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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 29 2017
How do you know if you suffer from anxiety? What does a panic attack feel like? Is Instagram affecting our mental health? How long should you wait before sleeping with your personal trainer? Answering these questions are the amazing Clemmie Telford and Anna Williamson! They share their experiences of anxiety - how it all began for them, how it changed with motherhood, and how they've learned to cope. There are some practical tips for what you can do and what you should avoid if you want to look after your mental health. And, of course, there's a bit of filth and some jokes about pooing.
November 14 2017
She's a stylist, a mother, an ex-midwife, and a woman with strong opinons about jogging bottoms - it's Instagram sensation Natalie Lee, otherwise known as Style Me Sunday! She tells us how she got where she is today, and why she thinks it's important to have a creative output after you have a baby. We go on to cover a wide range of topics including diversity, tomboys, worst fashion disasters, and whether you should shave your front bottom before you give birth.
October 31 2017
Do kids need vitamin pills? Are smartphones really as addictive as heroin? And how are Muslim parents supposed to stop terrorism when they can't even get children to put their shoes on? Answering all these questions and more is Dr Afrosa Ahmed! She tells us about her work as a GP and her life as a mum to three boys. We get her top doctor's tips for raising kids, and discover why Instagram Wrist is the new Tennis Elbow.
October 19 2017
This episode features two amazing guests - Clemmie and Simon Hooper, otherwise known as Mother and Father of Daughters!
They tell us how they became Instagram sensations, and what it's like to be famous while still holding down your job as a midwife or whatever it is Simon does. There's some hosiery chat, in which Simon explains why he hates socks. We also discuss why most of his followers are women, and whether he can actually tell his twins apart.
October 5 2017
Are expensive face creams worth the money? What are the best beauty products on the high street? Is botox b****cks? Answering all these questions is the fantastic novelist and beauty expert, Lindsey Kelk!
Although she's originally from Doncaster, Lindsey now lives in LA, so we chat about life under Trump. We discover how she began her literary career (writing the Girls Aloud annual), and how she went on to become a best-selling novelist.
September 18 2017
They're comedians, they're mums, and they're a hilarious double act - that's right, it's Croft and Pearce! They tell us how they met, how they got their Radio 4 series, and how they ended up pregnant at exactly the same time.
We also play a brand new game, Mrs & Mrs. Find out whether Croft knows Pearce's middle name, who Gibson thinks should play Thorn in a movie of her life, and everyone's favourite sexual position.
September 5 2017
How do you eat well on a budget? Why are diets so rubbish? What is wrong with people who think it's acceptable to put pineapple on a pizza? Answering these questions is the amazing Thomasina Miers!
August 9 2017
How do you have a great family day out? Where are the best places to go? And how do you survive the whole thing without going absolutely bonkers? To answer all these questions we have the hilarious Jimi Famurewa!
August 9 2017
Our guest is Ruth Field, author of the brilliant Run, Fat Bitch, Run, which is out now. She tells us what gets her off the couch, why running can have mental health benefits, and why she doesn't think exercise has to be fun.
We find out how Ruth helped Helen run her first 5K, and Helen reveals her top running songs. There's also some chat about Ruth's career as a criminal barrister, which mainly involves a lot of reminiscing about This Life.
July 24 2017
Our guest for this episode is the wonderful comedian, writer and mum, Jenny Eclair!
She tells us what she's learned in 28 years of parenting, and why she thinks all unruly London children should be sent up north for a bit.
July 11 2017
Mindfulness: actual science, or hippy dippy nonsense? How do you stay in the moment if the moment's sh**? And what's the best way to increase your sex drive? Answering all these questions is the brilliant Dr Genevieve Von Lob! She's the author of the ace 5 Deep Breaths: The Power of Mindful Parenting, which is out now. We talk about some of the issues she covers in the book including how to be a more confident parent, and the importance of being kind to yourself.
June 13 2017
You might not think that having your boobs removed and your ovaries taken out are the funniest subjects for a podcast - but this episode will prove you wrong!
May 30 2017
WE ARE ONE HUNDRED! And to celebrate we have a very special guest - it's hilarious comedian DARA O BRIAIN!
May 16 2017
Making lists, managing screen time, coping with debt, deciding which animals look like which biscuits - we cover all these topics and more with the brilliant Clemmie Telford!
May 2 2017
Our guest for this episode is the fabulous Giovanna Fletcher, author of the ace Happy Mum, Happy Baby. We discuss her book, find out how she got started, and discuss the tricky but important issues surrounding hotpants and flip flops.
April 18 2017
What is a doula? Why do birth rights matter? And how would Ellie guide someone through a difficult labour with the help of a Pepperami?
April 4 2017
She's been a DJ for nearly three decades, she's Kelis's best mate, and she was once pushed out of G-A-Y in a wheelchair while eight months pregnant - it's the amazing Nikki Beatnik!