Episode 149: It's Briony off of the Bake Off!

Episode 149: It's Briony off of the Bake Off!

April 16 2019
How do you get on The Great British Bake-Off? What's it like to be kissed by Noel Fielding and sworn at by Paul Hollywood? And where does Helen think her cakehole is? Helping us answer all these questions is Briony May Williams!

She reveals what it's really like inside the Bake-Off tent, and where to find the best chocolate cake recipe EVER. There's some chat about running, and we play a new game, Through the Cakehole. Plus we find out who's the best baker out of someone who came fourth in a famous televised national baking competition, and a pissed-up Australian who thinks self-raising flour is a plant that doesn't need watering.
Episode 148: Sophie Ellis-Bextor on pop music and premature babies

Episode 148: Sophie Ellis-Bextor on pop music and premature babies

April 2 2019
How did Sophie Ellis-Bextor offend an arena full of Take That fans? What's the worst lyric she's ever written? And why is she the Craig David of pregnancy? Answering all these questions is ACTUAL SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR!

We are also joined by her brand new baby, the lovely Micky! She tells us what it's like to be mum to five sons, while still managing to record a new album with a full orchestra.
Episode 147: How to be a Better Parent with Philippa Perry

Episode 147: How to be a Better Parent with Philippa Perry

March 19 2019
Is your child a Dandelion or an Orchid? What's the one piece of advice every new parent needs to hear? And how do you get kids to put their bloody shoes on? Answering these questions is brilliant psychotherapist Philippa Perry!

She tells us all about her fantastic new book, The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (And Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did). We talk about why our childhood experiences are so important when it comes to bringing up our own kids, and the best way to cope when they're driving you loopy.
Episode 146: Mel Giedroyc on comedy, motherhood, and Bake-Off

Episode 146: Mel Giedroyc on comedy, motherhood, and Bake-Off

March 4 2019
For this episode, we are joined by the amazing Mel Giedroyc - comedy hero, TV star and all-round absolute legend!

She doles out sage advice on everything from handling teenagers to performing at Edinburgh. We talk about the time she sang with Limahl in an airport, and cover other highbrow topics like weeing in the bath. Then it's time for the return of the segment no one asked or expected to hear again: Bin Chat.
Episode 145: Sex, relationships, and having a third child with Steph Douglas

Episode 145: Sex, relationships, and having a third child with Steph Douglas

February 19 2019
How important is sex to a good relationship? Why do we sometimes need to pull up the drawbridge? And what are the best and worst bits of having a third child? Answering all these questions is Steph Douglas, Instagram sensation and founder of Don't Buy Her Flowers!

She tells us what effect becoming outnumbered has had on her marriage, and why her husband described her third pregnancy as being a bit like Brexit. We talk about the biggest shock that comes with having a new baby, and how counselling can help with the rough patches.
Episode 144: Love, Loss and Laughter with Elle Wright

Episode 144: Love, Loss and Laughter with Elle Wright

February 5 2019
In this episode we chat to the lovely Elle about her son, Teddy, who died a few days after he was born. We talk grief, love, loss, and amazingly, manage to have a few laughs along the way.

Elle discusses her book, Ask Me His Name, and her blog, Feathering the Empty Nest. She tells us why she is sharing Teddy's story and what she wants other grieving parents to know.
Episode 143: Richard Herring talks parenting, comedy, and bins

Episode 143: Richard Herring talks parenting, comedy, and bins

January 22 2019
What's been Richard Herring's favourite moment on stage? Why did he break up with Stewart Lee? And why is he looking forward to his own death? Answering all these questions is actual Richard Herring!

He talks about being an older dad and whether he wishes he'd had kids earlier. We ask his advice about being in a double act, and he tells us why he thinks women comedians are better at it. We mull over controversial topics like mowing the lawn and loading the dishwasher, and introduce a fascinating new section, Bin Chat
Episode 142: Andrea McLean is On Fire

Episode 142: Andrea McLean is On Fire

January 8 2019
It's TV's Andrea McLean! She tells us how she went from weather girl to Loose Woman, what it's like meeting Oprah, and the best Michael Bublé story ever.

