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 3 - May

Mum. Image shows from L to R: Cathy (Lesley Manville), Michael (Peter Mullan)
Cathy is clearing out her garage and the family come round to help. Her brother and his partner are fresh from playing golf and making friends with a millionaire. Kelly's mum comes round to take an old fridge and Cathy sees a new side to Kelly. Michael is helping out too and faces a decision.

Broadcast details

Friday 27th May 2016
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 7th February 2018 12:10am BBC2

Cast & crew

Lesley Manville Cathy
Peter Mullan Michael
Sam Swainsbury Jason
Lisa McGrillis Kelly
Ross Boatman Derek
Dorothy Atkinson Pauline
Karl Johnson Reg
Marlene Sidaway Maureen
Guest cast
Tanya Franks Carol (Kelly's Mum)
Writing team
Stefan Golaszewski Writer
Production team
Richard Laxton Director
Lyndsay Robinson Producer
Jennie Fava 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


The titular matriarch Cathy is having a garage sale. What could possibly go wrong? Inviting the family, for one thing, with all hope of shifting dusty Roncos dispelled in favour of patience-testing pettiness, not least during a visit from Kelly's sabre-tongued mother. One of the best comedies on TV; a show that makes one wish it were physically possible to hug a sitcom.

Mark Gibbings-Jones, The Guardian, 27th May 2016

Review, Mum, BBC2, episode 3

There has been some grumbling recently about sitcoms that aren't wall-to-wall laughs and Mum might fall into this category.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 27th May 2016

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