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: 625

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Series 3, Episode 5 - Surprise Birthday

Motherland. Image shows from L to R: Julia (Anna Maxwell Martin), Garry (Robbie Gee)
Amanda's PTA charity FUNraiser is doubling up as her birthday celebration meaning everyone is dragged into a big event.

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Amanda's PTA charity FUNraiser is doubling up as her birthday celebration meaning everyone is dragged into a big event.

Mixing sponsored cycling with Anne's lethal cocktails, results in a night of high drama and big revelations. Julia is ready to call time on her marriage to Paul and run off with builder Garry; Liz is thrown by the arrival of an unexpected visitor; and Meg rides high on her cancer all clear.

Meanwhile Kevin's attempts to clear the air with Amanda just make everything worse, and a put upon Anne finally loses her rag.

Broadcast details

Monday 7th June 2021
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 7th July 2021 1:30am BBC4
Thursday 5th August 2021 12:40am BBC4
Thursday 2nd September 2021 1:55am BBC4
Friday 24th September 2021 1:10am BBC4
Friday 24th September 2021 1:40am BBC4
Friday 1st October 2021 1:00am BBC4
Friday 29th October 2021 2:15am BBC4
Monday 5th December 2022 10:00pm BBC2
Friday 16th December 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
Oliver Chris Paul
Jackie Clune Mrs Lamb
Robbie Gee Garry
Guest cast
Tom Meeten Sam
Terry Mynott Johnny (Voice)
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's lazy cancer story betrays true struggles

As someone going through the hellish slog of a breast cancer diagnosis, I wish more care was given to Meg's storyline.

Rosamund Dean, i Newspaper, 7th June 2021

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