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More brilliantly observed comedy with Cathy (Lesley Manville) Michael (Peter Mullan) and co

While we’re thrilled that one of TV’s funniest but most poignant comedies is back (the whole series of Mum is available on BBC iPlayer after episode one), we’re devastated that this will be the last hurrah for lovelorn Cathy (Lesley Manville) and Michael (Peter Mullan).

But the series is going out with a bang as everyone gets out of Cathy’s place and goes to a country house hired by Pauline for Derek’s birthday.

Pauline gets the party started with Jason and Cathy in the hotel grounds

Pauline’s at her pretentious best crowing about towels turned into swans, while Jason and Kelly have something to hide, Reg hates the smell of cows and Maureen’s eaten too
many Pringles.

But how long can Cathy and Michael keep their romance secret?

TV Times rating: *****

Mum

Michael with birthday boy Derek

TV Times met up with Lesley, 63, to find out what lies ahead for Cathy and why all good TV things must come to an end…

Where do we find Cathy and Michael in series three?

When the series begins, you see them having a quick kiss and Michael says that she left her watch behind last night, so viewers will 
go, ‘Ooh!’ But it has only just happened and Cathy is tentative and worried about Jason getting wind of it because she is trying 
to protect him. But she wants to protect Michael, who she loves, 
too, and she has to deal with it.

Does this series have a different feel with it being in a new setting?

It’s genius to take us out of Cathy’s house because they are all fish out of water and out of sorts there. Even Pauline, who you think would be happy playing lady of the manor, has a big wobbly. But for us filming, we all thought, ‘Yes, we’re going 
on holiday for eight weeks!’