The BBC has handed out an early renewal to Motherland. A week ahead of the second season premiere, BBC Two has picked up the comedy series for a third season.
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 comedy series is produced by Merman and Delightful Industries and stars Anna Maxwell Martin, Diane Morgan, Philippa Dunne, Lucy Punch, Paul Ready and Tanya Moodie.
The third season was commissioned by BBC Two Controller Patrick Holland and the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning Shane Allen. The series is penned by Sharon Horgan, Holly Walsh, Helen Linehan and Barunka O’Shaughnessy. The executive producers are Clelia Mountford, Sharon Horgan, Richard Boden and Holly Walsh. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Alex Moody. “Making the second series of Motherland was even more therapeutic than the first”, Sharon Horgan said in a statement. “We gratefully accept Shane Allen’s offer of further treatment courtesy of the BBC.”
While the BBC’s Shane Allen added: “The sheer amount of top of their game comedy brains both in front and behind camera in one show is staggering. Series two has the sharpest and paciest writing which places our relentlessly inept ensemble in to ever inventive heights of degradation, we want more and we want it as soon as possible. This is a show that will run for as long as the team are able to keep making it and is the easiest commissioning decision this side of renewing Coronation Street.”