BBC Two comedy Mum to return for third series

Shane Allen, Controller, BBC Comedy Commissioning and Patrick Holland, Channel Editor, BBC Two, commission more Mum from Big Talk Productions.

Published: 19 October 2017
Mum is a truly special series, combining microscopic observation of human behaviour with a heart the size of Cathy's wheelie bin.
— Shane Allen, Controller, BBC Comedy Commissioning

BBC Two today confirmed a third series of the critically acclaimed sitcom Mum by Stefan Golaszewski. The commission comes ahead of the second series, which is due to transmit early next year. The third, six-part (6x30) series will go into production next summer for broadcast later that year on BBC Two.

Written by Stefan Golaszewski and starring Lesley Manville and Peter Mullan, the series has garnered critical acclaim and won a raft of awards and nominations since launching on BBC Two last May.

The series won Best Comedy at the 2017 Broadcast Awards, while Golaszewski, who previously received a BAFTA for the hit sitcom, Him & Her: The Wedding, won Best Comedy Writer at the BAFTA Television Craft Awards and Manville was nominated in the Female Performance in a Comedy Programme category at the BAFTA Television Awards. The series also received a Best Sitcom nomination at the 55th annual Rose d’Or Awards in July 2016.

Mum is a family sitcom seen through the eyes of Cathy, played by Olivier Award winning actress Lesley Manville, and family friend Michael, played by Peter Mullan. The series also stars Sam Swainsbury, Lisa McGrillis, Ross Boatman, Dorothy Atkinson, Marlene Sidaway and Karl Johnson.

The third series will once again be written and directed by Golaszewski.

Shane Allen, Controller, BBC Comedy Commissioning says: "Mum is a truly special series, combining microscopic observation of human behaviour with a heart the size of Cathy's wheelie bin. It's a privilege to be able to bring another series to BBC Two and we can't wait to see what Stefan and the team at Big Talk have in store."

Big Talk CEO, Kenton Allen says: “We’re absolutely thrilled to get this vote of confidence from Patrick and Shane. The BBC have been amazing supporters of Stefan and Big Talk over the last 8 years, since the very first pilot of Him & Her, and they continue to be an amazing home to nurture and develop comedy writers. Plus, all our Mum’s will be delighted by this very good news.”

Mum is a Big Talk Production, in association with The Money Men Productions.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment are the international distributors.

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