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. Kevin (Paul Ready).

Series 2, Episode 6 - Good Job

Julia struggles to abide by the rules and clashes with Mrs Lamb as she attends her first ever school sports day.

Further details

Julia struggles to abide by the rules and clashes with Mrs Lamb as she attends her first ever school sports day.

Apparently it's no longer acceptable to cheer for individual kids and you can only offer generic support like "good job".

Over at the Kidiverse soft play centre Kevin is devastated that an important work presentation means he will miss the dads' race. Liz worries that her new boyfriend is blanking her. And Anne discovers something that leads to a nasty surprise for Amanda.

Broadcast details

This episode is currently available on BBC iPlayer

Monday 11th November 2019
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Anna Maxwell Martin Julia
Diane Morgan Liz
Paul Ready Kevin
Lucy Punch Amanda
Philippa Dunne Anne
Tanya Moodie Meg
Ellie Haddington Marion
Guest cast
Jackie Clune Mrs Lamb
Terry Mynott Johnny
Nick Nevern Lee
Pamela Nomvete Lesley
Writing team
Sharon Horgan Writer
Helen Linehan Writer
Holly Walsh Writer
Barunka O'Shaughnessy Writer
Production team
Juliet May Director
Kas Braganza 1st Assistant 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
Alex Moody Commissioning Editor


The second series of the comedy about struggling middle-class mums ends with another Julia special: a school sports day where she faces off with old adversary Mrs Lamb. While the material is more knowing and less quietly chaotic, Anna Maxwell Martin and Diane Morgan excel themselves.

Hannah J Davies, The Guardian, 11th November 2019

Motherland, final episode, review

A hilariously close-to-the-bone depiction of parenthood.

Anita Singh, The Telegraph, 11th November 2019

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