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Motherland is a show all about navigating the trials and traumas of middle-class motherhood, looking at the competitive and unromantic sides of parenting – not the cute, acceptable public face of motherhood.

School’s out for the festive season, so the mums (and Kevin) are busy prepping for the ultimate in blended Christmas celebrations.

It’s a full house at Julia’s with an invasion of grandparents demanding endless cups of tea as they play with a VR headset Paul bought ‘for the kids’. Julia has invited Kevin along too after learning his alternative was turkey crisps from the hotel vending machine with the other divorced dads.

Kevin excitedly offers to whip up a full-on Persian feast. Liz also turns up when her ex falls asleep on a train following a massive Christmas Eve bender, letting her down on his first ever offer to host. Meanwhile, Amanda is spending Christmas Day with Johnny, the kids and Johnny’s new wife Tamara. Which is fine. Really fine. It’s fine.

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Created by
Graham Linehan, Sharon Horgan, Helen Linehan and Holly Walsh

Written by
Graham Linehan (series 1), Sharon Horgan, Helen Linehan, Holly Walsh (series 1-3) and Barunka O’Shaughnessy (series 2 and 3)

Graham Linehan (pilot), Juliet May (series 1 & 2), Simon Hynd (Christmas special x2, Series 3)

Richard Boden (series 1), Sam Pinnell (series 2), Caroline Norris (Christmas special x2, Series 3)

Executive Producers
Clelia Mountford, Sharon Horgan, Holly Walsh (series 2 and 3), Richard Boden (series 1 & 2) and Graham Linehan (series 1), Helen Serafinowicz and Barunka O’Shaughnessy (Christmas Special 2022)

Anna Maxwell-Martin, Diane Morgan, Lucy Punch, Paul Ready, Philippa Dunne and Tanya Moodie

BBC Two / One

UK Transmission Date
6th September 2016 (Pilot), 7th November 2017 (Series 1), 7th October 2019 (Series 2), 10th May 2021 (Series 3), 23rd December 2022 (Christmas Special)

Award Wins

BAFTA TV Awards 2022, Motherland S3 for Scripted Comedy

Royal Television Society TV Programme Awards 2020: Breakthrough Award – Tanya Moodie

Royal Television Society Craft & Design Awards 2019: Best Music – Original Title for Oli Julian

Award Nominations

BAFTA Craft 2023 nomination for Writer: Comedy

Edinburgh TV Awards 2022, Motherland S3 for Best Comedy Series

Rockie Awards 2022, Motherland S3 for Comedy Series: English Language

RTS Programme Awards, Motherland S3 for Writer – Comedy

British Film Editors Cut Above awards, Motherland S3 for Best Edited Series

C21 International Drama Awards, Motherland S3 for Returning Comedy Drama Series

Rose d’Or 2021, Motherland S3 for Comedy

Shortlist for the National Comedy Awards 2021, Motherland S3 for:
Best Scripted Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting role for Diane Morgan

Longlist for the National Comedy Awards 2021, Motherland S3 for:
Outstanding Comedy Actress for Anna Maxwell Martin
Outstanding Supporting Role for Lucy Punch

International Emmy Awards 2021, Motherland Christmas Special, for Comedy

Edinburgh TV Awards 2021 for Motherland S3:
Best Comedy Series
Best TV Actor for Tanya Moodie

TV Times award 2021, Motherland S3 for Favourite Comedy

National Television Awards for Comedy, Motherland S3

Casting Director’s Guild awards for Best Casting in a TV Comedy Series, Motherland S2

TV Choice Awards 2020: Best Comedy

Rockie Awards 2020: Comedy Series – English Language

Royal Television Society TV Programme Awards 2020: Comedy Performance (Female) – Diane Morgan

British Screenwriters Awards 2018: Best Comedy Writing on Television

BAFTA TV Awards 2018: Best Female Performance in a Comedy for Anna Maxwell Martin

Televisual Bulldog Awards 2018: Best Comedy

Royal Television Society TV Programme Awards 2017 : Best Writer – Comedy for Sharon Horgan, Holly Walsh, Helen Linehan & Graham Linehan

“It’s a show that makes you gasp in shock as you laugh” - The Guardian 

“Motherland: Last Christmas is the comedy festive special we’ve all been waiting for.” - Radio Times 

    “The writing was as sharp as ever.” The Daily Telegraph 

     “Motherland is still as zippy and witty as ever.”  The Independent 

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Motherland S1


Motherland is a show all about navigating the trials and traumas of middle-class motherhood, looking at the competitive and unromantic sides of parenting – not the cute, acceptable public face of motherhood.

We meet the ‘Alpha Mums’ headed by Amanda, who is very much the Queen Bee: everything is organised, clean and sparkly – even the kitchen cork board is a statement of success. Yet at the other end of the spectrum, we meet Liz, who is totally chaotic and feels the kids should enjoy free expression.

Somewhere in the middle is Julia, who, when she forgets it’s the school holidays, realises her organisational skills are nowhere near the level of the ‘Alpha Mums’. Also in the mix is Kevin. He’s the stay at home dad, who, rather than fighting against that, is embracing it with gusto – much to the irritation of the other mothers.

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Motherland S2


Motherland follows the trials of a group of mums looking at the unromantic side of parenting.  In series 2 they struggle with Halloween parties, half term trips to the countryside and the dreaded school sports day. 

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Motherland S3


The Nation’s favourite gang of Mums (and Dad) is back for a new series of Motherland, navigating the pitfalls of middle-class parenting and the clash of cliques formed at the school gates.

Julia realises her mother Marion’s failing health means that she’ll need to live with them permanently and the en suite will have to become a geriatric-friendly bathroom. The silver lining to this horror arrives in the form of Julia’s new builder who turns out to be quite the DILF.

Meanwhile, Amanda navigates the humiliation of divorce from Johnny, single mum Liz struggles to commit to Sam the shepherd and Kevin tries everything to rekindle the spark with wife Jill. High flyer Meg faces big health issues and Anne has to cope with a growing family.

All this while the mums grapple with Mother’s Day, the looming choice of secondary schools, a nit pandemic, and the school trip from Hell.

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