06 Oct 2016

Motherland Commissioned to Series

Garnering a consolidated audience of 2m and great critical acclaim, following its one-off episode as part of the New On Two strand of the Landmark Sitcom Season, Motherland has been commissioned to series for BBC Two.

Written by Graham Linehan and Sharon Horgan, Helen Linehan and Holly Walsh, Motherland is a show all about navigating the trials and traumas of motherhood, looking at the competitive and unromantic sides of parenting – not the cute and acceptable public face of motherhood.

Graham Linehan says: “I’m delighted to be working with such a gifted team. This is a world that seems to be brimming with comic possibilities and yet somehow under-explored, and I can’t think of better people, behind the cameras and in front of them, to be doing it with.”

Sharon Horgan says: “I am thrilled and relieved to have finally found a good use for my 13 years of mothering. Apologies in advance to the brave women and men of the school run.”

Patrick Holland, Channel Editor, BBC Two says: “How wonderful that Motherland is coming to BBC Two as a series. The pilot found a unique, confident voice that made for truly memorable comedy. It is savagely accurate writing, brilliantly brought to life by Anna Maxwell Martin, Diane Morgan, Lucy Punch and Paul Ready. I can’t wait!”

Motherland (6×30’) is written by Graham Linehan (Count Arthur Strong, Father Ted), Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe, Pulling), Helen Linehan and Holly Walsh (Dead Boss). It is a co-production between Merman and Delightful Industries and is produced by Richard Boden for Delightful and executive produced by Clelia Mountford for Merman. Motherland is directed by Graham Linehan.