a finale such as this — and from a series that has centred singularly on the thoughts and feelings of such a troubled, yet relateable character — this episode packs something of a punch. The last episode saw Rae Sharon Rooney at the brink of despair, with her family in a state of crisis, her relationship with Finn Nico Mirallegro tarnished by his indiscretion with Katie Springer Faye Marsay and her connections with therapist Kester Ian Hart , seemingly lost. Rae is more dependent on her therapy than ever; scared of her manifesting feelings and confused by the apparent deceit of Kester, she is in a state of shock. Hurt by his betrayal and confused at the prospect of her future, Rae tries to avoid the subject altogether. She is soon confronted with an accusation however, when Katie comes to apologise. Though seemingly guilt-ridden for what she did with Finn, Katie strikes an overwhelmingly insensitive blow towards Rae, claiming that because of the fluctuating state of her mind, Rae is bringing Finn — and all her other friends — down. Thankfully, it is just one of several imagined thoughts Rae that candidly discloses with us throughout the episode, but to say it is affecting would be an understatement.
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The show, which drew an average of 1. It aired on 17 February On 26 November Sharon Rooney confirmed on Twitter that there would be more episodes.