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 2, Episode 4 - The Purge

Motherland. Image shows from L to R: Anne (Philippa Dunne), Amanda (Lucy Punch), Julia (Anna Maxwell Martin)
Kevin reluctantly hosts a last-minute Halloween party. Julia takes the kids trick or treating in an attempt to meet a celebrity who has just moved into the neighbourhood. Anne struggles to keep the children safe.

Broadcast details

Monday 28th October 2019
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 7th October 2020 10:00pm BBC2
Monday 3rd May 2021 1:10am BBC4
Tuesday 1st June 2021 1:55am BBC4
Wednesday 30th June 2021 2:35am BBC4
Friday 30th July 2021 12:20am BBC4
Friday 27th August 2021 1:35am BBC4
Sunday 26th September 2021 1:30am BBC4

Cast & crew

Anna Maxwell Martin Julia
Diane Morgan Liz
Paul Ready Kevin
Lucy Punch Amanda
Philippa Dunne Anne
Tanya Moodie Meg
Ellie Haddington Marion
Jackie Clune Mrs Lamb
Guest cast
Nick Nevern Lee
Lily Frazer Rose
James Doherty PC Hughes
Hector Cornelius Hewer Darren
Marilyn O'Brien Mum
Lee Mead Self
Writing team
Sharon Horgan Writer
Helen Serafinowicz (as Helen Linehan) Writer
Holly Walsh Writer
Barunka O'Shaughnessy Writer
Production team
Juliet May Director
Sam Pinnell Producer
Richard Boden Executive Producer
Sharon Horgan Executive Producer
Clelia Mountford Executive Producer
Holly Walsh Executive Producer
Samantha Frith Line Producer
Jake Bernard Editor
Anna Sheldrake Production Designer
Sarah Crowe Casting Director
Ben Marks Casting Director
Caroline Pitcher Costume Designer
Greg Duffield Director of Photography
Vanessa White Make-up Designer
Oli Julian Composer
Kas Braganza 1st Assistant Director
Alex Moody Commissioning Editor


The mighty Motherland continued; it's still gloriously funny, but now, also, irksome. In a good way. Because, just as we're now trying to include harried mums in all the causes screaming for our empathies, our antihero Julia suddenly behaves like the self-centred, entitled sod we all half-suspected, ramping up her "victimhood" to take huge advantage, again and again, of a kindly soul in a cafe (and never mind the poor owner, always down at least half a day's heating in exchange for one all-day latte).

Irksome in a good way because it denotes the supreme confidence of the script to dare to show Julia as several-dimensioned, and one of those dimensions (it turns out) is sweet-smiley manipulative bitch. It's probably no coincidence that there are no fewer than four writers involved, of presumably strong self-opinion and character themselves (one's Sharon Horgan); mimsier hands would have shied away from addling viewers' simple brains with such complexity. Is this, finally, Britain catching on to the US trick, employed in hit after hit, of dedicated writing teams?

Euan Ferguson, The Observer, 27th October 2019

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