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: 572

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Series 3, Episode 1 - Nit Blitz

Motherland. Image shows from L to R: Kevin (Paul Ready), Laura (Emily Lloyd Saini)
As a nit pandemic sweeps the school, Julia finds herself accused of triggering a second wave. Ostracised by the other mums, Julia needs to find a way back into their good books so she throws a nit treatment party that brings everyone's drama (and headlice) into her home. The party reveals that Anne has some big news, Meg is facing a crisis, and Kevin has committed a terrible crime of passion. As Amanda super spreads the gossip, Liz waits for news about a career move.

Broadcast details

Monday 10th May 2021
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 9th June 2021 1:55am BBC4
Wednesday 7th July 2021 2:00am BBC4
Friday 6th August 2021 1:30am BBC4
Saturday 4th September 2021 2:50am BBC4
Wednesday 22nd September 2021 12:15am BBC4
Sunday 3rd October 2021 1:05am BBC4
Wednesday 9th November 2022 9:30pm BBC2

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
Anthony Head Bill
Margaret Cabourn-Smith Mrs Banbury Hughes
Emily Lloyd-Saini (as Emily Lloyd-Sani) Laura
Writing team
Holly Walsh Writer
Barunka O'Shaughnessy Writer
Helen Serafinowicz Writer
Sharon Horgan Story Editor
Production team
Simon Hynd Director
Caroline Norris Producer
Sharon Horgan Executive Producer
Clelia Mountford Executive Producer
Holly Walsh Executive Producer
Ben Caudell Executive Producer
Emma Brown Line Producer
Helen Serafinowicz Associate Producer
Nigel Williams Editor
Jeff Sherriff (as Jeffrey Sherriff) Production Designer
Sarah Crowe Casting Director
Ben Marks Casting Director
Greg Duffield Director of Photography
Lucia Santa-Maria Costume Designer
Vanessa White Make-up Designer
Oli Julian Composer
Brett Thomas 1st Assistant Director


Motherland review

Middle-class parenting comedy doesn't get better than this.

Sean O'Grady, The Independent, 10th May 2021

Motherland review

Long may the reign of the yummy - and slummy - mummies continue.

Emily Baker, i Newspaper, 10th May 2021

Motherland review

The fashion for 'depth' hasn't changed this sublime comedy - yet.

Benji Wilson, The Telegraph, 10th May 2021

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