My Mad Fat Diary is back for its second series on Monday, and if you ask us, it's about blooming time. We've been waiting for ages to catch up with Rae's exploits with the gang, so thank goodness that more episodes are just around the corner - especially because we fell head over heels for the touching, funny, moving first run. But what can we possibly expect? Well, we grabbed the show's stars and forced them to spill some teases... read on to find out everything we know!
The gang is going to college.
That's right - and guess what? It's not going to be so easy for Rae. "Can she fit in? Can she cope with the pressure?" star Sharon Rooney said. "I remember going to college and it was so daunting because there were all these older, cool kids. Everyone had a gang and a clique, and I didn't have a gang and a clique yet - I was new! It was kind of intimidating. Plus, at 16, you want to be older - you don't want to be a kid anymore but you are a kid. Rae gets herself into lots of new and testing predicaments and trouble, because it's Rae and she's always up to something!"
Don't hold out hope for Rae and Finn to have a happy ever after - at least not just yet.
It's because of that pesky college again (though even Sharon said she doesn't know what's going on with them.) "Are they together, are they not together, are they going to last at college?" she said. "Rae struggles to believe that she's good enough for Finn in their own little group, never mind around 100 new faces with all their eyes on her. It's a tricky one! Can she accept that someone as nice as him just likes her because he likes her, or is she going to crack under the pressure? Who knows!" Gulp. Nico Mirallegro wasn't much more upbeat, either, saying Rae and Finn's relationship is "up and down".
There's a new boy on the scene...
Say hello to Turlough Convery, who's playing new boy Liam - who becomes close with Rae. "Rae is able to understand him and he is able to understand her and they kind of form this friendship where you see a total different side to Rae," Sharon said. "She can relax around him because she doesn't have to hide anything, there's no secrets. They end up in trouble as well. Everyone gets into trouble this year, they're all being very naughty. There must be something in the Stamford water!" Meanwhile, Turlough told us that Liam has mental health issues, too: "He's a bipolar teenager and he's got a bit of an interesting perspective on life... Rae meets him in college and realises that he walks both lines like her - he also has mental health issues and he's also in group therapy with her, then also is in college. His character is almost seen as a bit of a kindred spirit with Rae."
We'll get more of Archie's struggles with his sexuality.
"That does develop," Dan Cohen said, carefully. Don't worry - he spilled a bit more, as he revealed Archie's story will really evolve in the first half of the series. "They found a way in series two to really interweave [Dan being honest with his friends] with the fluctuations in his relationship with Rae," he teased. "It's kind of all linked together, that in a way she assists him in getting to that point where he has the courage to do that. But in series two, because of a certain situation, he gets to the point where he has a certain amount of time in which to decide whether he's going to come out or not... There is a period of time in the show where it's about him struggling to make that decision of how he's going to deal with that, whether he's going to do it himself or whether it's going to come out in other ways." Intriguing! Still, Dan was schtum on how the revelations would affect the group. "It does, though," Nico added helpfully.
Chloe is going to get herself in trouble with a man again.
Oh, Chloe. Chloe, Chloe, Chloe. (Actually, that's exactly what Jodie Comer said.) "In the group she feels like she's the it girl and she's in charge," Jodie explained. "And she goes into college and there's girls who are up there and she feels like she's got to be at that level. She gets in a bit of trouble, with guys that she shouldn't really be going around with. That kind of brings her and Rae together because they help each other out in situations. But the guy she meets is not really marriage material." (Oh, and by the way, Jodie totally gets you saying that you "know a Chloe". "I feel people took an instant dislike to her at first and she has got her flaws and stuff," she said. "But I've done stuff that she's done. I think every girl has."
Even if there's no third series, you'll be satisfied.
Sure, we'd probably be gutted, but Dan promised us that we won't be left hanging. "I feel like series two ends in a very satisfying way," he said. "Whether there is a third or not people will still be satisfied. It's not suddenly a character hanging from a cliff and no series three!"
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