New Comedy Drama The Fattest Man In Britain Coming to ITV1

Timothy Spall plays The Fattest Man in Britain and Bobby Ball is his agent and sidekick in a new comedy drama written by Caroline Aherne and Jeff Pope for ITV1.

Timothy (Harry Potter, Sweeney Todd, Oliver Twist) and Bobby (Cannon and Ball, Last of the Summer Wine) and are joined by Frances Barber (The Street, Law and Order UK)  who plays Janice, a kindly neighbour who tends to Georgie’s needs in the one off comedy drama which is set in Rochdale and inspired by real events.

Morris Morrissey (Bobby Ball) is in charge of making sure Georgie Godwin (Timothy Spall) retains his title and cashes in on his size by feeding him up and then bringing taxi loads of tourists to gawp at the “eighth wonder of the world.”

It’s 23 years since Georgie left his house and he relies on Morris and Janice to survive. A new addition to his ‘family’ arrives when social services send problem teenager Amy, played by Aisling Loftus (also starring in Dominic Savage’s forthcoming Dive), to tend to his overgrown garden. When the pregnant teen rows with her drug addict boyfriend, Georgie offers her a safe place to stay.

Amy worries about Georgie’s health and wants him to lose weight but Morris thinks their futures depend on Georgie staying fat. Finally, Georgie gets a shot at the big time, when he is asked to take part in a live weigh off with his rival Big Brian on the local TV news.

Will Georgie reign triumphant or will Big Brian take his title?

The Fattest Man in Britain is an ITV Studios production for ITV1. It was commissioned by commissioning editor of comedy at ITV Michaela Hennessy-Vass. The executive producer is Saurabh Kakkar. It is directed by David Blair and produced by Jeff Pope.

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