We get some advice on dealing with teenagers and getting through tough times. Andrea tells us the two things she wishes she'd known before she started the menopause, and we find out Alexa's views on Brexit.
Episode 141: Ortis Deley talks gadgets and vadgets

Episode 141: Ortis Deley talks gadgets and vadgets

December 25 2018
Our guest for this episode is Ortis Deley, off of CBBC and The Gadget Show! He tells us about how he manages tech time in his house, the best and stupidest gadgets he's ever seen, and whether we really need a wet wipe warmer.

We go behind the scenes on the Smash Hits Roadshow, and find out what happened the night Kerry met Brian. Ortis discusses how he feels about having a second child, and reveals his top mobile phone picks for 2019.
Episode 140: A Very Boozy Christmas

Episode 140: A Very Boozy Christmas

December 11 2018
What have been the highlights of 2018? What was Helen's most embarrassing moment? How do you use anal sex to get out of cooking the turkey? We answer all these questions and more in our bumper Christmas podcast!

Joining us on the couch are Nurse Jessie and Steve Hill, as is the custom. They can get very lonely at this time of year. We hear all about Steve's book, The Card, which is out now and makes a great gift for anyone who likes football and/or laughing.
Episode 139: Mutiple Sclerosis, parenting and Primark proposals

Episode 139: Mutiple Sclerosis, parenting and Primark proposals

November 27 2018
On the day his daughter took her first steps, Christian Donlan was told he had Multiple Sclerosis. In this episode, he and his wife Sarah Lea discuss the issues around trying to parent while coming to terms with the diagnosis. Honestly, it's more fun than it sounds.
 
Christian tells us about his book, The Unmapped Mind, and how being told you have MS is a bit like being William Shatner in an episode of Columbo. We discuss whether the diagnosis affected their decision not to have a second child, and why Christian proposed in Primark after only a month.
Episode 138: Sex, self-love and being a boss with Kemi Telford

Episode 138: Sex, self-love and being a boss with Kemi Telford

November 13 2018

How do you raise strong girls? What's the best way to avoid Mum Guilt? What term would Nigerians use to describe teabagging? Answering all these questions is the amazing Kemi Telford!

We talk about how she started her own business and why she moved to the UK. There's some chat about discussing sex with kids, and why we should all stand in front of the mirror naked. We play a new game, Every Hole's a Goal, and Ellie discovers her children may be Nigerian.

Episode 137: Bricking it with Lego Masters' Matthew Ashton

Episode 137: Bricking it with Lego Masters' Matthew Ashton

October 31 2018
He's the star of hit TV show Lego Masters, the exec producer of the Lego movies, and he INVENTED UNIKITTY - it's the amazing Matthew Ashton! He tells us who Unikitty is modelled on and how to correctly pronounce Ninjago. We get all the gossip on the new series of Lego Masters and the second film, plus a gift that makes us cry. There's also some chat about Ben Fogle's four dishwashers.
Episode 136: Midult Special - books, beauty, solo parenting and shardigans

Episode 136: Midult Special - books, beauty, solo parenting and shardigans

October 16 2018
How many times a day do you find yourself saying "I'm absolutely fine," when the truth is you're absolutely f***ed? What's wrong with the term "middle-aged"? Are we really all winging it? Or just whinging it?
 
Answering all these questions are the fabulous Annabel Rivkin and Emilie McMeekan, otherwise known as The Midult! They tell us all about their brilliant new book and multimedia empire.
Episode 135: Celebs and silliness with Magic FM's Tom Price

Episode 135: Celebs and silliness with Magic FM's Tom Price

October 2 2018
Our guest for this episode is the hilarious Tom Price - Magic FM DJ, father of two, and former voice of numerous hot beverage brands!

