Happy Mother’s Day, Brit TV style.

from http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00x17n9

Happy Mother’s Day (in advance)! This Sunday celebrate mothers everywhere. If you happen to still live with yours, or with anyone’s mother, here’s what you do: 1. Wash the dishes all day. 2. Swish out a toilet. 3. Tell everyone else to stop yammering at her, just for the day. 4. Better yet, get everyone, your lovely self included, out of the house for the day, and tell her just to take a little time for herself. Then hand her a chocolate bar and don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out. Sure that will all take a little effort but it will be better than a hobbled-together breakfast in bed, and it will be cheaper than any sorry roses you’ll be able to find on Mother’s Day.

If you ARE the mother in question, have no qualms about kicking everyone out and watch a little British TV during your hard-won alone time. Might I suggest some programs featuring Moms?


Three kids, two parents. That’s really all you need to know.

Mrs. Brown’s Boys

I’ve only just discovered this one on YouTube and must figure out how to watch all the episodes, somewhere. Starring Irish comedian Brendan O’Carroll as Mrs. Brown, this is not a show the critics lined up to love, evidently, but it is funny. Mrs. Brown and her many children and friends mainly make each other crazy, but of course the crazy-making is because of all the love. Trust me (I should know; I’m one of six kids.) It’s a big family thing.

Moone Boy

Okay, you know I can’t have a list that doesn’t involve Moone Boy, starring Chris O’Dowd as the imaginary friend of “an idiot boy in the West of Ireland.” Here’s a clip that includes Martin Moone’s parents–they’re so awesome.

Now, those are, arguably, the good mothers. Feel like being inspired by the bad mothers? Look no further than Edina Moon, in the classic comedy series Absolutely Fabulous, who just never appreciated having a studious good girl for a daughter:

Okay, that clip is not representative. In most episodes Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) are the ones torturing Edie’s daughter Saffron (Julia Sawalha). But some of those clips are just so mean…I couldn’t put them here, completely out of context. You really need to watch ALL of Absolutely Fabulous to get Absolutely Fabulous.

And, of course, Jeff’s mother in Coupling, the infamous relationship comedy created by Steven Moffat. Jeff had a lot of issues, many of which he described to his friends, and many of which had roots in his childhood, and his mother saying, “Oh, Jeffrey” in very disappointed tones. This clip is not high quality, so I don’t want to embed it, but suffice to say Jeff does a strip tease, thinking he’s alone with his girlfriend at the office, only to find that he’s entertained the entire office staff, and, of course…his mother.

Happy Mother’s Day, all!


    • I haven’t seen Outnumbered for so long, but just watching this clip made me remember how great it is. Damn. As if I didn’t have enough to do keeping up with new British TV, now I’ve got to go back and re-watch Outnumbered!

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