Motherland to return for Christmas special

Tuesday 24th November 2020, 8:27am

  • Motherland will return for a Christmas special this December
  • The episode will be set around pushy mum Amanda's "Annual Seasonal Soiree"
Motherland. Image shows from L to R: Amanda (Lucy Punch), Anne (Philippa Dunne), Meg (Tanya Moodie), Julia (Anna Maxwell Martin), Liz (Diane Morgan), Kevin (Paul Ready).

Motherland will return to BBC Two for a Christmas special, ahead of a third series in 2021.

The comedy, first broadcast in 2016, has aired two series to date.

Focusing on a group of harassed parents juggling work, kids and social expectations on the school run in north London, the acclaimed episodes have been written by an ensemble group including Graham Linehan, Sharon Horgan, Helen Serafinowicz, Holly Walsh and Barunka O'Shaughnessy.

The BBC says: "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."

Anna Maxwell Martin, Diane Morgan, Lucy Punch, Paul Ready, Philippa Dunne and Tanya Moodie all feature in the episode.

Motherland's special will be broadcast as part of BBC Two's Christmas schedule.

Motherland is one of a number of new specials the BBC has revealed today. See more of BBC's Christmas comedy highlights 2020

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Motherland - Series 1 & 2

Motherland - Series 1 & 2

The first two acclaimed series of BBC Two sitcom Motherland, depicting the ins-and-outs of parenting in the London suburbs.

First released: Monday 2nd December 2019

  • Distributor: Lionsgate
  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 2
  • Subtitles: English
  • Catalogue: LD95852

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