50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy


Join us Mondays, from February 5 to March 12 for “50 Ways to Kill Your Mammies”! In this series, Baz and Nancy take other mammies on a collection of wonderful adventures. Click here for more information!

“50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy” sees an Irish Mammy and her thrill seeking son embark on a series of extraordinary adventures across locations including Africa, Asia and the USA.

Each episode will see Nancy and Baz Ashmawy (“How Low Can You Go”) set sail on a journey designed by Baz to test his Mammy’s mettle.

Nancy is a 70-year-old pensioner and for the last 10 years has watched Baz gallivanting around the world and throwing himself into all manner of extreme situations, all in the name of entertaining the nation. Until now, Nancy has been a proud mother and occasionally worried bystander, but just recently she’s got the itch – an insatiable urge to grab life by the horns and try a few new experiences on for size.

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Baz knows exactly where Nancy’s limits are and has planned trips across the globe that will gently take Nancy to those limits, slowly inching her past them each week, as far as she can go. From sky diving to alligator wrangling, taking viewers on a unique adventure, experiencing the endearing relationship between a brave Irish Mammy and her daredevil only son.

“’50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy is a lovely portrait of a mother and son who genuinely enjoy each other’s company.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“It’s TV Gold!” – The Guardian



Season 1

Episode 1 – Las Vegas

This week Baz Ashmawy takes his 70 year old Mammy Nancy on a trip to Vegas and Los Angeles. In his mischievous attempt to push her to breaking point he signs her up to accompany Sin City Bounty Hunters on a live armed raid for dangerous fugitives. Then a spot of gambling is just what frugal Mammy will hate…followed by some stunt car driving with a Hollywood legend, and a session of scream therapy to let out her inner anger. If all of that doesn’t ‘kill’ her then Baz will attempt to push his Mammy out of a plane at 18,000 feet on the world’s highest skydive.

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Episode 2 – Morocco

Baz Ashmawy takes his 71 year old Mammy to the exotic Kingdom of Morocco in another attempt to frighten the life out of her. Nancy worked for ten years in neighbouring Libya, so Baz has to dig deep to push her outside her comfort zone here. After a day of traditional Souks and poisonous snakes, they enter the gruelling Intercontinental Rally on a ninety mile stage across the Sahara desert. In a very real and unexpected brush with death, Nancy gets more than she ever bargained for as Baz fears he’s taken things a little too far.

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Episode 3 – Florida

Florida USA has always been a sun drenched retirement hot spot, a place where old people go to die. So it’s the perfect location for the next stage of Baz Ashmawy’s death defying bucket list with his 71 year old Irish Mammy. Swapping golf carts for roller-coasters and zimmer frames for high powered jet skis, Baz will push his Mammy to the very edge….and further if he can. Alligator wrestling and aerial acrobatics are on the cards for Nancy but it’s something far less dangerous that causes Mammy the biggest shock….and puts their astonishingly frank relationship under the spotlight.

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Episode 4 – Thailand

Fourteen years ago presenter Baz Ashmawy backpacked his way around Thailand and eventually returned home to Dublin with a fist full of memories and a Buddha tattoo. Now he wants to return to the ‘Land of smiles’ with his 71 year old Mammy for a trip that may just kill her but at the very least will push her way outside of her comfort zone. Nancy hates foreign food, humidity and traffic, so Bangkok seems a likely place to start their adventure together. Baz signs his Mammy up for a cameo in Bangkok’s largest Ladyboy cabaret and if she doesn’t die of stage fright then belting down some river rapids on a white water raft ought to do the trick. Mammy also learns how to handle Asian elephants in the Chiang Mai jungle, and the delicate technique of nipple piercing, using her own son as practice.

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Episode 5 – South Africa

South Africa is this weeks destination for Baz Ashmawy’s boisterous bucket list with his 71 year old Irish Mammy Nancy.

Famous for tranquil vineyards and luxury safaris, Baz will do his utmost to make sure his Mammy will see nothing of that. But Ostrich riding, Bungee jumping and extreme paint balling are firmly on his list. In his ongoing attempt to frighten the life out of her, Baz will also convince Mammy to run off the top of Table Mountain on a dizzying paraglide and visit a township witch doctor for advice on her rickety knee. If all else fails he’ll ensure she ends up swimming with the fishes…or sharks in this particular case.

