Bucket. Mim (Miriam Margolyes)


  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Four
  • 2017
  • 4 episodes (1 series)

BBC Four comedy series about a mother and daughter who go on a road trip to tick off the mother's bucket list. Stars Miriam Margolyes, Frog Stone and Stephanie Beacham.

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Series 1, Episode 1

Bucket. Image shows from L to R: Mim (Miriam Margolyes), Fran (Frog Stone)
The irrepressible Mim celebrates turning 70 by writing a bucket list. Item one: dragging daughter Fran on the "mini break they never had".

Preview clips

Further details

The irrepressible Mim celebrates turning 70 by writing a bucket list. Item one: dragging daughter Fran on the "mini break they never had".

The mother and daughter spend a tense weekend at Miniworld, a dated theme-park which Fran had been desperate to visit 30 years ago. When Fran tries to leave, Mim reveals she's dying. Fran tries to make the effort, but new starts and openness are easier said than done.

Broadcast details

Thursday 13th April 2017
BBC Four
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 14th April 2017 3:05am BBC4

Cast & crew

Miriam Margolyes Mim
Frog Stone Fran
Stephanie Beacham Pat
Guest cast
Catherine Steadman Gemma
Christopher Middleton Wally
Samantha Baines Miranda
Tom Price Dom
Cyril Nri Mr Merdon (Voice)
Writing team
Frog Stone Writer
Barunka O'Shaughnessy Script Editor
Production team
Rebecca Rycroft Director
Katie Mavroleon Producer
Judy Counihan Executive Producer
Frog Stone Associate Producer
Adam Bokey Editor
Tina Sherifa Hicks Production Designer
Jane Anderson Casting Director
June Nevin Costume Designer
Jeremy Hewson Director of Photography
Lisa Kennedy Make-up Designer
Jane Watkins Composer
Helen Ostler 1st Assistant Director
Alex Moody Commissioning Editor


I'm dying!

Mim and Fran arrive at Miniworld, a tawdry theme park. Fran wants to go home but Mim wants to stay and do her bucket list.

Featuring: Frog Stone (Fran) & Miriam Margolyes (Mim).


Forget Peter Kay. Car share with Miriam Margolyes

Two days after the return of Peter Kay's sitcom-with-seatbelts, Car Share, the BBC decides it's the perfect time to launch another on-the-road comedy starring a bickering couple stuck behind the wheel.

As a piece of scheduling incompetence, it's impressive. But I don't suppose Frog Stone, the writer and co-star of Bucket (BBC4), is applauding. She must feel like a Robin Reliant being bullied off the road by Peter Kay's juggernaut.

The real pity is that Bucket is a much funnier show. It has bawdy jokes, a proper plot and a mother-daughter relationship that isn't so much dysfunctional as dangerously unhinged.

Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail, 14th April 2017

Preview - Bucket

A sitcom starring Miriam Margolyes sounds like it should be recipe for success.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 13th April 2017

New comedy-drama, created by and starring Frog Stone, in which Fran (Stone) helps dying mum Mim (the irrepressible Miriam Margolyes) fulfil her bucket list via a road trip. This one relies heavily on Margolyes doing her sweetly outrageous thing ("Did I tell you about the time I fellated a smurf?" etc), which is fine, but there's a peculiar sort of roteness and sourness to it also, at least at this stage. Admirably honest, though, and possibly worth sticking with

Ali Catterall, The Guardian, 13th April 2017

Bucket tries too hard to make us squirm

Miriam Margolyes plays Mim - a maddening, loud, eccentric old woman - in this new sitcom.

She's celebrating her 70th birthday (70 is the new 30, she insists) by working her way through a bucket list, and the first item is a holiday with her irritable daughter. Other plans include: "Kiss a frog on Lake Titicaca."

Mim is crude, and absolutely blind to everyone's discomfort as she gossips about sex and her daughter's masturbation habits.

Frog Stone plays Fran, her drab and weary daughter. Her only hope in life is that she'll quietly get the promotion she wants, but Mim barges in and is intent on forcing some colour and activity into her existence.

The comedy tries to make us cringe on poor Fran's behalf, but often goes too far and sounds like a grubby schoolboy wrote it, with lines such as "Would you rather dry hump Ann Widdecombe or rim Donald Trump?"

Julie McDowall, The National (Scotland), 13th April 2017

Bucket: tenderness, fury, and lashings of gynaecology

You were entitled to feel confused by the opening credits to Bucket (BBC Four). It's a new sitcom which shares its name with a celebrated gargoyle from an old sitcom. Imagine if someone wrote a comedy called Mainwaring or Meldrew. And then there was the epigraph from T S Eliot, not commonly associated with ribtickling hilarity.

Jasper Rees, The Telegraph, 13th April 2017

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