The Bad Mother's Handbook (2007)

TV Movie  |  PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  19 February 2007 (UK)
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Karen Cooper wants to domineer her family and believes she's its pillar. In fact she does everything wrong. Thus she messes up all their lives and futures, rather then help her loved-ones.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Cooper (as Holly Grainger)
Steve Cooper
Angela Murray ...
Doctor Gale
Caroline Harding ...
Kirsty Leigh Porter ...
Anya (as Kirsty L. Porter)
Natascha Edwards ...
Martin Reeve ...


Daniel (Robert Pattinson) has been spending a lot of time with his crush, Charlotte, who has just learned she is pregnant. Daniel helps Charlotte with her pregnancy struggles and finds himself on a memorable 9-month journey with three independent, outspoken women. Through the tears, laughter and love this dysfunctional family find a way to sticks it out together. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language, thematic elements and some smoking | See all certifications »

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19 February 2007 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Das Handbuch für Rabenmütter  »

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£2,000,000 (estimated)

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Daniel Gale: You know medieval women...uh...used to chew willow twigs for the pain. Contains a natural aspirin apparently.
Charlie Cooper: [shouting] Are you completely barking?
Daniel Gale: Barking, mad as a dog.
[fills in crossword puzzle]
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19 February 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

An outstanding TV drama. Catherien Tate truly shows that she is not just a one trick pony. Her performance is well considered and not over the top, a genius at work.

The storyline is the strength of this drama. Three generations of women who struggle to come terms with their own problems is the main crux of the action.

As mentioned above Catherien Tate excels as a frustrated single parent. The supporting cast is truly outstanding as well, both the Gran and Daughter characters were well performed by the actors.

Overall a surprising hit well done ITV1.

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