Mum. Cathy (Lesley Manville)


  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Two
  • 2016 - 2019
  • 18 episodes (3 series)

Sitcom about a middle aged mother who is trying to rebuild her life following the death of her husband. Stars Lesley Manville, Peter Mullan, Sam Swainsbury, Lisa McGrillis, Ross Boatman and more.

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Series 1, Episode 2 - February

Mum. Image shows from L to R: Michael (Peter Mullan), Cathy (Lesley Manville)
It's Cathy's first Valentine's Day since she lost her husband. Her brother Derek comes round to keep her company, but his partner Pauline wishes that she was anywhere else. Her son, Jason, has some surprising news for her and when Michael turns up unannounced he's concerned to find that Cathy has received a Valentine's card.

Broadcast details

Friday 20th May 2016
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 6th February 2018 11:40pm BBC2

Cast & crew

Lesley Manville Cathy
Peter Mullan Michael
Sam Swainsbury Jason
Lisa McGrillis Kelly
Ross Boatman Derek
Dorothy Atkinson Pauline
Writing team
Stefan Golaszewski Writer
Production team
Richard Laxton Director
Lyndsay Robinson Producer
Kenton Allen Executive Producer
Stefan Golaszewski Executive Producer
Matthew Justice Executive Producer
Barney Pilling Editor
Miranda Jones Production Designer
Ben Wheeler Director of Photography


TV review, Mum, episode 2, BBC2

If you haven't seen Mum catch the two episodes so far on iPlayer and make an appointment to view from this Friday. Don't say I didn't tip you off.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 25th May 2016

It's February, and Cathy's first Valentine's Day since the death of her husband. Not wanting her to be alone, her brother Derek arrives, much to the chagrin of his partner, the spiteful tact-vacuum Pauline, who obviously had something a bit more spiffy in mind and makes sure everyone knows it. Lovelorn Michael also pitches up for the same reason, and finds Cathy in possession of a mystery Valentine's card. It's subtly brilliant work from writer Stefan Golaszewski.

Ben Arnold, The Guardian, 20th May 2016

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