Motherland: BBC release trailer for series three
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Motherland is a popular TV series and it has been airing on the BBC since 2016 as part of BBC Two’s Sitcom Season. The third season was released in May 2021 with all five episodes available to watch on BBC iPlayer. Express.co.uk has all you need to know about where the series is set.
Where is Motherland set?
Motherland is set in London and it explores the ups and downs that come with middle-class parenting.
The series boasts a cast of esteemed actors and comedians, including Line of Duty star Anna Maxwell Martin as Julia.
Other characters in the sitcom include Liz (played by Diane Morgan), Kevin (Paul Ready) and Amanda (Lucy Punch).
The parents are faced with the usual trials and tribulations of bringing up children, including schooling and relationships with other parents.
The show is filmed in the Acton and Chiswick areas of West London, and scenes of the childrens’ school are filmed at Southfield Primary School in Bedford Park, London.
Acton, in the London borough of Ealing, is known for Gunnersbury Park and the Rothschild family mansion, which is now a local history museum.
Chiswick is another affluent district in London and the area is known to attract media and creative professionals.
The district includes Hogarth’s House, the former home of 18th-century English artist William Hogarth.
Broadcast Now spoke to producer Richard Boden about the filming locations, in particular the school featured in the series.
He said: “As Motherland was all shot on location, we needed lots of mums and masses of children to make the school-gate drop-offs, birthday parties and swimming pool gatherings realistic. As a result, we were more expensive than most comedy series.”
Writer Helen Linehan said she had drawn on her own personal experiences as a new mother when it came to creating the series.
She said: “It’s been a whirlwind of learning. I had no idea that there would have to be so much attention to detail.
“Our amazing art department designed a logo for our made-up school which, if you look closely, appears on all the children’s book bags and jumpers.”
The third episode of season three will be airing tonight (May 24) and actress Joanna Lumley will appear as a guest star.
The synopsis says: “It is Mother’s Day and Julia is feeling completely ignored, while Meg’s family have gone way over the top in reaction to her cancer diagnosis.
“Anne is beside herself with excitement at the prospect of a day out with her Mammy, while Liz and Kevin try to avoid mum stuff altogether with a trip to the countryside.
“Amanda’s mother Felicity travels from Cheltenham for a gloriously passive-aggressive celebratory lunch.”
Lumley plays Felicity in the latest instalment of the series.
Fans have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on season three, which is available to watch in full on BBC iPlayer.
One said: “Binged this series on iPlayer. Is there only 5 episodes? Am I being daft? Wait, don’t answer the last bit. And I hope we get another series (at least) as I love this show.”
Another said: “Joanna is absolutely spot on as Amanda’s mother. Brilliant casting.”
A third added: “Bloody brilliant #Motherland @BBC makes me cackle out loud. Fave underplayed gag – DebbieLouise ‘Dairyleecheese’ deadpan Diane Morgan’s excellent delivery. Comedy writing genius @SharonHorgan.”
The characters in the series were all inspired by real-life people the writers and creators have come across in their lives.
Some were even based on the writers themselves, as they connected over the daunting prospect of parenthood.
Motherland airs on Mondays on BBC Two at 9pm.
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