The Bad Mother's Handbook

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The Bad Mother's Handbook
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The Bad Mother's Handbook DVD Cover
StarringCatherine Tate
Anne Reid
Holly Grainger
Robert Pattinson
Theme music composerMark Russell
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes1
Executive producersHugo Heppell
Alison Owen
ProducersHarry Oulton
Sascha Schneider
Running time90 minutes
Production companiesIngenious Broadcasting
Ruby Television
Original networkITV, STV, UTV
Picture format16:9 576i
Audio formatStereo
Original release19 February 2007 (2007-02-19)

The Bad Mother's Handbook is a one-off television drama film based on the novel The Bad Mother's Handbook by Kate Long. It was broadcast on ITV on 19 February 2007, starring Catherine Tate, Anne Reid, Holly Grainger and Robert Pattinson. According to BARB, the show received strong viewing figures of 6.09 million.[1]


Karen (Catherine Tate) is a mother in her thirties, raising teenaged Charlotte (Holly Grainger). Karen's mother Nan (Anne Reid) is suffering from Alzheimer’s.

American remake[edit]

In 2008, ABC was developing a pilot known as Bad Mother's Handbook to star Alicia Silverstone, Megan Mullally and Alia Shawkat, but it was not picked up.[2]

The DVD Release[edit]

The British version, starring Catherine Tate, was released on 24 August 2010.


  1. ^ "Broadcasters' Audience Research Board, weekly viewing summaries".
  2. ^ Amanda MacArthur (21 April 2008). "Alicia Silverstone Starring in Bad Mother's Handbook For ABC".

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