Mumsnets ‘Bad Mother’ web series | Is it a load of Bollocks?

Today marks the launch of a new web series launched on Mumsnet called ‘Bad Mother’, the first episode is called ‘Other People’s Children’. It promises to relate to stay at home mums (and Dads!) playing the parenting game, with story lines that could almost come out of their forums.

When I initially read that the script was very sweary I had concerns that this would be a low budget production with attempts to score points with bad taste puns. I was immediately proved wrong (to my delight) when the script was sincere and delivered in an incredibly natural way by actress Laura Patch and Kevin Bishop who features as her husband.

This first episode tackles the funny yet challenging topic of other peoples children. Future episodes include, ‘Default Parent’, ‘Just a Mum’, ‘Playdate’, ‘Babysitter’ and ‘Benign Neglect’

Watch the first episode below (be sure to subscribe to Mumsnet on Youtube to get notified as to when each new episode goes live) and check back here and submit your star rating above and you thoughts below in the comments section!

 

 

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Edit 03/07/2017 :

So I’ve just sat down and watched the second episode in the series, ‘Default Parent’ which is a comments on the dynamic between parents, specifically whose responsibility it is for certain tasks i.e cooking the children’s meals, taking them to the dentist, swimming lessons etc. I have to admit if this was the first episode I might not have been so quick to click those 4+ stars.

The setting and performance as before is excellent quality however the way in which the writers have tackled the subject seems to me to be rather sexist and done so to grab some easy laughs. Throughout the five minute piece the ‘men’ get a slating for not picking up the slack or in the case of the Bad Mother, taking total responsibility as she glugs her way through a large glass of pinot (during the day, with the children present, no less). The comments seem to me to be to generic and not focussed on the suggested short falls of the men in the key characters lives. Grandma (over the phone) suggests that ‘new age’ Fathers who want to be friends with their children is all wrong and should distance themselves like the generation of men before.

OK its fiction but fiction based on a stereotype written to connect to a specific audience.  A disappointing second episode but you can made your own mind up by watching it and letting me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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4 Responses

  1. Mark says:

    Now I’m showing my age. Web series? I’ve only just found the iPlayer!

    Quite funny though, shall have to watch another (I probably won’t, unless it appears in the Radio Times I’ll never know it’s on!)

    Love the site by the way.

  2. John Adams says:

    Interesting. I wonder if this is some sort of reaction to that Daily Mail article? I’ll watch some of these over the weekend. thanks for bringing Bad Mother to my attention.
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