Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. Image shows from L to R: Betty Spencer (Michele Dotrice), Frank Spencer (Michael Crawford). Copyright: BBC

Key details

Channel 5
Raymond Allen, John Thomson, John D. Collins, Stuart Fell, Matt Irvine, Graham McCann, Richard Latto, Anthony Hayward and more
Kate Staples, Mark Roberts, Mark Harrison, Samuel Wilkinson, Tom Evans and Richard Ward

Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em is one of the most popular British sitcoms of all time. At its peak, around half the UK population was watching the outrageous antics of hapless Frank Spencer and his family. Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em: Secrets & Scandals reveals the behind-the-scenes stories of how the show was made and became so popular, uncovers the secrets behind the increasingly outlandish stunts, and the surprising stories of how the show's stars were cast and the real-life inspiration for the bonkers plotlines.

The programme features an exclusive interview with show creator Ray Allen, who explains how he created the show and its iconic characters, including revealing how his own life and wardrobe choices inspired the character of Frank. The documentary also features interviews with actor and comedian John Thomson, cast member John D Collins and crew members Stuart Fell and Matt Irvine.

The show exposes the stunts that nearly went dangerously wrong and behind-the-scenes footage that reveals how the show's iconic scenes were made.

There are also secrets about the casting of the show's main characters, including the surprising names in line for the role of Frank and how a strange demand led to a crew member's daughter being landed a role on the show.

The show reveals how actor Michael Crawford crafted the unique characteristics of Frank, the behind-the-scenes negotiations to keep the show on air and the unpopular changes made to the series in its final episodes.

Additional details

Also known as
  • Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em: A Comedy Classic (Billed title)

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 5th August 2022 at 9pm on Channel 5
Episode length
1 hour
All previous repeats
  • Friday 8th September 2023 at 10:00pm on C5

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