Mum – BBC2

It's time to bid farewell to heart-warming BBC2 sitcom Mum as it finally comes to an end after three glorious series

After three series of sublime comedy mixed with lashings of heartfelt pathos, it’s time to say goodbye to Cathy (Lesley Manville) and Michael (Peter Mullan) and one of TV’s great love stories.

It’s the day of Derek’s party but Pauline is struggling with the effort it’s taking to be nice, while Kelly might be about to reveal her not-so-secret pregnancy!

Derek in Mum

Derek’s party looks set to be a dramatic affair

All our attention really, though, is on Cathy and Michael (pictured top) and whether they’ll head off into the sunset with everyone’s blessing (please guys, we’ve all earned it!)

And it may be wishful thinking but, with countless glorious moments in this tip-top finale, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that the gang will one day return.

TV Times rating: *****