April 21 2015
How do you cook the perfect baked potato? What's a good midweek dinner party menu? And what do you cook for tea when you're married to TV food critic Giles Coren? Our guest Esther Walker answers all these questions and more.
April 6 2015
This episode features Helen Neale, the woman behind the popular blog and free reward charts website Kiddycharts.com.
March 23 2015
This episode features Stuart Goldsmith - host of hit podcast The Comedian's Comedian, CBBC star and former Loose Women warm-up man.
March 10 2015
**ADULTS ONLY!** What's the number one thing new mums should know? How do you write a best-selling book? Who is more sweary, Annabel Karmel or Cheryl Fernandez-Versini?
February 22 2015
This episode is being released to mark LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week, which runs from 2 - 8 March. We're joined on the podcast by Carolyn Robertson, who tells us about life with wife Vicky and sons Biff and Buster. Plus we hear about her new book, Two Dads, and her blog, Sparkly Poo.
February 10 2015
Our guest for this episode is actor and writer Jessica Pidsley, who tells us about her experience of postpartum psychosis. We discuss how she came through it, what warning signs to look for, and why you should never watch Deal or No Deal if you're psychotic.
January 27 2015
Which cool films are coming out in 2015? What is the right age to take kids to the cinema? How does a middle-aged dad from Stockport end up in a hotel room with Tom Hanks?
January 13 2015
**ADULTS ONLY!** This episode features swears! Including the worst one!
How is childbirth different the second time around? What's the best way to introduce your older child to the new baby? Why would anyone knit stuff out of a placenta?
December 30 2014
In this episode, Ellie discusses the surprise early arrival of her new baby, Joe. He's still in hospital but doing great. (And even better since this show was recorded - we're expecting him home within a few weeks.)
December 16 2014
Merry Christmas! It's the Scummy Mummies Podcast, with bells on (LITERALLY, thanks to amazing technical wizard Rob Sedgebeer, who made the theme tune all festive for us.)
This episode was recorded two days before Ellie went into early labour, which is why she still mentions being pregnant in it! Her little boy, Joe, is doing great. More updates soon!
December 1 2014
What's the best advice for new dads? Who will win X-Factor? What kind of toilet paper does Nigella use? We attempt to answer all these questions and more in this episode of The Scummy Mummies Podcast.
November 18 2014
This episode covers a wide range of topics, from Roald Dahl and chocolate to Catford and Helen's sex life. Our special guest is Guardian columnist Lucy Mangan, who tells us what her husband really thinks about being called Toryboy.
November 4 2014
Which are the best apps for entertaining kids? How much screen time is too much? What exciting gadgets are coming soon? When do we get hoverboards? All these questions and more are answered in this TECH SPECIAL!
October 21 2014
This episode features Dawn Isaac, award-winning gardener, author and perhaps most excitingly, FRIEND OF MR BLOOM.
October 7 2014
What do you get if you cross an Australian vicar, a comedian from south-east London and several bottles of Sainsbury's cheapest Merlot? That's right, it's the latest episode of The Scummy Mummies Podcast!
September 23 2014
The Scummy Mummies are 30! In their dreams. Joining us to celebrate our 30th episode is a very special guest - comedian Kerry Godliman, off the telly.
Kerry stars in the Ricky Gervais sitcom Derek. She has also appeared in Michael McIntyre's Roadshow, Miranda and most recently on Kevin Bridges: Live at the Referendum.
September 9 2014
We celebrate all things paternal on this episode with the help of stand-up comedian Kent Valentine, plus a special cameo by Ellie's dad.
Kent reveals his strategies for coping with three children under the age of five. There's a chat about meditation, and Helen reveals some strong opinions about Russell Brand.
August 26 2014
Ever wondered what wine goes with fish fingers? Is it really worth spending a tenner instead of a fiver? And what's the best way to avoid hangovers? We answer all these questions and more with the help of wine expert Helen McGinn.
August 12 2014
The Scummy Mummies podcast reaches new lows this episode as we insult our guest's children, spend ages talking about poo and debate whether it's OK to show your husband your "bum grapes".
July 28 2014
It's our birthday! And we have a very special guest joining us to celebrate. One year ago, on the first ever episode of The Scummy Mummies Podcast, we reviewed Viv Groskop's brilliant book I Laughed, I Cried. Now we chat to Viv herself, live from the Latitude festival.
