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


BBC Two sitcom middle-class motherhood. 19 episodes (pilot + 3 series), 2016 - 2021. Stars Anna Maxwell Martin, Diane Morgan, Paul Ready, Lucy Punch and others.

Series 3, Episode 5 is repeated on BBC4 on Friday at 2:15am.

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


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

2016 - 2021
19   (1 pilot + 3 series)
Sharon Horgan, Graham Linehan, Helen Serafinowicz and Holly Walsh
Anna Maxwell Martin, Diane Morgan, Paul Ready, Lucy Punch, Philippa Dunne, Tanya Moodie, Ellie Haddington, Oliver Chris and others
Sharon Horgan, Helen Serafinowicz, Holly Walsh, Barunka O'Shaughnessy and Graham Linehan
Juliet May and Simon Hynd
Richard Boden, Sam Pinnell and Caroline Norris

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

Production companies
Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 6th September 2016 on BBC Two at 10pm
Last new broadcast
Monday 7th June 2021 on BBC Two at 9pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Upcoming repeats
  1. Series 3 Episode 5: Friday at 2:15am on BBC4

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