Lorraine Kelly’s Big Fat Challenge

Monday 23 August, 10:45pm on Five

Concluding on Channel Five this week is the series following the lives of the Chawners, who became one of Britain’s most reviled families when their lazy lifestyle hit the headlines after daughter Emma’s disastrous X Factor audition. Lorraine Kelly steps in to give the obese family a much-needed chance to turn their lives around. Weighing in at a combined total of 91 stone, the Chawners are the family the nation loves to hate. They were brought into the limelight after daughter Emma’s unforgettable 2008 X Factor audition, which ended in abject failure. Undeterred, Emma has returned every year since, leading to the exposure of the family of four’s food-binging, benefits-dependent lifestyle. However, Lorraine Kelly believes that the muchderided family – dad Phil, mum Audrey, and daughters Emma and Sam – deserve another chance. Along with a team of experts, including celebrity chef Aldo Zilli and a range of top doctors, dentists and trainers, Lorraine takes the family under her wing. But will the Chawners seize this unique chance to transform their lives and health, or will their critics ultimately be proved right? In this week’s concluding episode, the family’s fivemonth long ordeal draws to an end, but Lorraine has one final trick up her sleeve to motivate them to lose even more weight. Emma is invited to sing in front of a 30,000-strong crowd at the switching on of the Christmas lights in Leeds, and the event will provide an opportunity for the Chawners to prove to the world that they have slimmed down and shaped up. Lorraine ropes in top voice coach David Gregory to help Emma get her voice up to scratch and learn her lines, yet days before her big night she is struggling to do either. Meanwhile, GMTV stylist Mark Heyes is enlisted to give the family a muchneeded makeover. Mark has a gigantic task before him – after years of obesity, the Chawners have been left with absolutely no confidence. Longsuffering Sam even breaks down in tears when she sees herself in a full-length mirror for the first time.

Monday 16 August, 10:45pm on Five

Coming to Five this week is a new series following the lives of the Chawners, who became one of Britain’s most reviled families when their lazy lifestyle hit the headlines after daughter Emma’s disastrous X Factor audition. Lorraine Kelly steps in to give the obese family a much-needed chance to turn their lives around. Weighing in at a combined total of 91 stone, the Chawners are the family the nation loves to hate. They were brought into the limelight after daughter Emma’s unforgettable 2008 X Factor audition, which ended in abject failure. Undeterred, Emma has returned every year since, leading to the exposure of the family of four’s food-binging, benefits-dependent lifestyle. However, Lorraine Kelly believes that the muchderided family – dad Phil, mum Audrey, and daughters Emma and Sam – deserve another chance. Along with a team of experts, including celebrity chef Aldo Zilli and a range of top doctors, dentists and trainers, Lorraine takes the family under her wing. But will the Chawners seize this unique chance to transform their lives and health, or will their critics ultimately be proved right? In Monday’s episode, Lorraine meets the family for the first time. She is astounded to hear that Phil has failed to put a stop to his gluttonous ways despite being told that he has only a few years to live if he continues to binge. Lorraine swiftly dispatches the two girls to a weight loss camp in Somerset, where they will spend the next four weeks – but after just 48 hours, Emma is desperate to leave. Tuesday’s show sees Sam and Emma embark on the first exercise they have done since school. Despite Emma’s refusal to eat healthily, she loses an impressive 9.2lbs, and Sam is close behind. Meanwhile, back in Blackburn, Audrey and Phil learn some uncomfortable truths about their health that Lorraine hopes will frighten them into getting off the sofa at last. The couple begin an exercise regime with Coleen Rooney’s personal trainer Elise Lyndsay, and as a reward toothless Audrey is granted a trip to a top cosmetic dentist. However, some bad news from the hospital puts a sudden halt to Phil and Audrey’s new routine.

Labelled Britain’s fattest and laziest family, the Chawners return to Bio for a second series. Can Lorraine Kelly prise the family off the sofa and into the real world, silencing their critics once and for all?

The Chawners, famously known for daughter Emma’s infamous appearance on X Factor and their unhealthy lifestyle are returning exclusively to Bio this summer. With the aid of Lorraine Kelly and her team of celebrity experts, this six part series aims to get the family back to work, back into society and to address their overeating once and for all.

After the successful first series of Lorraine Kelly’s Big Fat Challenge, the Chawner family have returned for a second helping. Lorraine Kelly and her team will be working hard to integrate the family back into society and with the feisty foursome followed by a camera crew through all their highs and lows, they’ll be facing their biggest challenges to date. Needless to say, the team have their work cut out for them, but with the family’s new found fame it may be a struggle to get them on the right track and into work.

Daughter Emma wants to continue with a singing career with the assistance of two established vocal coaches, while Sister Sam is training to be a hairdresser and has often faced considerable setbacks due to her size.

Despite all of the help, old habits die hard and the allure of TV dinners and soaps not only causes stress between them, but proves frustrating for the experts set on helping them. Troubled mum Audrey seems to be holding the family back. Will she change her old habits before the family is torn apart..?

UK Premiere only on Bio

TX: 24th August 2010 at 8pm

(From a press release)

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