Cutting Edge: Kimberley – Young Mum 10 Years On Review: ASBOlutely Great

42KIMBERLEY – YOUNG MUM 10 YEARS ON, Thursday 23rd April, Channel 4, 9.00pm Alert Me

The credit crunch is difficult, isn’t it? You’re having a tough time of late, aren’t you? What with your monthly travel pass bleeding you dry and now one of the earpieces for your ipod doesn’t work so they’ll have to be replaced, and…..

Get a bloody grip!

This latest episode of Cutting Edge is a perfect antidote to your shallow bath of self pity and comes at you screaming, “f**k the authoritiesâ€? like a one-woman, chav NWA. Admittedly, while Kimberley doesn’t immediately win sympathy for her troubled life, by the end of the programme you’ll realise just how good you have it!

With her first child already taken from her by social services and her second on the Child Protection Register, by Kimberley’s own admission she “ain’t the best mum in the worldâ€?.

But given that Kimberley is from a family of prolific baby-makers who live on benefits, it’s not so surprising to learn that she’s heading down the same path as the people who raised her.

Daisy Asquith’s thoughtful documentary examines exactly how Kimberley came to be in the position she is, what she’s doing to improve her situation and exactly why she’s such a mardy-arsed cow sometimes.

Following Kimberley over the course of two years as she attempts to make a better life for herself and her two-year-old son Harvey, Asquith includes excerpts from interviews with a 15-year-old Kimberley originally made ten years ago.

This background footage gives some disturbing clues into why her life has unfolded as it has and includes moments of harrowing meditation for both the viewer and Kimberley. At one point she reflects: “Sometimes I do get tempted to get pregnant to get out of the house, to get away from my mum and dad and that…â€?


The documentary is shocking and sad but you never lose sight of Kimberley’s good intentions for Harvey and the young family she is trying to create. With a string of abusive relationships behind her, she finds it hard to put her trust in anyone, not least besieged boyfriend Anthony who, to be fair, looks like he doesn’t know what day it is.

Alternating between childish naivety; “I think I rushed my marriage. Two weeks of knowing him and he moved in,â€? and aggressive frustration; “So I thought smash up the place and maybe they’ll understand,â€? Kimberley’s world can be violent and volatile yet Asquith reveals the daily difficulties of a young mother who is willing to do anything to keep her family together.

Jack McKay