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 and 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’s 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.


Motherland on IMDB

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

Graham Linehan (Pilot), Juliet May (Series)

Richard Boden

Executive Producers
Clelia Mountford, Sharon Horgan Richard Boden and Graham Linehan

Anna Maxwell-Martin, Diane Morgan, Lucy Punch and Paul Ready


UK Transmission Date
6th September 2016 (Pilot), 7th November 2017 (Series)


Royal Television Society Craft and Design Awards 2018 Win: Best Music – Original Title for Oli Julian

British Screenwriters Awards 2018 Nomination: Best Comedy Writing on Television

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

Televisual Bulldog Awards 2018 Nomination: Best Comedy

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