The MUMBELIEVABLE podcast has properly launched on the world and I’m thrilled that some of our best-loved famous faces have come on to talk about their mumbelievable mums. I’m finding the sharing of my mum’s stories on a new platform to be incredibly cathartic and sometimes quite emotional. My gorgeous little mum who infuriated and inspired me in equal measure, would never have dreamed that she’d be the topic of conversation with some of the people she loved watching and listening to during her lifetime. She would have written their names on the spine of an old cassette tape when she recorded their radio shows or snippets off the telly and that would be that. Some of my guests have known or met Margaret Beldom and experienced her antics for themselves. Some haven’t met her, but they all say that they feel they’ve got to know her by hearing stories of her outrageous behaviour whilst revealing their own relationships with their mothers.

This podcast is proving to be a fascinating way into famous lives and more often than not, guests are loving the process of digging back into their mothers’ history, comparing notes and understanding more about how their own lives have been shaped by these mumbelievable women. Some in a good way, others more challenging.

So far we’ve featured the wonderful Su Pollard, who almost breaks down at the end of her episode talking about her lovely mum Hilda, Bobby Crush talking how his mum never let him do anything at home so he could concentrate on playing the piano and showbiz, Steve Nallon (aka Maggie thatcher on Spitting image) about the heartache of losing his mum at nine years old, Fuzz Townshend on his two mums; one tall and the other with achondroplasia, Shazia Mirza on how her mum is forever trying to marry her off and getting her to buy cheap jumpers from charity shops and the effervescent Kerry Howard (Russell Howard’s sister) on her fearless mum who’s suddenly got a career in TV and with whom she currently shares a house.

Tomorrow we’re releasing two more episodes; the wonderful comic actress and writer, Helen Lederer and the ex-That’s Life presenter and radio presenter Bill Buckley. Both episodes will have you laughing whilst reaching for the tissues. After these have landed we’ll be releasing new episodes fortnightly and the list of famous faces who’ve already signed up will amaze you. Actually, it amazes ME how people exclaim YES when I tentatively ask the question … “would you ever fancy coming on my MUMBELIEVABLE podcast to chat about your mum and hearing a few funny stories about mine?” Considering nobody gets paid, it’s a privilege to have such a positive response.

I hope you enjoy listening – all episodes are available on Spotify, Apple, Android and wherever you usually listen to podcasts. I’d massively appreciate it if you help this along by listening, sharing and recommending the podcast to everyone you know. Cheeky or what? I’ve never been one to demand or ask directly for favour-y things as through my life I’ve always been cross with people who’ve tried to blag tickets, autographs or charity celebrity appearances from me just because I’ve tended to work the well know faces. So, for once I’m asking you directly if you’d be up for helping. As you’ve signed up for new written blogs, perhaps you’d also sign up to the podcast which is an audio version of the blog with more laughs and a sprinkling of showbiz stardust. You can do this on whichever pod platform you fancy. If we hit 10,000 listens a month, we’ve “arrived” in pod land (a world I’m just getting to know) so I’m told.

For updates, there’s a MUMBELIEVABLE Podcast page on the website and while MUMBELIEVABLE is still a needy seedling, please throw water and fertiliser to help us grow. As Mum would have said, “Huggles darling, huggles.”

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