How will the mums (and dads) of Motherland manage to navigate a new term at both the school gates and at home? We’re guessing, badly…
Motherland, Monday 7 October, 10pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102). Also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > BBC iPlayer
Shining a hilarious spotlight on the perils of motherhood, Motherland began life as a pilot aired during BBC Two’s “Sitcom Season”. Series 1 soon followed, with the writing team – Sharon Hogan, comedian Holly Walsh, and Helen and Graham Linehan (Father Ted and The IT Crowd) – delving further into the daily lives of stressed-out mums.
The farcical, side-splitting series follows Anna Maxwell Martin’s permanently exasperated Julia as she navigates life as a mother, from her kid’s first day at a new school to meeting the “Alpha Mums” led by the too-good-to-be-true Amanda (Lucy Punch).
Now, though, with season 2 on the way, a whole new term and new challenges, await Julia and her unlikely cohorts Kevin (Paul Ready) and Liz (Diane Morgan)…
Along with juggling competitive parenting, relationships and self-employment, alongside child care and keeping up appearances, there’s a new face on the school scene to contend with. Tanya Moodie joins the passive aggressive parents of Motherland as larger-than-life Meg.
That’s not all that season 2 has in store, though, and we caught up with Sharon, Holly, Helen and some of the cast to find out more.
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