Well, we weren’t ready for that: the second series of BBC2 comedy Mum ended not only with plenty of smiles, but a good few tears, too.
The emotional ending saw 60-year-old widow Cathy (Lesley Manville) revealing her love for lifelong friend Michael (Peter Mullan) with a heartfelt speech: “I’d love to look at you and not notice your eyes. I’d love to go to bed at night and not think about you. I adore you.”
And later those watching at home couldn’t hold back the tears as the two held hands at the bottom of Cathy’s garden…
— Chelsea Halfpenny (@ChelseaHP) March 28, 2018
Nothing comes close to the sheer brilliance of #Mum on BBC2. Subtle, endearing and brilliantly acted. It should win every comedy award going.
— Rob Nathan (@BobbyNathan) March 20, 2018
Love love love #mum in BBC2. Best TV this year. Beautiful comedy. Cathy & Michael forever xx
— Liz Wesson (@Lizwesson) March 28, 2018
— Jack Rafferty (@JackRaff) March 27, 2018
And viewers were quick to praise Manville and Mullan for their powerful performances:
— Peter Manning❄️ (@urbanfox93) March 28, 2018
@Lesley_Manville absolutely amazing show. Every second on screen is magic #mumbbc
— Ian Richardson (@IanRichardson47) March 28, 2018
Wasn't it brilliant? Such a great series. Can't wait for the final series. I actually think Lesley Manville's acting in #mumbbc is better than in #PhantomThread for which she received an #Oscars2018 nomination.
— Steve Rafferty (@steveraff65) March 28, 2018
— Cam (@Foxton_Peacocks) March 28, 2018
And the best bit? Mum will return for a third series – we’ve still got plenty of Michael and Cathy to come next year.