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


  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Two / BBC One
  • 2016 - 2022
  • 20 episodes (3 series)

Comedy about middle-class parenthood and juggling kids, school, and other parents. Stars Anna Maxwell Martin, Diane Morgan, Paul Ready, Lucy Punch, Philippa Dunne and more.

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Series 1, Episode 2 - Auction Of Promises

Motherland. Image shows from L to R: Amanda (Lucy Punch), Julia (Anna Maxwell Martin)
A school fundraiser is not Julia's idea of an evening out, but somehow she finds herself heavily involved in order to impress a former colleague.

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Further details

It's the school's Auction of Promises. Amanda hosts the auction. Julia is assigned a job. Kevin has a battle with the cloakroom and despite Anne's protests, Liz takes care of the bar.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 14th November 2017
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 5th September 2018 10:00pm BBC2
Sunday 2nd May 2021 12:20am BBC4
Monday 31st May 2021 12:50am BBC4
Tuesday 29th June 2021 12:15am BBC4
Wednesday 28th July 2021 12:25am BBC4
Wednesday 25th August 2021 2:00am BBC4

Cast & crew

Anna Maxwell Martin Julia
Diane Morgan Liz
Paul Ready Kevin
Lucy Punch Amanda
Philippa Dunne Anne
Oliver Chris Paul
Guest cast
Kirsty Bushell Caroline Lacy
Vilma Hollingbery Barbara
Himesh Patel Mr Glencuddy
Writing team
Sharon Horgan Writer
Helen Serafinowicz (as Helen Linehan) Writer
Holly Walsh Writer
Graham Linehan Writer
Production team
Juliet May Director
Richard Boden Producer
Richard Boden Executive Producer
Graham Linehan Executive Producer
Sharon Horgan Executive Producer
Clelia Mountford Executive Producer
Holly Walsh Associate Producer
Samantha McCole Line Producer
Jake Bernard Editor
Dennis De Groot (as Dennis DeGroot) Production Designer
Sarah Crowe Casting Director
Caroline Pitcher Costume Designer
Chris Goodger Director of Photography
Vanessa White Make-up Designer
Oli Julian Composer
Kas Braganza 1st Assistant Director
Alex Moody Commissioning Editor


School fundraiser or Hollywood gala?

A planning meeting for the school fundraiser takes an exciting turn when Julia suggests an auction of promises, just like they do at Hollywood events...

Featuring: Anna Maxwell Martin (Julia), Diane Morgan (Liz), Paul Ready (Kevin), Lucy Punch (Amanda), Philippa Dunne (Anne) & Kirsty Bushell (Caroline Lacy).


Holly Walsh on writing Motherland

Motherland is a new comedy from the minds of Sharon Horgan, Holly Walsh, Graham Linehan and Helen Linehan. After a successful pilot episode which went out on BBC Two last year a full 6-episode series has just launched on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer. We spoke to Holly Walsh...

Holly Walsh, BBC, 14th November 2017

Motherland, episode 2 review

Magnifying a very special hell in this messy mom-com.

Rachel Ward, The Telegraph, 14th November 2017

Motherland: one of the best comedies in the last decade

I cannot recommend it highly enough, thanks to its knuckle-chewing awkwardness and leftfield casting.

Ian Hyland, The Mirror, 14th November 2017

Why Motherland may be a perfect depiction of parenting

Whereas Catastrophe hilariously captured the minutiae of married life, Motherland does the same with parenting.

Catherine Phillips, Metro, 13th November 2017

Review: Motherland, episode two, BBC2/iPlayer

If you are or you've been a parent you'll love it, but you'll be watching it through your fingers.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 11th November 2017

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