Motherland (TV series)

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Motherland
Written by Sharon Horgan
Graham Linehan
Helen Linehan
Holly Walsh
Directed by Graham Linehan
Starring Anna Maxwell Martin
Lucy Punch
Diane Morgan
Paul Ready
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2 + 1 pilot[1]
Production
Running time 28 minutes
Production company(s) Delightful Industries
Merman
BBC Studios
Release
Original network BBC Two
Picture format 16:9 1080i
Audio format Stereo
Original release 6 September 2016 (2016-09-06) – present (present)
External links
Motherland

Motherland is a British sitcom set in London, which examines the trials and traumas of middle-class motherhood.[2]

A pilot episode, written by a team including Graham Linehan and Sharon Horgan, was first broadcast on BBC Two on 6 September 2016 as part of its "Sitcom Season".[3][2] It stars Anna Maxwell Martin as Julia - an overstressed working mother, trying to juggle the demands of her children, her husband and her job.

The BBC subsequently ordered a full series of six episodes,[1] the first of which aired on 7 November 2017 to favourable reviews.[4][5]

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Pilot[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.K. viewers
(millions)
0"Pilot"Graham LinehanGraham Linehan, Sharon Horgan, Helen Linehan & Holly Walsh6 September 2016 (2016-09-06)2[6]

Series 1[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.K. viewers
(millions)
1"The Birthday Party"Juliet MayGraham Linehan, Sharon Horgan, Helen Linehan & Holly Walsh7 November 2017 (2017-11-07)2.33
2"Auction of Promises"Juliet MayGraham Linehan, Sharon Horgan, Helen Linehan & Holly Walsh14 November 2017 (2017-11-14)2.3
3"The Pool Party"Juliet MayGraham Linehan, Sharon Horgan, Helen Linehan & Holly Walsh22 November 2017 (2017-11-22)1.89
4"The Cavalry"Juliet MayGraham Linehan, Sharon Horgan, Helen Linehan & Holly Walsh28 November 2017 (2017-11-28)1.61
5"The After Party"Juliet MayGraham Linehan, Sharon Horgan, Helen Linehan & Holly Walsh5 December 2017 (2017-12-05)N/A
6"The Caretaker"Juliet MayGraham Linehan, Sharon Horgan, Helen Linehan & Holly Walsh12 December 2017 (2017-12-12)N/A

Future[edit]

Series 2 was commissioned on the 8th of March 2018 to air later in the year.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Martinson, Jane (6 October 2016). "BBC's Motherland to return as full series". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Sitcom Season - Motherland". BBC Media Centre. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Motherland". BBC. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  4. ^ Stevens, Christopher. "Amid the rage and despair, being a parent is a laughing matter..." Mail Online. Retrieved 8 November 2017. 
  5. ^ Wilson, Benji. "Motherland reaches similar comedy heights to Fawlty Towers". The Telegraph. Retrieved 8 November 2017. 
  6. ^ Dowell, Ben. "BBC orders a full series of middle-class mum sitcom Motherland". Radio Times. Retrieved 26 May 2018. 

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