He tells us which song he secretly hates playing on Magic, and what he really thinks of Africa's Toto. We find out what it's like to work with Dawn French, Mariah Carey and Billie Piper, and to lose your job selling Nescafe to Terry Wogan. There is of course a stupid game, and we round off with some bumper Scummy Mummy Confessions.
Episode 134: Beer, France and Burt Reynolds with Tommy Barnes

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

September 18 2018
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 stupid game.
Episode 133: Swearing is Good For You with Dr Emma F***ing Byrne

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

September 3 2018
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 some sweary Scummy Mummy Confessions.
Episode 132: Isy Suttie on motherhood, comedy, and Take That

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

August 21 2018
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.
Episode 131: 5th Anniversary with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd

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

August 6 2018
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 follow them on Twitter @CheerfulPodcast and Ed Miliband @Ed_Miliband and Geoff Lloyd @GeoffLLoyd.
Episode 130: Stuart Goldsmith on fatherhood, funniness and Julia f***ing Donaldson

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

July 24 2018
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.
Episode 129: Living Danishly with Helen Russell

Episode 129: Living Danishly with Helen Russell

July 10 2018
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 how Helen wrote her new novel, Gone Viking, which is out now.
Episode 128: How to Drink Less with Rosamund Dean

Episode 128: How to Drink Less with Rosamund Dean

June 26 2018
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 also some practical tips for choosing a signature soft drink, thinking about booze as if it's cake, and following the free champagne rule.
Episode 127: Fiction writing, Fortnite and Fannies with Keith Stuart

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

June 11 2018
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.
Episode 126: Grease Special with Frenchy aka Didi Conn

Episode 126: Grease Special with Frenchy aka Didi Conn

May 29 2018

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 Didi's rules to live by.

Episode 125: Live from Nepal!

Episode 125: Live from Nepal!

May 15 2018
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.
Episode 124: Mumsnet Founder Justine Roberts

Episode 124: Mumsnet Founder Justine Roberts

May 2 2018
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.
Episode 123: Grief Special with Cariad Lloyd

Episode 123: Grief Special with Cariad Lloyd

April 17 2018
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.
Episode 122: Sex Special with Dr Pam

Episode 122: Sex Special with Dr Pam

March 31 2018
How often should we be having sex? What's the best way to reconnect 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. 
Episode 121: Jeremy Vine Special

Episode 121: Jeremy Vine Special

March 20 2018
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.
Episode 120: Officially Amazing's Haruka Kuroda

Episode 120: Officially Amazing's Haruka Kuroda

March 17 2018
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.
Episode 119: Go 8 Bit Special with Sam and Steve

Episode 119: Go 8 Bit Special with Sam and Steve

February 20 2018
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.
Episode 118: Meshel Laurie on Buddhism, brothels, and Harold Bishop

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

February 13 2018
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.
Episode 117: Cancer Special with Bowel Babe

Episode 117: Cancer Special with Bowel Babe

January 22 2018
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.
Episode 116: The Supermum Myth with Dr Rachel and Anya

Episode 116: The Supermum Myth with Dr Rachel and Anya

January 16 2018
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 Mummy Confessions.
Episode 115: Classical Music Special with Clemency Burton-Hill

Episode 115: Classical Music Special with Clemency Burton-Hill

December 26 2017
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.
Episode 114: Christmas 2017 with Steve Hill and Nurse Jessie

Episode 114: Christmas 2017 with Steve Hill and Nurse Jessie

December 12 2017
Ho ho ho! It's time to welcome back two of our most available friends, good old Nurse Jessie and Steve "bah humbug" Hill! In this Christmas special we reveal our highlights of 2017, including our favourite events, songs, food, and sex. Helen has a brand new game for us to play, and of course we enjoy the traditional Ham Review. Then it's time to round off with some festive Scummy Mummy Confessions.