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 3, Episode 1 - Monday

Mum. Image shows from L to R: Pauline (Dorothy Atkinson), Jason (Sam Swainsbury), Cathy (Lesley Manville)
Cathy and her family arrive in the countryside to celebrate Derek's birthday. Michael arrives too, which Jason finds troubling.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 15th May 2019
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 16th January 2020 10:00pm 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
Prasanna Puwanarajah Kumar (Owner Of The House)
Writing team
Stefan Golaszewski Writer
Production team
Stefan Golaszewski Director
Lyndsay Robinson Producer
Kenton Allen Executive Producer
Stefan Golaszewski Executive Producer
Matthew Justice Executive Producer
Richard Laxton Executive Producer
Lauriel Martin Line Producer
Simon Reglar Editor
Abby Bowers Production Designer
Sarah Crowe Casting Director
Richard Cooke Costume Designer
Greg Duffield Director of Photography
Juliette Tomes Make-up Designer
Peter Griffiths 1st Assistant Director
Kate Daughton Commissioning Editor


You couldn't really get much less dramatic than the essential smallness of Mum, in which, for the six-piece final series, the widowed Lesley Manville and her own batch (son, girlfriend, inept brother Derek, brother's dreadful snob girlfriend, love interest Michael, dead hubby's parents) have decamped to a mansion. Pauline, brother's dreadful snob GF, has paid for all via a divorce settlement to celebrate Derek's birthday in a "posh" rented mansion full of towels folded into swans.

Tender, foul, awkward, human, never less than hugely funny, this has been one of the delights in my job. To see the glee of an ensemble piece - as well as Manville, of course, and Peter Mullan as shy Michael - in this last incarnation. Creator Stefan Golaszewski has said Mum has probably run its course, and he's most likely right, but what an absence it will bring. The depth of talent was unveiled, and it was wholly right to condense this last series into one claustrophobic week; a week in which Pauline essentially admitted she was a bad person, and we remembered the very smallness of the nigglings that haunt our lives if they're allowed to.

The entire cast shone. Karl Johnson's grandpa Reg (his outrage at coming across a shampoo labelled "not tested on animals" was a particular joy); Sam Swainsbury as son Jason played a richly subtle balance of thick, kind and misguidedly worldly.

Mum works as drama just as much as comedy. The many moments when Jason and Michael are left alone in a room, a house, a garden, are utterly fraught: at every one of Michael's half-gambits at conversation, every silently insolent shrug from Jason, you will cringe and gently perspire at memories of your own awkwardnesses (taking slightly too long to wash a mug, or slightly too short a time to answer with a monosyllable).

Mum, Cathy, finally snaps, in her own, nice way. Rude to nobody, she simply saunters, champagne in its bucket and Michael's hand in hers, towards a long lovely lawn, her body language yelling a cheerful "fuck you all".

Euan Ferguson, The Guardian, 19th May 2019

Mum, BBC Two, series 3 review

Welcome last hurrah for adult family sitcom.

Jasper Rees, The Arts Desk, 16th May 2019

The third, and apparently final, series of the Bafta-nominated, Mike-Leigh-style comedy-drama commences with Cathy (Lesley Manville) arriving at Derek and Pauline's hideously nouveau-riche country gaff. Cue none-more-Brexity conversation from Reg: "If I discovered I was even a quarter Dutch, I'd completely erase myself."

Ali Catterall, The Guardian, 15th May 2019

Stefan Golaszewski explains why it is time to end Mum

The final series will wrap up the 'will they / won't they?' arc for Cathy and Michael, with her son Jason still quietly resentful of his mother's new relationship.

Morgan Jeffery, Digital Spy, 15th May 2019

TV review: Mum, BBC2

In the third and final series of Mum, beautifully written and directed by Stefan Golaszewski, Cathy and co are well and truly out of their suburban comfort zone.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 15th May 2019

Mum may be a saint, but the music's an unholy racket

Try as I might, I've never warmed to Mum. As with all saints, it's hard to have much sympathy for anyone who invites the world to walk over her.

Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail, 15th May 2019

Mum - magnificent TV that'll put sunshine in your heart

Guaranteed to make you cry four times every episode, the final series of the Lesley Manville sitcom miraculously turns tiny gestures into epic romance.

Jack Seale, The Guardian, 15th May 2019

Mum review: Cathy & Michael's relationship like Brexit

We are still kept guessing about the status of Cathy's love life in the third and final series of BBC2's family sitcom Mum, which stars Lesley Manville as a bereaved widow embarking on a new relationship.

Sean O'Grady, The Independent, 15th May 2019

Mum, BBC2, review: the perfect storm

I have been felled by the smallest of moments in previous series - god knows the state I'll be in for the finale.

Barbara Speed, i Newspaper, 15th May 2019

Mum - A love letter to a comedy

As with every series ending, I was quite trepidatious about the conclusion to Mum and how Golaszewski would handle the characters he clearly cares for dearly.

Matt Donnelly, The Custard TV, 15th May 2019

Mum, series 3 episode 1 review

Broad comedy mixed with gentle charm - we'll miss it when it's gone.

Chris Harvey, The Telegraph, 15th May 2019

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