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.
Episode 113: Anxiety Special with Clemmie Telford and Anna Williamson

Episode 113: Anxiety Special with Clemmie Telford and Anna Williamson

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.
Episode 112: Fashion Chat with Style Me Sunday

Episode 112: Fashion Chat with Style Me Sunday

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 SundayShe 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.
Episode 111: Every Muslim needs a Muslin with Dr Afrosa

Episode 111: Every Muslim needs a Muslin with Dr Afrosa

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.

Episode 110: Meet the Hoopers - it's MOD and FOD, Clemmie and Simon!

Episode 110: Meet the Hoopers - it's MOD and FOD, Clemmie and Simon!

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.
Episode 109: Beauty and books with Lindsey Kelk

Episode 109: Beauty and books with Lindsey Kelk

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.
Episode 108: Comedy and Pregnancy with Croft and Pearce

Episode 108: Comedy and Pregnancy with Croft and Pearce

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.
Episode 107: Food Chat with Thomasina Miers

Episode 107: Food Chat with Thomasina Miers

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!
Episode 106: Family Days Out with Jimi Famurewa

Episode 106: Family Days Out with Jimi Famurewa

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! 
Episode 105: Running Special with Ruth Field

Episode 105: Running Special with Ruth Field

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. 
Jenny Eclair Scummy Mummies Podcast

Episode 104: Jenny Eclair Special

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.
Episode 103: Mindful Parenting with Dr Genevieve Von Lob

Episode 103: Mindful Parenting with Dr Genevieve Von Lob

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.
Episode 101: Marriage, mastectomy and menopause with Alice Evans

Episode 101: Marriage, mastectomy and menopause with Alice Evans

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!
 
Episode 100: Dara O Briain Special

Episode 100: Dara O Briain Special

May 30 2017
WE ARE ONE HUNDRED! And to celebrate we have a very special guest - it's hilarious comedian DARA O BRIAIN!
 
Episode 99: Lists, Instagram and Oxfam with Clemmie Telford

Episode 99: Lists, Instagram and Oxfam with Clemmie Telford

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!
 
Episode 98: Giovanna Fletcher Special

Episode 98: Giovanna Fletcher Special

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.
 
Episode 97: Birth Rights Special with Rebecca Schiller

Episode 97: Birth Rights Special with Rebecca Schiller

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?
 
Episode 96: DJ Special with Nikki Beatnik

Episode 96: DJ Special with Nikki Beatnik

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! 

Episode 95: Mother Pukka Special

Episode 95: Mother Pukka Special

March 21 2017
She's a social media sensation, a champion for flexible working, and close personal friends with Gloria Hunniford - it's megavlogger Mother Pukka!
 
We compare Caesarean scars, make jokes about bacterial vaginosis, and explain why everyone needs a c***ometer. There's also some serious talk about miscarriage, and Pukka tells us an amazing fact about herself.
Episode 94: Scummy Mummies Book Special with Jo Elvin

Episode 94: Scummy Mummies Book Special with Jo Elvin

March 7 2017
It's shameless plug time, as Ellie and Helen discuss their new Scummy Mummies book! And keeping them in check is fabulous Glamour editor Jo Elvin! 

The Scummies reveal how they met, how they got their book deal, and how much wine they consumed during the writing process. Plus, find out why they have to keep their famous catsuits in a hermetically sealed bag. 
Episode 93: Mother of Daughters Special with Clemmie Hooper

Episode 93: Mother of Daughters Special with Clemmie Hooper

February 21 2017
Our guest for this ep is midwife, author, and instagram sensation Clemmie Hooper, otherwise known as Mother of Daughters! 

She tells us how she managed to write her book, How to Grow a Baby and Push it Out, while looking after twin babies. We find out what it's like to have four small children, and what it is Clemmie has finally forgiven Keira Knightley for.
Episode 92: Bryony Gordon talks Mental Health, Marathons and Mammaries.

Episode 92: Bryony Gordon talks Mental Health, Marathons and Mammaries.

February 6 2017
Time to welcome back one of our favourite guests - it's writer, mental health campaigner and absolute hoot Bryony Gordon!
She tells us all about her new book, Mad Girl, which is out now. There's some Fitness Chat - Bryony tells us how she got into running, and how she deals with temptation. We discuss the importance of talking about mental health, and the struggles new parents often face. Then we move onto the really serious issues like Take That and what Kate Middleton smells like.
Episode 91: Bridget Jones's Podcast with Sharon Maguire

Episode 91: Bridget Jones's Podcast with Sharon Maguire

January 24 2017
In this episode we meet Sharon Maguire, the real life Shazzer from Bridget Jones's Diary! She also directed the Bridget movies, so there's some chat about that.
 
We find out what it's like to be actual best mates with Helen Fielding, and discuss Sharon's experience of being an older mum. Then she shares a Scummy Mummy Confession that will make her husband wince.
Episode 90: Food and Italy Special

Episode 90: Food and Italy Special

January 10 2017
What's the best way to cook with kids? How do you make the best Bolognese? And do Italian mamas ever just give their children chicken nuggets?
 
To answer all these questions we have actual Italians Caterina, Laura and Francesca! They are the authors of My Little Sous-Chef, a tandem cookbook that makes it easy for kids and parents to prepare food together.