Motherland. Image shows from L to R: Liz (Diane Morgan), Julia (Anna Maxwell Martin), Kevin (Paul Ready).


BBC Two sitcom middle-class motherhood. 13 episodes (pilot + 2 series), 2016 - 2019. Stars Anna Maxwell Martin, Diane Morgan, Paul Ready, Lucy Punch and others.

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Motherland. Image shows from L to R: Anne (Philippa Dunne), Liz (Diane Morgan), Julia (Anna Maxwell Martin), Kevin (Paul Ready), Amanda (Lucy Punch).


Comedy about middle-class parenthood and juggling kids, school, and other parents

2016 - 2019
13   (1 pilot + 2 series)
Anna Maxwell Martin, Diane Morgan, Paul Ready, Lucy Punch, Philippa Dunne, Ellie Haddington, Oliver Chris and Tanya Moodie
Graham Linehan, Sharon Horgan, Helen Linehan, Holly Walsh and Barunka O'Shaughnessy
Juliet May
Richard Boden

Motherland is a show all about navigating the trials and traumas of middle-class motherhood, looking at the competitive and unromantic sides of parenting - not the cute and acceptable public face of motherhood.

We meet the 'Alpha Mums' headed by Amanda, who is very much the Queen Bee: everything is organised, clean and sparkly - even the kitchen cork board is a statement of success. Yet at the other end of the spectrum, we meet Liz, who's totally chaotic and feels the kids should enjoy free expression.

Somewhere in the middle is Julia, who, when she forgets it's the school holidays, realises her organisational skills are nowhere near the level of the 'Alpha Mums'. Also in the mix is Kevin. He's the stay at home dad, who, rather than fighting against that, is embracing it with gusto - much to the irritation of the other mothers.

Motherland isn't the public face of motherhood, it's unromanticised parenting: competition, cafes full of kids, dog-poo bags standing in as replacement lunchboxes...

Production Details

Part of

New On Two

Landmark Sitcom Season

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 6th September 2016 on BBC Two at 10pm
Last new broadcast
Monday 11th November 2019 on BBC Two at 10pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Sunday 30th September 2018 at 10:00pm

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