First look: Joanna Lumley joins Motherland
James R | On 15, Apr 2021
Motherland will return to our screens for a third season – and a special guest will be joining them in the shape of Joanna Lumley.
The mums – and dad – will be back to navigate the pitfalls of parenting and the clash of cliques formed at the school gate in Season 3. While the gang tackle a nit pandemic, a school trip and Mothers Day, Amanda (Lucy Punch) endures lunch with her mum Felicity (played by Joanna Lumley)
On playing Amanda’s mum, Joanna said: “I have played Lucy’s mother before, in the film Ella Enchanted: so it was a special treat to pitch up again as another fairly poisonous parent in ‘Motherland’. Although I was only in for a day it was the greatest fun to be with that dangerously talented cast.”
Season 3 will air on BBC Two soon. Until then, here’s the first image of Lumley in character:
BBC renews Motherland for Season 3
1st October 2019
A new school year beckons for Motherland as BBC has renewed the show for a third season.
Produced by Merman, with Delightful Industries, the comedy started life as a New On Two pilot and was commissioned for a full series soon after. Starring Anna Maxwell Martin (Line Of Duty), Diane Morgan (Cunk On Britain), Lucy Punch (A Series Of Unfortunate Events), Paul Ready (Bodyguard), Philippa Dunne (Derry Girls) and Tanya Moodie (Enterprice), Motherland doesn’t linger on the instagrammable side of parenting. Instead it revels in the unromantic side, navigating the trials and traumas of juggling careers and childcare, being caught in your pyjamas ‘working from home’, half-term holidays and non-competitive sports days.
It is written by Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe, Divorce, Pulling), Holly Walsh (Dead Boss), Helen Linehan (Motherland Season 1), and Barunka O’Shaughnessy (Lethal, Timewasters).
Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commissioning, says: “The sheer amount of top of their game comedy brains both in front and behind camera in one show is staggering. Season 2 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.”
Sharon Horgan says: “Making the second series of Motherland was even more therapeutic than the first. We gratefully accept Shane Allen’s offer of further treatment courtesy of the BBC.”
The renewal arrives just as the show prepares to debut its second season, which premieres on BBC Two on Monday 7th October. The full box set will be available to watch immediately after Episode 1’s broadcast on BBC iPlayer.