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The Bad Mother's Handbook was a one-off television drama based on the best-selling novel The Bad Mother's Handbook by Kate Long. It was broadcast on ITV on 19 February 2007, starring Catherine Tate, Anne Reid, Holly Grainger and Robert Pattinson. According to BARB, the show received strong viewing figures of 6.09 million.[1]

The Bad Mother's Handbook
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The Bad Mother's Handbook DVD Cover
StarringCatherine Tate
Anne Reid
Holly Grainger
Robert Pattinson
Theme music composerMark Russell
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes1
Executive producer(s)Hugo Heppell
Alison Owen
Producer(s)Harry Oulton
Sascha Schneider
Running time90 minutes
Production company(s)Ingenious Broadcasting
Ruby Television
Original networkITV, STV, UTV
Picture format16:9 576i
Audio formatStereo
Original release19 February 2007 (2007-02-19)


Karen (Catherine Tate) is a mother in her thirties, raising teenaged Charlotte (Holly Grainger). Karen's mother Nan (Ann Reid) is suffering from Alzheimer’s.

American remakeEdit

In 2008, ABC was developing a pilot known as Bad Mother's Handbook to star Alicia Silverstone, Megan Mullally and Alia Shawkat, but it was not picked up.[2]

The DVD ReleaseEdit

The British version, starring Catherine Tate, was released on 24 August 2010.


  1. ^ "Broadcasters' Audience Research Board, weekly viewing summaries".
  2. ^ Amanda MacArthur (21 April 2008). "Alicia Silverstone Starring in Bad Mother's Handbook For ABC".

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