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

Motherland

  • 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 3 - The Pool Party

Motherland. Image shows from L to R: Liz (Diane Morgan), Kevin (Paul Ready)
A children's pool party in the UK is not the most glamorous of experiences. Luckily Julia is just dropping the kids off so she can prepare for an important event later that evening.

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A children's pool party in the UK is not the most glamorous of experiences. Luckily Julia is just dropping the kids off so she can prepare for an important event later that evening.

While Liz is at the newsagents the nice-looking guy in the queue leaves his wallet behind. She takes it and hopes to return it and hopefully turn it into a date. And a new Dad on the scene pushes Kevin's nose out of joint.

Broadcast details

Date
Tuesday 21st November 2017
Time
10pm
Channel
BBC Two
Length
30 minutes

Repeats

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 12th September 2018 10:00pm BBC2
Sunday 2nd May 2021 12:50am BBC4
Monday 31st May 2021 1:20am BBC4
Tuesday 29th June 2021 12:45am BBC4
Wednesday 28th July 2021 12:55am BBC4
Wednesday 25th August 2021 11:15pm BBC4

Cast & crew

Cast
Anna Maxwell Martin Julia
Diane Morgan Liz
Paul Ready Kevin
Lucy Punch Amanda
Philippa Dunne Anne
Ellie Haddington Marion
Guest cast
Toyin Ayedun-Alase Pool Receptionist
Elizabeth Chan May Lyn
Sharon Gavin Pool Attendant
Richard Pepple Malcom Spender
Ryan Pope Mitch
Orlando Seale James
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

Video

The stay-at-home dads

Kevin has some competition when a new stay-at-home Dad arrives on the scene.

Featuring: Paul Ready (Kevin), Lucy Punch (Amanda) & Richard Pepple (Malcom Spender).

Press

This sitcom's comprehensive catalogue of parenting embarrassment moves on to the pool party, a parade of grubby, fleshy indignity given the unlikely twist of Julia (the terrifically taut Anna Maxwell Martin) being forced to attend minutes before a work event at which she had hoped to look pristine. Meanwhile, Liz (Diane Morgan) is waiting for a potential date to ring her back, and pathetic Kevin (Paul Ready) meets his non-pathetic doppelganger nemesis.

Jack Seale, The Guardian, 21st November 2017

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