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 2, Episode 6 - November

Mum. Image shows from L to R: Michael (Peter Mullan), Cathy (Lesley Manville)
It is Fireworks Night and Cathy is having a bonfire. As Michael moves on after the death of his mother, Cathy feels she needs to tell him something.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 27th March 2018
25 minutes

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
Writing team
Stefan Golaszewski Writer
Production team
Stefan Golaszewski Director
Georgie Fallon Producer
Kenton Allen Executive Producer
Stefan Golaszewski Executive Producer
Matthew Justice Executive Producer
Richard Laxton Executive Producer
Lyndsay Robinson Associate Producer
Hannah Wilcock Line Producer
Simon Reglar Editor
Abby Bowers Production Designer
Sarah Crowe Casting Director
Richard Cooke Costume Designer
David Marsh Director of Photography
Juliette Tomes Make-up Designer
David Chalstrey 1st Assistant Director
Gregor Sharp Commissioning Editor


We need more Mum, which ended on something of an upbeat note, there being vouchsafed tremulous hope for Cathy and Michael. Their wilful mutual blindness to the attraction between them, thanks to a frankly lunatic mix of perceived societal, peer and family pressures, is fast rendering the pair less bright than the shoe-size-IQ family that surrounds and bedevils them. But more, please - and possibly a spin-off for Dorothy Atkinson's scene-grabbing Pauline, who left us with: "Not a snob, Derek. I just enjoy the finer things in life. Radio 4. Classic FM. Anything made by an artisan."

Euan Ferguson, The Guardian, 1st April 2018

Mum, BBC Two, series 2 finale review

Lesley Manville and co should quit their unimprovable sitcom while they are ahead.

Jasper Rees, The Arts Desk, 28th March 2018

Mum: season two finale review

Would Cathy and Michael's on-off romance finally be well and truly on? The finale kept us guessing till the end.

Sarah Hughes, The Guardian, 27th March 2018

Mum, episode 6, Fireworks Night, BBC2 review

This episode is ultimately about Cathy and Michael.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 27th March 2018

Mum, series two: ending that doesn't disappoint

Oh, Cathy, Oh, Michael. What sheer televisual joy.

Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, 27th March 2018

Will sitcom's odd couple bow out with a kiss?

It has made us weep, laugh and scream. As Mum concludes, Lesley Manville and Peter Mullan explain why its slow-burn romance is so compelling.

Sarah Hughes, The Guardian, 26th March 2018

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