BBC Two has picked up Motherland – the original comedy from Graham Linehan and Sharon Horgan that was recently piloted as part of the recent Landmark Comedy Season – to series with a six episode order, TVWise has learned.
Motherland explores 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. The cast includes Anna Maxwell Martin, Diane Morgan, Lucy Punch and Paul Ready.
The pilot episode was a critical and ratings success, earning scores of accolades and a consolidated audience of two million viewers. Motherland is the second comedy that was piloted as part of the comedy season to score a series pick-up today; with BBC One also moving forward with a full six-episode series of their Porridge sequel starring Kevin Bishop as Fletch’s grandson.
“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”, said BBC Two Channel Editor Patrick Holland. “It is savagely accurate writing, brilliantly brought to life by Anna Maxwell Martin, Diane Morgan, Lucy Punch and Paul Ready. I can’t wait!”
Penned by Graham Linehan, Sharon Horgan, Helen Linehan and Holly Walsh, the half-hour comedy is a co-production between Merman and Delightful Industries. Is is produced by Richard Boden for Delightful and executive produced by Clelia Mountford for Merman. In addition to co-writing the script, Linehan also served as the director. The show’s first season is expected to air on BBC Two in 2017.