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 5 - October

Mum. Image shows from L to R: Michael (Peter Mullan), Derek (Ross Boatman)
It's early morning and Cathy is trying to get ready for work. Jason has an interview for a job in Australia and Kelly's upset that she might have to move there. After a heavy night out with Derek, Michael finds himself on Cathy's sofa with a secret to keep from Cathy.

Broadcast details

Friday 10th June 2016
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 13th February 2018 11:45pm 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
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


Cathy is tiptoeing through the dark house, trying to get ready for work without disturbing everyone but Kelly is already awake: "I was just havin' a little think and a cry", she explains. She's been out in the dawn garden where she saw a family of foxes and spilled out all her worries to the silent animals. Cathy humours her and asks if they had any advice and, for once, Kelly offers a sensible answer: "Not really. They're foxes."

The reason for her nocturnal conversation with foxes is that her boyfriend, Cathy's son, has the chance of a job in Australia and she's terrified that he'll leave her. And Peter Mullan's character, Michael, continues to walk silently around the house, looking as though he's squinting at a glorious sun whenever he sees Cathy.

I'm finally starting to warm to its tender scenes. There's a lovely, wavering silence when Michael admits he wants to lose weight and Cathy replies, "You're lovely just as you are."

Julie McDowall, The National (Scotland), 10th June 2016

Stefan Golaszewski - the brains behind the excellent Him & Her - writes this similarly low-key sitcom starring Lesley Manville. There are shades of Mike Leigh - a woman in her 50s comes to terms with bereavement - but the way Golaszewski has fun with vain people while backing the good eggs is all his own. Tonight, Kelly worries about Jason while Mike and Cathy's compatibility is hard to ignore.

John Robinson, The Guardian, 10th June 2016

Preview: Mum, BBC2, episode 5

As Bruce Springsteen might have said if he was writing about Mum it's darkness on the edge of town this week. It's an October morning, the sun has not risen and Cathy is mooching around, finding various people in various states of distress and undress around her suburban semi.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 10th June 2016

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