This episode was recorded LIVE at the Birmingham Podcast Festival in front of an actual audience. We cover everything from Brazilians and body image to managing the work-life balance.
There's some chat about motherhood, and Clementine explains how the experience of giving birth strengthened her commitment to fighting for abortion rights. We get some practical advice about raising our children to be feminists and the best baby shower gift you can give, plus we discover an unexpected link between Brussel sprouts and anal sex.
Our guest for this episode is TV legend Tess Daly! She tells us how she went from getting spotted outside McDonald's to hosting Strictly Come Dancing.
We talk about her strategies for raising two kids, from teaching babies to sleep to dealing with teenagers, and how she tries to balance work and family. There's also some chat about internet safety, and Tess's work with the NSPCC and O2. For more on that topic, go to net-aware.org.uk.
She tells us all about rainchq, the company she set up to close the gender investing gap. We find out what women need to know about investing, and how Davinia's entire career was inspired by Working Girl.
Then it's time for Huq's life hacks, including an innovative way of hiding grey hairs. She share some showbiz stories about being attacked by East 17's dog, and going on Blockbusters with a member of Boyzone. (As promised, we can reveal the member in question was Keith Duffy.)
Our guest for this episode is comedy legend Arabella Weir! She tells us about being a single mum, dealing with teenagers, and how to survive being in the PTA.
There's some general chat about her career and the challenges of being a comedian who happens to own a vagina. We manage not to ask her if our bums look big in this, but we do find out about her time in The Fast Show, and how she feels about that catchphrase now.
We also discuss her career, which has spanned everything from working for Damien Hirst to designing erotic magazines and dog poo bags. Other topics include what it's like to run a business with your husband, and how to cope when your youngest child starts school.
She tells us what her kids think of celebrity lifestyle, and what it was like to bake a birthday cake for the Queen. We find out how many fish fingers she can eat in a row, and Nadiya shares some great life hacks for batch cooking, using up potato peelings and making mushy peas more exciting. We find out a way to hack pickled eggs that will change your life.
He tells us about being adopted at the age of eight, and what it was like to go from a children's home to boarding school. We hear about some of the racism he's faced over the course of his life, and the advice he's giving his son about growing up as a mixed race child.
Zoe joins us in the gardens of the Horniman Museum for a special outdoor recording. We talk about why we love a good park, and in Ellie's case, hate the beach.
Then it's time for video games chat! Keza is the games editor for The Guardian, so we pick her brains about screentime, age ratings, and what to do if your child decides they want to become a pro gamer. We also talk about YouTube, our favourite games for playing with kids, and how Eurovision destroys families.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.