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.

Another series is in development.

Motherland. Image shows from L to R: Julia (Anna Maxwell Martin), Geoff (David Calder), Kevin (Paul Ready), Elizabeth (Penny Ryder).

Series 1, Episode 4

While Paul's away he has the perfect solution to help out Julia: he sends his parents to help.

Further details

While Paul's away he has the perfect solution to help out Julia: he sends his parents to help.

Luckily Kevin has a huge fondness for the elderly and assists Julia in her in-law wrangling. Meanwhile, Amanda is having a clearout and reluctantly gives Liz her old coat, which seems to have an effect on our Liz.

Motherland isn't the public face of motherhood, it's unromanticised parenting: competition, cafes full of kids, and lunch delivered in dog poo bags.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 28th November 2017
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Anna Maxwell Martin Julia
Diane Morgan Liz
Paul Ready Kevin
Lucy Punch Amanda
Philippa Dunne Anne
Oliver Chris Paul
Guest cast
Vilma Hollingbery Barbara
Lolly Adefope Penny
Ross Armstrong Trevor
David Calder Geoff
Jackie Clune Mrs Lamb
Morgan Jones Flower Man
Nikhil Parmar Waiter
Penny Ryder Elizabeth
Bronson Webb Luke
Nick Nevern Lee
Writing team
Graham Linehan Writer
Sharon Horgan Writer
Helen Serafinowicz (as Helen Linehan) Writer
Holly Walsh 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


The in-laws arrive

Julia's in-laws have arrived, but her patience with them barely lasts the journey home.

Featuring: Anna Maxwell Martin (Julia), David Calder (Geoff), Penny Ryder (Elizabeth).


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