Created by: Geoffrey Atherden
Executive Producer: John O'Grady
Producer and Director: Geoff Portman
Writer: Geoffrey Atherden

Arthur Beare (Garry McDonald) is an 40-something journalist, who after the break up of his marriage, moves back home to care for his aging mother (Ruth Cracknell) who is suffering dementia. Regardless of his decision to devote his life to looking after her, Maggie prefers her other son Robbie (Henri Szeps), a dentist, who can do no wrong in his mother's eyes despite his selfish nature and constant schemes designed to put her in a home so that he can acquire the family house. The winner of numerous international awards and accolades, Mother and Son ran for six series over nine years on ABC TV. Creator Geoffrey Atherden was then invited to adapt the series for a British version - Keeping Mum, which began screening on BBC1 in 1997.
Ruth CracknellMaggie Beare
Garry McDonaldArthur Beare
Henri SzepsRobert Beare
Suzanne RoylanceDiedre Beare
Judy MorrisLiz Beare
Kristen VergiaDamian Beare
Janine O'BrienTeonia Beare
Garry McDonald and Ruth Cracknell


  • Finalist, Situation comedy, New York International Television Festival, 1995 (Episode 36: The Ride)
  • Logie Awards: Most Outstanding Actress, Most Outstanding Actor, Most Popular Comedy Performer (1994)
  • Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actress (1993)
  • People's Choice Awards: Best Comedy Show (1992)
  • Best Overall Script, Writers' Guild of America (1992)

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