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 3, Episode 2 - Catchment Area

Motherland. Image shows from L to R: Meg (Tanya Moodie), Anne (Philippa Dunne)
The mums (and dad) join the merry-go-round of secondary school open days, as they face the choice of where to send their kids at 11. Julia panics about which catchment area she lives in and even considers a fake religious conversion to beat the system. As Kevin's divorce progresses, Liz helps him navigate the shark-pool of lawyers, and makes a worrying discovery about her own situation along the way. Meanwhile queen bee Amanda struggles with playing second fiddle to Meg's illness.

Broadcast details

Monday 17th May 2021
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 16th June 2021 2:45am BBC4
Thursday 15th July 2021 2:05am BBC4
Friday 13th August 2021 1:50am BBC4
Saturday 11th September 2021 1:50am BBC4
Thursday 23rd September 2021 11:45pm BBC4
Sunday 10th October 2021 12:30am 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
Oliver Chris Paul
Jackie Clune Mrs Lamb
Robbie Gee Garry
Guest cast
Terry Mynott Johnny
Nick Nevern Lee
Alistair Cope Boundary Road Head Teacher
Juliet Cowan Linda
Jonathan Nyati Mr Taylor
Joy Richardson Sister Benedict
Brona C. Titley Sister Elizabeth
Brigid Zengeni Hannah
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

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