The end of Mum season three airs tonight (June 19) on BBC Two following six weeks of hilarious and heartbreaking episodes. Pauline (played by Dorothy Atkinson) has had a particularly emotional rollercoaster of a series as she questions whether she may be a horrible person. Dorothy Atkinson spoke to Express.co.uk and revealed what it was like to film the final episode and series of Mum. She also revealed what she thinks will happen to Pauline and Derek (Ross Boatman) beyond the end of the show.
What we see as the final scene of Mum was for Dorothy and the rest of the Mum cast actually filmed somewhere in the middle of the shoot.
The actress told Express.co.uk: “I think it was when we were on a roll in the middle.
“We tended to shoot outdoor stuff in one block so some of the outdoor scenes were quite early on in the process.”
This was a particular challenge for Dorothy, whose character goes on an emotional journey over the six episode from being her usual monstrous self to realising that her behaviour may be unacceptable.
She said: “I found it harder to plot than the other series in my head.
“The other series were set over a year so you could get away with choices, but with this you had to be so clear about what choices you’d made.
“I do remember shooting post epiphany before I’d shot the realisation and so i sort had to make strong decisions and fortunately it turned out alright.”
Although this series gets a lot of humour and emotional weight from Pauline’s realisation, Dorothy is sceptical that it will last.
She said: “Not to detract from it, it lingers for a while, it is an epiphany, but I imagine beyond another few days she might get back to normal!
“She’s a creature of habit. This jolt would’ve moved her on a bit but she needs to be adored by Derek or someone.”
Although the last scene we see features all the cast, the final moments she shot was actually a moment from near the end of episode five, where: “Pauline realises she might be horrible.
“It was just me and Ross, so it was quite a poignant one to end on.
“It wasn’t a laugh a minute scene. I just remember being sat with hot water bottles in between takes feeling very tired.”
The actress had to leave filming a few days earlier than a few of the other stars, which she said was probably a good thing.
She added: “I sidesweeped the emotional bit at the end and I’m quite glad I did actually because I think it’s quite powerful
When asked what she thought the future held for Pauline and Derek, she had some good news for Mum fans: “I kind of think they’ll make it, some way or another… he’s quite adorable isn’t he?”
However, she says she has deliberately not thought too far into Pauline’s future in the hope that writer Stefan Golaszewski will change his mind and make more Mum in the future.
The actress, who will next star in Batman prequel Pennyworth, said: “Maybe that’s my secret way of saying I want to find out from Stefan even though I know that’s not going to happen.”
Mum season 3 is streaming on BBC iPlayer now
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