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Scummy Mummies is the podcast for less-than-perfect parents. Comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson discuss a range of topics relevant to modern mums and dads, from culture and current affairs to farting and fish fingers.

Scummy Mummies is the podcast for less-than-perfect parents. Comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson discuss a range of topics relevant to modern mums and dads, from culture and current affairs to farting and fish fingers.
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Scummy Mummies is the podcast for less-than-perfect parents. Comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson discuss a range of topics relevant to modern mums and dads, from culture and current affairs to farting and fish fingers.




Episode 134: Beer, France and Burt Reynolds with Tommy Barnes

Our guest for this episode is the brilliant Tommy Barnes, author of the hilarious new book A Beer in the Loire! He tells us all about how he and his wife decided to pack in the rat race, move to France, have a baby, and set up a brewery, all within a ludicrously short space of time. We find out what it's like living with a dog who wants to murder you, and Tommy recalls the time Derek Acorah tried to communicate with his dead pet frog, Burt Reynolds. There's also a live beer tasting and a...


Episode 133: Swearing is Good For You with Dr Emma F***ing Byrne

Did you know that swearing can ease labour pains, make you exercise more efficiently, and improve your sex life? It's true - so says Dr Emma Byrne in this very sweary episode! We get some advice on how to cope when your kids start learning naughty words, and find out that even monkeys do swears sometimes. Emma explains why swearing is a feminist issue, and why she can't wait for her own daughter to tell her to go f*** herself. Then it's the return of The Swearing Game, and we finish with...


Episode 132: Isy Suttie on motherhood, comedy, and Take That

Our guest for this episode is the fabulous Isy Suttie - comedian, author, actor, and Dobby off Peep Show! She tells us all about her brilliant comedy career, how becoming a mum affected her creativity, and the time she threw a pound coin at Mark Owen. We hear about Isy's experience of giving birth, and she tells us what NOT to pack in your hospital bag. There's some chat about Ellie's damp problem, judging other people, and why street food is bunkum. You can follow Isy on Twitter...


Episode 131: 5th Anniversary with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd

The Scummy Mummies Podcast is five years old! And to celebrate we have two very special guests - Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd! We find out how losing the 2015 general election changed Ed's family life for the better. He shares his number one piece of parenting advice, while Geoff tells us how to cheat McDonald's out of extra chicken nuggets. There's a game, a song, and some Scummy Mummy Confessions from Ed and Geoff. They host the brilliant Reasons to be Cheerful Podcast, and you can...


Episode 130: Stuart Goldsmith on fatherhood, funniness and Julia f***ing Donaldson

HE'S BACK! Last time we had comedian Stuart Goldsmith on the podcast, he couldn't wait to become a dad. Now that dream is a reality, he talks honestly and hilariously about just how hard fatherhood can be. We talk about the mental load, the challenges of going from one to two kids, and how Stuart's wife is basically right about everything. There's also a bit of chat about overcoming anxiety, and staying focused and creative when negative thoughts creep in. Then we discuss Stuart's ace...


Episode 129: Living Danishly with Helen Russell

Why are the Danes so happy? How can Van Halen get you through tough times with small children? And what would it be like to have sex with Craig David? We answer all these questions with the help of our brilliant guest, Helen Russell! She talks about why she moved from the UK to Denmark and her ace book on the subject, The Year of Living Danishly.We discuss why the Danes are so hot, and why their divorce rate is so high (surprisingly these things are unrelated.) There's also some chat about...


Episode 128: How to Drink Less with Rosamund Dean

What's the best way to cut down on your drinking? Why do mums like wine so much, anyway? And what is the collective noun for members of All Saints? Answering all these questions and more is Rosamund Dean, author of Mindful Drinking! She tells her how her own experiences as a mum on the sauce led her to write the book, and Ellie and Helen discuss how it's changed their lives. We find out whether we're Abstainers or Moderators, and why it matters when you're trying to drink less. There are...


Episode 127: Fiction writing, Fortnite and Fannies with Keith Stuart

HE'S BACK! Last time we had Keith Stuart on the podcast, he was just some guy who'd written a book. Now he is a best-selling novelist, famous all over the globe, and a close personal friend of Richard Madeley! OK that's a bit of an exaggeration, but he did get to meet Richard and Judy, and we get to hear all about that. There's also some chat about Days of Wonder, Keith's brilliant new book, which is out now. In a bid to be topical we talk about Fortnite, the video game that all the kids...


Episode 126: Grease Special with Frenchy aka Didi Conn

Attention Grease fans! This episode features the amazing Didi Conn, who played Frenchy in the movie! She tells us what went on behind the scenes - why was Rizzo hacked off with Kenickie in real life? Who gave who an actual hickie? Which scene did the entire cast fart their way through? We find out all this and more! We also talk about the challenges Didi faced while raising a son on the autism spectrum, and what advice she has for parents going through the same thing. Plus we discover...


Episode 125: Live from Nepal!

