Celebrate the important women in your life this Mother’s Day with our TV collections
By Laura Rutkowski, Senior Staff Writer
We couldn’t keep mum about the comedy and reality series available on Virgin TV! Whether you want to watch motherhood in all its glory with series including One Born Every Minute and Sam & Billie: The Mummy Diaries, or laugh along at portrayals of family life with series including Breeders and Friday Night Dinner, there’s loads to keep you entertained this Mother’s Day.
On Sunday 27 March, enjoy them with your mother, another female figure in your life or your children. Let the marathon commence, and if the day is indeed your special day, make sure you relax and don’t lift a finger (except to press the buttons on the remote).
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Ferne McCann: First Time Mum
The former The Only Way Is Essex star navigates motherhood as a single parent following the birth of her daughter Sunday in 2017, while juggling work and her love life.
Sam & Billie: The Mummy Diaries
Following on from one-off special Sam Faiers: The Baby Diaries, this reality series follows the professional and personal lives of sisters and TV stars Sam and Billie Faiers and their families.
Our Baby: A Modern Miracle
Having a child is never easy, but what if you’re both transgender? Married couple Hannah and Jake Graf chart their difficult journey to become parents through a surrogate, with their baby being born during lockdown.
One Born Every Minute
Every minute of every day, a baby is born in Britain. Parents-to-be and staff reflect on the miracle of life from the inside of a maternity ward with 40 cameras capturing all the emotional, as well as funny, moments.
Emma Willis: Delivering Babies
Television presenter Emma Willis trained for three months at Harlow’s Princess Alexandra Hospital in the maternity ward as a Maternity Care Assistant. In the first two series, she worked shifts to help deliver babies, but for series 3, set during lockdown, she offered advice and tips over video calls.
16 Kids and Counting
Britain’s biggest family, the Radfords, are actually even bigger now, as Sue and Noel Radford are parents to 22 children! Revisit the arrival of their sixteenth, with eldest daughter Sophie also expecting her first child in this edition of the series.
Amy Schumer deals with pregnancy as only she could – with comedy. Go behind the scenes with the star as she battles through hyperemesis, or acute morning sickness, with help from her husband Chris Fischer, and prepares for a stand-up special.
Meet The Richardsons
Married couple and stand-up comedians Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont (plus their daughter Elsie) invite viewers into their home for a fictionalised look at their lives in the West Yorkshire town of Hebden Bridge.
Friday Night Dinner
If you’re new to the show, brothers Adam (Simon Bird, The Inbetweeners) and Jonny (Tom Rosenthal, Plebs) visit their parents (Tamsin Greig and the late, great Paul Ritter) every week for Shabbat dinner. It all sounds very civilised and wholesome, but what family gathering have you ever been to that you could describe as normal?
All Round to Mrs Brown’s
This comedy talk show is created by and stars Brendan O’Carroll, who plays no messin’ Irish matriarch and widow Agnes Brown in Mrs Brown’s Boys. Here, she’s joined by the show’s ensemble cast, which is made up of real-life relatives, and celebrity guests.
Desmond’s, which has a predominantly Black British Guyanese cast and Black crew and provides insight into Black family life, revolutionised British television when it aired in 1989. Desmond Ambrose (Norman Beaton) runs a barbershop in Peckham, which teems with life. Although Desmond often talks about returning to his native Guyana, his shop and his family have become solid fixtures of the community.
Fred Barron decided to produce My Family like an American sitcom, with a group of writers working on it rather than just one. It clearly paid off, because it was the most watched sitcom in the UK in 2008 and aired for more than 100 episodes. The middle-class Harper family at the centre of the series is made up of dentist Ben (Robert Lindsay), his wife Susan (Zoë Wanamaker) and their children Nick (Kris Marshall), Janey (Daniela Denby-Ashe) and Michael (Gabriel Thomson).
Created by star Martin Freeman and The Thick of It's Simon Blackwell and Chris Addison, Breeders follows couple Paul (Freeman) and Ally (Daisy Haggard, Back To Life) as they navigate the world of parenting. In the most recent series, their children Luke and Ava are older, which brings its own set of challenges – from disobeying curfews to trying out veganism.
Gavin & Stacey’s Ruth Jones and her real-life husband David Peet created Stella, with Jones in the title role as struggling mother-of-three Stella Morris. She lives in the Welsh town of Pontyberry and makes money by doing the washing and ironing for the locals. Her kids keep her hands full, with Luke in prison for stealing cars, Emma wanting to leave school before taking her exams and Ben appearing in the school play.
Modern Family is the ultimate comfort watch, highlighting the dysfunctional, yet loving, ways of the Dunphys and the Pritchetts (plus one very important Tucker, of course – Cam). It never fails to be laugh-out-loud funny and leaves you feeling good every time.
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Image credits: Desmonds © Channel Four
Emma Willis: Delivering Babies © UKTV/Jonathan Ford