British Comedy Guide

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


BBC Two sitcom middle-class motherhood. 7 episodes (pilot + 1 series), 2016 - 2017. Stars Anna Maxwell-Martin, Diane Morgan, Paul Ready, Lucy Punch and others.

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 - 2017
7   (1 pilot + 1 series)
Anna Maxwell-Martin, Diane Morgan, Paul Ready, Lucy Punch, Philippa Dunne, Ellie Haddington and Oliver Chris
Graham Linehan, Sharon Horgan, Helen Linehan and Holly Walsh
Juliet May
Richard Boden, Graham Linehan, Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford

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...

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