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 4 - The Cavalry

Motherland. Image shows from L to R: Julia (Anna Maxwell Martin), Geoff (David Calder), Kevin (Paul Ready), Elizabeth (Penny Ryder)
While Paul's away he has the perfect solution to help out Julia: he sends his parents to help.

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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


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 18th September 2018 10:00pm BBC2
Sunday 2nd May 2021 1:20am BBC4
Monday 31st May 2021 1:50am BBC4
Tuesday 29th June 2021 1:15am BBC4
Wednesday 28th July 2021 1:25am BBC4
Wednesday 25th August 2021 11:45pm BBC4

Cast & crew

Anna Maxwell Martin Julia
Diane Morgan Liz
Paul Ready Kevin
Lucy Punch Amanda
Philippa Dunne Anne
Oliver Chris Paul
Jackie Clune Mrs Lamb
Guest cast
Vilma Hollingbery Barbara
Lolly Adefope Penny
Ross Armstrong Trevor
David Calder Geoff
Morgan Jones Flower Man
Nikhil Parmar Waiter
Penny Ryder Elizabeth
Bronson Webb Luke
Nick Nevern Lee
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


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).


Motherland, episode 4 review

It's become increasingly clear that Julia is not a heroine but an irritant.

Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, 29th November 2017

Episode four of Linehan, Linehan, Horgan and Walsh's excellent comedy about the Ocado-flavoured trials of suburban motherhood, and Julia (Anna Maxwell Martin) is struggling to cope. In what is now a running gag, she calls husband Paul, who is super busy (read: enjoying punting and Pimms). He offers to send his parents to help, but Elizabeth and Geoff only aggravate Julia further, despite Kevin stepping in to offer his "expertise" with the elderly.

Hannah J Davies, The Guardian, 28th November 2017

Are these the most dislikeable women on TV?

In a British comedy landscape where truly immoral protagonists are overwhelmingly men, Motherland stands out.

Anna Leszkiewicz, The New Statesman, 28th November 2017

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