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 6 - Saturday

Mum. Image shows from L to R: Michael (Peter Mullan), Cathy (Lesley Manville)
It's Derek's birthday. The family come together to get the house ready for the party.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 19th June 2019
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 19th June 2019 11:15pm BBC2 Wales
Thursday 20th February 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
Daniela Denby-Ashe Claire (Kumar's Wife)
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


Mum finale review

Slowly, clasped hand by clasped hand, writer Stefan Golaszewski has dismantled Cathy's barriers and subtly probed the levels of her grief.

Sarah Hughes, i Newspaper, 20th June 2019

Mum, Series 3 finale, BBC Two review

Tears of laughter and sadness.

Veronica Lee, The Arts Desk, 20th June 2019

Mum review - the mouse that roared, and about time too

Finally it came and, lord, it was about time. A retort of only eight words, but enough to shift the power balance in Mum and, at last, relieve the viewing public's cancerous knot. For three series Cathy (Lesley Manville), a picture of forbearance in a sensible blouse, has failed to push back and let rip at the family grotesques who blithely misuse and diminish her.

The Times, 20th June 2019

The magnificent final series ends exactly as any fan would like, with relief and new tenderness in the aftermath of Cathy (Lesley Manville) and Michael (Peter Mullan) going public with their love. The last shot is a peach, and there are tiny payoffs in every scene as the show's principle of not vocalising its emotions is relaxed by just the right amount. In the middle, though, is one heart-stopping moment of sadness and rage to remind us that all this sunny kookiness is underscored by grief. Exquisite.

Jack Seale, The Guardian, 19th June 2019

Mum, series 3 finale, review

A perfect end to a perfect show - bring on the Baftas.

Gabriel Tate, The Telegraph, 19th June 2019

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