Mum (TV series)

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Mum
Genre Sitcom
Created by Stefan Golaszewski
Written by Stefan Golaszewski
Directed by Richard Laxton
Stefan Golaszewski
Starring
Opening theme Cups by Lulu and the Lampshades
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 12
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Big Talk Productions
Distributor ITV Studios
Release
Original network BBC Two
Picture format 16:9 1080i
Audio format Stereo
Original release 13 May 2016 (2016-05-13) – present

Mum is a 2016 British sitcom written by Stefan Golaszewski centred around recently widowed, suburban 59 year old Cathy (played by Lesley Manville) and her family, during the year following her husband's death.[1] Each episode is named after a calendar month in this year.[2] Each episode is set in Cathy's house and features her supportive lifelong friend Michael (played by Peter Mullan), and her family: son Jason and his girlfriend Kelly, Cathy's brother Derek and his new partner Pauline, and Cathy's in-laws.

In October 2017, it was recommissioned for a second and third series.[3] The second series premiered on 20 February 2018.

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Series 1 (2016)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions)
11"January"Richard LaxtonStefan Golaszewski13 May 2016 (2016-05-13)1.37[4]
Cathy's family gather at her house on the day of her husband's funeral.
22"February"Richard LaxtonStefan Golaszewski20 May 2016 (2016-05-20)1.19
It's Cathy's first Valentine's Day without her husband, and her family come round to keep her company.
33"May"Richard LaxtonStefan Golaszewski27 May 2016 (2016-05-27)0.82
The family help Cathy clear out her garage.
44"August"Richard LaxtonStefan Golaszewski3 June 2016 (2016-06-03)0.80
Cathy gets ready to go for lunch with a new friend.
55"October"Richard LaxtonStefan Golaszewski10 June 2016 (2016-06-10)0.87
Kelly is worried about moving to Australia, and Michael and Derek are recovering from a night out.
66"December"Richard LaxtonStefan Golaszewski17 June 2016 (2016-06-17)0.93
Cathy hosts a New Year's Eve party.

Series 2 (2018)[edit]

In June 2016, the BBC announced that a second series had been commissioned.[5]

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions)
71"March"Stefan GolaszewskiStefan Golaszewski20 February 2018 (2018-02-20)N/A
It is Cathy's 60th birthday and to celebrate the family are going out to lunch.
82"April"[6]Stefan GolaszewskiStefan Golaszewski27 February 2018 (2018-02-27)N/A
It is Easter Sunday and Cathy and Michael have plans to clear the front room together. Jason and Kelly have other ideas.
93"June"Stefan GolaszewskiStefan Golaszewski6 March 2018 (2018-03-06)N/A
It is early summer and Cathy has invited everyone around for a barbecue. Pauline and Derek bring his punk daughter, Danielle.
104"July"Stefan GolaszewskiStefan Golaszewski13 March 2018 (2018-03-13)N/A
Kelly and Jason are leaving early on holiday. Michael has had a bad night.
115"September"Stefan GolaszewskiStefan Golaszewski20 March 2018 (2018-03-20)N/A
Maureen is in hospital. Cathy sees Michael for the first time in months.
126"November"Stefan GolaszewskiStefan Golaszewski27 March 2018 (2018-03-27)N/A
Cathy is having a bonfire. Michael is moving on but Cathy has something to tell him.

Production[edit]

The interior shots of Cathy's house for both Series 1 and 2 were filmed at West London Film Studios.

Broadcast[edit]

Internationally, the series premiered on BBC First on 11 October 2016.[7] The series premiered in New Zealand on TVNZ 1 on 20 July 2016.[8] The US premiere was 1 July 2018 on PBS.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ceri Radford (2016-05-13). "Telegraph review". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  2. ^ British Comedy Guide. "Mum - BBC2 Sitcom - British Comedy Guide". Comedy.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  3. ^ https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/2821/mum_series_3/
  4. ^ British Comedy Guide. "Mum Series 1, Episode 1 - January - British Comedy Guide". Comedy.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  5. ^ "Hit BBC Two sitcom Mum to return for a second series". BBC Media Centre. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  6. ^ "April, Mum, Series 2 Episode 2 of 6". BBC. 21 February 2018. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  7. ^ Purcell, Charles (6 October 2016). "New This Week (Oct 10): GABO, Divorce, Supergirl, Legends Of Tomorrow, World Cup and live sport". The Green Room. Archived from the original on 6 October 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 
  8. ^ Rampton, James (17 July 2016). "Mum star Lesley Manville on ageism in TV and why she won't get plastic surgery". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  9. ^ "Mum: January (KERA - 07/01 - 07:00 pm)". Myers ProWeb. Retrieved 2018-07-02. 

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