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.

  • JustWatch Streaming rank this week: 571

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Series 1, Episode 5 - The After Party

Motherland. Image shows from L to R: Julia (Anna Maxwell Martin), Liz (Diane Morgan)
Anne's new car propels her into the limelight as the Mums try to get in on her new carpool.

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Further details

Anne's new car propels her into the limelight as the Mums try to get in on her new carpool. Kevin finds himself in the new role of confidante as Amanda shares a deep secret with him. Liz and Julia's friendship is under fire as Liz realises she is just a 'mum' friend.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 5th December 2017
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 26th September 2018 10:00pm BBC2
Sunday 2nd May 2021 1:45am BBC4
Monday 31st May 2021 2:15am BBC4
Tuesday 29th June 2021 1:40am BBC4
Wednesday 28th July 2021 1:50am BBC4
Thursday 26th August 2021 12:10am BBC4

Cast & crew

Anna Maxwell Martin Julia
Diane Morgan Liz
Paul Ready Kevin
Lucy Punch Amanda
Philippa Dunne Anne
Guest cast
Pearl Chanda Debbie Louise
Jessica Fostekew Clare
Terry Mynott Johnny
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 carpool

Anne's new carpool attracts Julia's attention, but she has competition from another Mum.

Featuring: Anna Maxwell Martin (Julia), Diane Morgan (Liz), Paul Ready (Kevin), Philippa Dunne (Anne) & Jessica Fostekew (Clare).


50 best TV shows of 2017, #14: Get ready for the funniest episode of Motherland, or indeed any other comedy on TV this year. Mousey also-ran of the school gates Anne becomes centre of attention as the mums clamour for a place in her car pool. Kevin, meanwhile, thinks his luck is in as he's finally granted an audience with domestic goddess Amanda. And there's a glimpse of what's going on behind Liz's deadpan face as she realises Julia only sees her as a mum friend, not a going-out one.

Hannah Verdier, The Guardian, 5th December 2017

Motherland, episode 5 review

Kevin's useless, lovable goof shtick has worn thin.

Alexandra Pollard, The Telegraph, 5th December 2017

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