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Episode 6 – Cambodia

After a journey that’s taken them through three continents Baz Ashmawy and his Irish Mammy Nancy land in Cambodia for the last stage of their death defying adventure. Nancy is 71 and likes scrabble and baking brown bread. Baz believes a spot of scuba diving and tarantula hunting is more likely to put a pep in her step and make her feel more alive. To face her final fears, Baz arranges for his Mammy to Zipline through the treetops of the Cambodian jungle and takes her on a bone rattling adventure in an old US army jeep. Then what better way to reflect on their life changing journey together than being marooned on a desert island with nothing but a chicken.

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Season 2

Episode 1 – Philippines

Baz and Nancy kick off their time in the Philippines with a song and dance… literally. The pair find their funk as they join Cebu Prison’s infamous dancing inmates in a colossal flash mob. At Cebu Zoo, the pair get up and close and personal with a trio of adult pythons as they try and relax during a serpentine massage. Next, Baz and Nancy live life on the literal edge as they take on an adrenaline-pumping rollercoaster ride. But it’s no normal rollercoaster… it teeters on the edge of the 38th floor of the Crown Regency Hotel in Cebu city centre – a hair-raising feat even for the most fearless adventure junkies.

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Episode 2 – Scandinavia

Getting on their winter gear and heading up to the icy north, Baz tests Nancy’s head for heights in a terrifying but thrilling gyrocopter ride. He can’t believe it when he actually manages to persuade her to take a ride in a tiny chopper without any doors! Realising how far Nancy has come, Baz decides to show her just how proud he is by setting up a special day of treats for his mammy, including the driving of a colossal tank; riding a dog sled; and going to Santa’s elf school.

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Episode 3 – India

Baz and Nancy get their Indian adventure off to a flying start as they zipline across the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort. Gliding over a myriad of majestic landscapes in a spectacular introduction to this incredible country. See as Nancy has put up with a lot over her adventures and now Baz thinks it’s time for him to face his own fear. So the pair head to Rajasthan’s famous Temple of Rats, home to thousands of holy rodents which are worshipped by the locals. He’s faced crocodiles, sharks and even tackled an ostrich, but will these little furry friends push him over the edge.

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Episode 4 – Mexico

Baz and Nancy begin their hell-raising tour of Mexico hundreds of feet about the sprawling modern capital Mexico City with Nancy at the controls of a helicopter zipping in between the towering sky scrappers. The pair flirt with Mexican culture and questionable modern art before Baz tries to get his mother to eat the 4th hottest chilli in the world. Undaunted, the dutiful son then hitches up with a graffiti gang and gets his mum tagging downtown, undercover of dark. Additionally, no trip to Cancun would be complete without a Spring Break experience for Mammy and DJ Nancy brings the house down DJing on the beach to hundreds of youthful, semi-naked and intoxicated sprin-breakers. Even that didn’t kill her.

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Episode 5 – Texas

Baz wants Mammy to see all that is big and beautiful in the Lone Star State. He let’s her choose the convertible car, but she goes tiny instead of huge and a few family squabbles ensue, but the pair are soon on the road with their texan hats and fitting in like locals. Nancy has always been a bit of a cautious driver so Baz thinks driving an 1800 horse power monster truck might help loosen her up a bit. He’s wrong. At a waterpark Mammy is duped into taking a tandem ride on the terrifying Sky-coaster which has mother and son strapped together flying through the air like super heroes.

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Episode 6 – Japan

Baz and Nancy start their Japanese adventure more in a squeeze than in style as they curl up in one of Japan’s cosy – or as Nancy describes it, ‘sterile’ – capsule hotels. Next, Baz whips up a storm as he and his mammy face the elements for a Natural Disaster Training Course – but Nancy’s not distressed, she’s used to Dublin’s downpours! After tasting some local street food, tensions stir at a real-life Tokyo Drift when Baz defies his mammy and takes to the perilous track on the outskirts of Tokyo. Meanwhile, stylish fashion district Harajuku is home to some of the brightest and wackiest trends in the world. Here, Nancy freshens up her look as one of the country’s top designers gives her a Japanese-style makeover.

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