Mum (TV series)

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Created byStefan Golaszewski
Written byStefan Golaszewski
Directed byRichard Laxton
Stefan Golaszewski
Opening themeCups by Lulu and the Lampshades
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series3
No. of episodes18
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Big Talk Productions
DistributorITV Studios
Original networkBBC Two
Picture format16:9 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original release13 May 2016 (2016-05-13) –
19 June 2019 (2019-06-19)

Mum is a British sitcom written by Stefan Golaszewski centred around recently widowed, suburban 59 year old Cathy (played by Lesley Manville) and her family, following her husband's death.[1] Each episode is named after a calendar month in the year, except series three which is set over just one week. [2] The series features Cathy’s 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. Lisa McGrillis revealed that the upcoming third series will be the last. The third series premiered on 15 May 2019.[4]



SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1613 May 2016 (2016-05-13)17 June 2016 (2016-06-17)
2620 February 2018 (2018-02-20)27 March 2018 (2018-03-27)
3615 May 2019 (2019-05-15)19 June 2019 (2019-06-19)

Series 1 (2016)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
11"January"Richard LaxtonStefan Golaszewski13 May 2016 (2016-05-13)1.37[5]
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.[6]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
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"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.

Series 3 (2019)[edit]

No. in
Title [7]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [7]UK viewers
131"Monday"Stefan GolaszewskiStefan Golaszewski15 May 2019 (2019-05-15)N/A
Cathy and her family gather at a house in the countryside for Derek's birthday.
142"Tuesday"Stefan GolaszewskiStefan Golaszewski22 May 2019 (2019-05-22)TBD
A hungover Cathy pieces together the events of the previous night. Kelly suffers from bad morning sickness.
153"Wednesday"TBATBA29 May 2019 (2019-05-29)TBD
The family prepare to leave the house for a walk in the countryside. Jason confronts Michael about his feelings for Cathy.
164"Thursday"TBATBA5 June 2019 (2019-06-05)TBD
After a meal out, Pauline has had too much to drink. Cathy comforts Jason.
175"Friday"TBATBA12 June 2019 (2019-06-12)TBD
It's raining and the family are stuck inside. Cathy looks to tell Jason about her relationship with Michael.
186"Saturday"TBATBA19 June 2019 (2019-06-19)TBD
Derek's party arrives and Cathy decides to put herself first for once.


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


Internationally, the series premiered on BBC First on 11 October 2016.[8] The series premiered in New Zealand on TVNZ 1 on 20 July 2016.[9] The US premiere was 1 July 2018 on PBS.[10] Series 3 was shown on BBC2 on Wednesday nights starting 15 May 2019, although all six episodes of the series were released at once on BBC iPlayer on the same night as the first episode.


  1. ^ Radford, Ceri (13 May 2016). "Mum, episode one review: soothing and enjoyable, but lacks real bite: review". The Daily Telegraph.
  2. ^ "Mum". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  3. ^ "BBC Two orders a third series of Mum". British Comedy Guide. 19 October 2017. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  4. ^ Warner, Sam (8 November 2018). "BBC Two's award-winning Mum will end after third and final series". Digital Spy.
  5. ^ "Mum Series 1, Episode 1 - January". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Hit BBC Two sitcom Mum to return for a second series". BBC Media Centre. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Mum - Listings". Next Episode. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Rampton, James (17 July 2016). "Mum star Lesley Manville on ageism in TV and why she won't get plastic surgery". Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Mum: January (KERA - 07/01 - 07:00 pm)". Myers ProWeb. Retrieved 2 July 2018.[dead link]

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