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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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David Blair
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bobby Ball ... Morris
Akira Koieyama ... Japanese Man
Yuriri Naka ... Japanese Woman
Timothy Spall ... Georgie Godwin
Frances Barber ... Janice
Jeremy Kyle ... Self
David Williams David Williams ... Mad Bob
Archie Lal Archie Lal ... Raj
Reba Dutta Reba Dutta ... Nana
Aisling Loftus ... Amy
Richard Riddell Richard Riddell ... Joe
Brendan O'Carroll ... Father O'Flaherty
Alice Barry Alice Barry ... Joyce
Tim Woodward ... Morley Raisin
Mark Chatterton Mark Chatterton ... Richard Barter
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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Featured in Loose Women: Episode #14.120 (2010) See more »

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Cracking :)
21 December 2009 | by roland-193See all my reviews

Was looking forward to this from the start and i wasn't disappointed! The whole cast were brilliant, especially Bobby Ball playing the dirty, foul mouthed manager (hope we get to see his character again in the future), Wonderfully shot,great script with both laughter and enough tender moments to keep it from turning farcical.

Well done to everyone involved. The make up was really good for a T.V drama, location was spot on, Badly Drawn Boys music was perfect for the show.

I just hope we can see more of this quirky style of television soon.

Loved it!!!


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20 December 2009 (UK) See more »

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