July 14 2014
This episode covers everything from lesbianism to Leerdammer. Our special guest is Kerry Leigh, comedian, poet and cheese impressionist. She tells us all about her rainbow family and how she got her start in stand-up. Helen gets confused about the correct way to pronounce "labia", and Ellie tries her hand at misogyny.
July 1 2014
Dancing, shouting, mud baths, raw sewage - in many ways, music festivals are just large-scale children's parties. So we're celebrating the start of the season with DJ Amanda Gettrup, who'll be appearing at Camp Bestival next month.
June 17 2014
WARNING: This episode is for adults only. That's probably true of all of them, to be honest, but definitely don't listen to this while in the vicinity of small children, unless you fancy an afternoon trying to explain what lube is.
June 2 2014
Stay-at-home dad Steve Hill returns as our "special" guest this episode. With father's day coming up we talk about what it means to be a dad, but of course it's not long before the whole thing descends into nonsense.
May 20 2014
The guests on this episode are the ladies behind fab new kids' lolly range Claudi & Fin. Lucy Woodhouse and Meriel Durand discuss the challenges of starting a business while raising small children. Listen in to find out how they juggle meeting the head of Sainsbury's with picking poo off the stairs.
May 6 2014
On this episode we're joined by Peter Mattessi, scriptwriter for Neighbours and Eastenders. He tells us what goes on behind the scenes, reveals the storyline they won't let him write and explains how soaps have been forced to adapt to viewers' changing attitudes towards bums.
April 22 2014
There's some Serious Chat in this episode, as regular guest Nurse Jessie joins us to talk about the tricky topic of discipline. Does smacking work? Is a bribe better than a threat? Plus: Jessie reveals her top tip for swift potty training. (Spoiler: it's not something they teach at nurse school.)
April 8 2014
Nutritionist and dietitian Jo Travers is our guest on this episode. She covers everything from weaning and getting toddlers to eat vegetables to grown-up subjects, such as: how much wine is too much wine? (Spoiler: less than the amount that was consumed during the recording of this podcast.)
March 24 2014
Comedian, mum and Katy Perry impersonator extraordinaire Abigail Burdess is our guest on this episode. She discusses the challenges of balancing parenthood with being hilarious and writing a hit musical.
March 11 2014
Novelist Laura Kemp is our guest on this episode, which was recorded on location in lovely Cardiff. She talks discusses her popular books, Mums Like Us and Mums on Strike, and reveals how she balances writing, motherhood and a serious Lego habit.
February 24 2014
Ellie and John educate Helen about those classic British cultural touchstones, Going for Gold and Fray Bentos pies. Helen reveals her secret recipe for carbonara (spoiler: stock up on Kraft cheese slices). There's some chat about the joys of living in South East London and we round off, as always, with some Scummy Mummy Confessions.
February 11 2014
This episode's special guest is Clemmie Hooper, midwife, mum and author of the hit blog, Gas and Air. Her recent blog post on 'The Truth About Maternity Leave' went viral, so we chat about that and get some top tips for birth and beyond.
January 28 2014
This episode stars the wonderful Dr Greg Schwager. He talks about being a new dad, a gay dad, a doctor dad and a very tired dad, often all at the same time. Helen exploits the occasion of having a fellow Australian on the podcast by making Ellie eat some national delicacies, and Ellie nearly throws up.
January 14 2014
Get out the glowsticks and the disco biscuits - all right, the breadsticks and the rich tea biscuits - it's a RAVE SPECIAL! Our special guest is Hannah Saunders, founder of Big Fish, Little Fish. She runs family dance parties where parents can party like it's 1992, and kids can experience all the fun of raving. Well, most of the fun.
January 3 2014
It's the Scummy Mummies New Year Special! Featuring stay-at-home dad Steve Hill as our "special" guest. We take a look back at the year's top stories, i.e. we pretend to know anything at all about current affairs as an excuse to do horsemeat and Nigella jokes. Ellie tells an amusing anecdote about being pregnant in Greggs, Helen explains why death can be a positive thing and Steve watches the darts.
December 16 2013
Our special guest is Charlotte Forfieh, the brains behind the brilliant blog Pram On Rye. We get up to all sorts of Christmas nonsense, including mince pie tasting (Lidl vs Waitrose!), gift recommendations (nipple tassles!) and carol singing (don't worry, just the one).