The Scummy Mummies Podcast has taken us to some exotic places - North London, Cardiff, Stacey Solomon's house. But this episode is extra special, because it was recorded in NEPAL! We spent a week there with the amazing charity Practical Action, who are working hard to improve the lives of people living in poverty. For the first part of this ep, we sat down with some mums from a remote mountain village to find out what their lives are like. We won't fanny about, so to speak - these...


Episode 124: Mumsnet Founder Justine Roberts

In this episode we chat to Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts. We find out what it was like to start a business with one year-old twins, when she knew it would be a success, and what she really thought of the penis beaker thing. We discuss how Justine got the whole idea in the first place, and what she does to keep herself sane when things get too hectic. Plus there's some biscuit chat. The Scummy Mummies book is OUT NOW! We hope you like it, and if you do, we'd love an Amazon...


Episode 123: Grief Special with Cariad Lloyd

Our guest for this ep is the fab Cariad Lloyd - comedian, mum, and host of the brilliant Griefcast podcast. We talk about her experience of losing her Dad when she was 15, and why she started Griefcast. We get some practical tips about what to say to someone who's grieving, and suggestions for things you can do to help them through. It's all funnier than it sounds, honest. There's also some chat about Cariad's comedy career, which has included appearances in QI and Peep Show, plus what...


Episode 122: Sex Special with Dr Pam

How often should we have sex? What's the best way to get stuck in if you haven't done it for a while? And what on earth is a projob? Answering all these questions is amazing sex therapist Dr Pam Spurr! There's chat about everything from fake orgasms and roleplay to remote control vibrators. Dr Pam presents us with an array of sex toys to play with, Ellie gets lubed up, and we find out what Helen's S&M name would be. Dr Pam is also a childcare expert, so she reveals the two biggest problems...


Episode 121: Jeremy Vine Special

Jeremy Vine. Man. Father. Radio star. Strictly contestant. Absolute legend. And now... Guest on the Scummy Mummies Podcast! In this frankly momentous episode, Jeremy gives us some nuggets of parenting wisdom and reveals why he's not allowed to tell his brother Tim's jokes. There's a serious bit as he talks about his time as a war correspondent, and plays us some actual audio of someone trying to kill him. But then it's daft old business as usual as we chat about winding up vegans and...


Episode 120: Officially Amazing's Haruka Kuroda

In this episode we meet TV presenter, black belt, and Guinness World Record holder Haruka Kuroda! She tells us all about her adventures as the star of CBBC's Officially Amazing, and playing Noodle in The Gorillaz. We discuss the challenges of trying to raise a bilingual child, and the differences in parenting culture between the UK and Japan. Then it's back to the usual silliness as Ellie and Helen try to break a world record which involves stuffing wine gums into an orifice. We chat...


Episode 119: Go 8 Bit Special with Sam and Steve

For this episode we're joined by comedy duo Steve McNeil and Sam Pamphilon. They're the creators of hit TV show Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit, which also stars our very own Ellie Gibson! We discover how they became a double act, how the show came into being, and which celebrity guests have been their favourite. Ellie tells a hilarious showbiz anecdote about the time she had a row with Gregg Wallace about crisps. Then it's time for some Dad Chat. Sam explains why children are like Macbooks,...


Episode 118: Meshel Laurie on Buddhism, brothels, and Harold Bishop

She's a world famous comedian, a best-selling author, and a good mate of the Dalai Lama - it's Meshel Laurie! She tells us all about her latest book, Buddhism for the Unbelievably Busy, and offers some tips for coping with the chaos of everyday life. We find out how Buddhism helped Meshel through her divorce, and what goes on at a Buddhist board meeting. There's some chat about her career, which has included everything from performing at the Sydney opera house and working in a brothel...


Episode 117: Cancer Special with Bowel Babe

In this episode we meet Deborah James, aka Bowel Babe, who is currently going through intensive chemotherapy after being diagnosed with late stage cancer. And we have a right old laugh! Deborah tells us what it was like to receive her diagnosis, and how she's sharing the news with her kids. We find out that chemo isn't like in the movies, and discover that like most things, it's more bearable with wine. There's some serious chat about Deborah's views on mortality and how she looks to the...


Episode 116: The Supermum Myth with Dr Rachel and Anya

There's no such thing as a perfect mum, so why do so many of us keep trying to be one? This episode is all about learning to overcome anxiety, ditch the guilt, and embrace imperfection. Helping us out are psychologist Dr Rachel Andrew and writer Anya Hayes, author of The Supermum Myth. They give us loads of practical tips for becoming a happier mum, and we cover all sorts of topics from childbirth and post-natal depression to nits and brass bands. We round off with a bumper set of Scummy...


Episode 115: Classical Music Special with Clemency Burton-Hill

What's the best age to start learning an instrument? Can you make kids musical? And what kind of vajazzle would the host of the BBC Proms go for? Answering all these questions is Clemency Burton-Hill! She tells us all about her love of music, which covers everything from Back and Mendelssohn to Take That and UK garage. We talk about her brilliant book, Year of Wonder, which recommends a piece of classical music to listen to every day. Year of Wonder is out now, and comes highly...