If it's Christmas, it's time for Amanda's Annual Seasonal Soiree (dress code; tinsel and tiaras!). Nothing says festive like Evil Santa, a thirty-foot Christmas tree and very strict rules about where you can and can't drink mulled wine. Only Meg has an official party invite but Julia, Kevin and Liz tag along as her plus threes.
Apart from Anne, the gang find the other guests a little frosty, but for Julia it's still a welcome distraction from playing festive butler to a houseful of in-laws. Liz is trying to ignore Christmas altogether whilst Kevin is single-handedly stuffing, wrapping, roasting, parboiling, laying up, washing up and decorating everything he can lay his hands on.
- Wednesday 23rd December 2020
- BBC Two
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|Anna Maxwell Martin||Julia|
|Margaret Cabourn-Smith||Mrs Banbury Hughes|
|Sharon Horgan||Executive Producer|
|Clelia Mountford||Executive Producer|
|Holly Walsh||Executive Producer|
|Ben Caudell||Executive Producer|
Christmas comes but once a year, and thank God for that, because it's time for Amanda's annual festive soiree.
The matriarchs of Motherland are back for a one-off special. Here, straight-talking Liz offers advice for stress-free festivities.The Guardian, 23rd December 2020
The slapstick carnage in this one-off episode - there's a broken nose, a toppled tree and an explosion of flour - is not as funny as the more low-key moments.Alexandra Pollard, The Independent, 23rd December 2020
A hilarious dose of reality at a time of forced schmaltz.Emily Baker, i Newspaper, 23rd December 2020