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The Fattest Man in Britain (2009)

Georgie Godwin, housebound for 23 years,is the fattest man in Britain, a tourist attraction, thanks to greedy 'agent', cabbie Morris who brings visitors to Rochdale to hear Georgie sing and... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bobby Ball ...
Japanese Man
Japanese Woman
Georgie Godwin
Jeremy Kyle ...
David Williams ...
Mad Bob
Archie Lal ...
Reba Dutta ...
Richard Riddell ...
Father O'Flaherty
Alice Barry ...
Morley Raisin
Mark Chatterton ...
Richard Barter


Georgie Godwin, housebound for 23 years,is the fattest man in Britain, a tourist attraction, thanks to greedy 'agent', cabbie Morris who brings visitors to Rochdale to hear Georgie sing and - rather to his annoyance - touch him. Devoted neighbour Janice is Georgie's only other regular outside contact until he meets Amy, a pregnant teenager fleeing a violent boyfriend ,whom he takes in as a lodger. Touched by his kindness she feels he demeans himself and wants him to lose weight for his own safety. Morris, however, encourages Georgie to pile on the pounds as a money-spinner for them both, arranging for him to take part in a local television weigh-in, to see if he is fatter than rival claimant Big Brian. Amy is horrified but Georgie sees it as almost a calling. Will he beat Brian or will tragedy strike the fattest man in Britain? Written by don @ minifie-1

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The story was inspired by the real-life case of Jack Taylor (1946 - 4 February 2006) from Bradford who took part in a TV weigh-in with Barry Austin (who played Big Brian in this film) for the title of The Fattest Man in Britain. See more »


Georgie hasn't been out of the house since his wife died, but near the end of the film when he ventures into the outside world for the first time in 23 years, he has a coat that fits him. See more »


Georgie Godwin: That's why this title is so important to me, Amy. The Fattest Man in Britain. Because if I'm not the fattest, I'm just a fat man. Just a big fat man sat in his chair.
Amy: You've already got a title, Georgie: you're My Friend.
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24 December 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Reliable, solid performance as usual from Timothy Spall. As one who looks forward to uplifting dramas especially during these current times of economic recession, I found the last 2 minutes of what was billed as a comedy drama very uplifting – particularly after sitting through 2 hours of this. A word of congratulations must go to Jeff Pope and Caroline Aherne who seemed to have managed with ease to release Bobby Ball from his Christian beliefs by prolonged use of his foul language - quite a contrast from an earlier appearance he made on 'Songs of Praise.' It was billed as a comedy drama. I missed the comedy part. Is this what we really want on weekend prime time television in the UK?

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