British comedienne and actress

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Losing It (2015)

With her middle-age spread having taken up permanent residency, magazine columnist Millie is offered a lot of money to become the guinea pig for a herbal diet pill campaign. She just has to shed three stone in three months. With her home on the line and a loan shark after her, she desperately needs the money. Millie uses the first payment to visit her daughter Mary, who is undertaking scientific research in Papua New Guinea. Hopefully she can combine some bonding time with a touch of dysentery to help her weight loss mission get off to a flying start. As Millie falls further behind on her goal, she tries a range of different methods - from colonics to a virtual gastric band program. For readers who enjoy cheering on the underdog, with plenty of the farcical humour you'd expect from a comedienne. Some might find the main character too caustic and cynical, however.

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