Motherland 2021 cast and episodes as hit BBC Two show returns

Motherland series 3 cast, number of episodes and how to watch online

Motherland is back for a new series in 2021 – when is it on TV and who’s on the cast?


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.

A brand new series is on its way to BBC Two – here’s all you need to know!

When does Motherland start?

Motherland series 3 airs on TV on Monday nights at 9PM on BBC Two. Alternatively the full series is available to watch online via BBC iPlayer here.

The cast will welcome back Anna Maxwell-Martin as Julia, Lucy Punch as Amanda, Diane Morgan as Liz, Paul Ready as Kevin, Tanya Moodie as Meg and Philippa Dunne as Anne.

Meanwhile Joanna Lumley will appear as a guest star in the new season.

Series 3 will run for five episodes.


Episode 1 (10 May) – As a nit pandemic sweeps the school, Julia stands accused of triggering a second wave, so she throws a nit treatment party that brings all the drama (and headlice) to her door.

Episode 2 (17 May) – Liz has a shock as she helps Kevin navigate his divorce, Amanda battles Meg over trampoline club, and Julia considers religion in a bid to get Ivy into the right secondary school.

Episode 3 (24 May) – Mother’s Day leaves Julia feeling ignored while Meg gets spoilt rotten. Amanda endures a passive aggressive lunch with her appalling mother Felicity.

Episode 4 (31 May) – Julia, Liz and Meg endure the school coach trip from hell with their nemesis Ashley, while Kevin helps Amanda pack up her shop – with unimaginable consequences.

Episode 5 (7 June) – At the PTA charity FUNraiser, Julia resolves to leave Paul for her builder Garry, Kev’s attempts to clear the air with Amanda backfire and Anne finally loses her rag.

The series is the third to air on BBC Two.

You can watch past series on BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime Video while the first series is available on Netflix.


Motherland first debuted in 2016 with a one-off pilot before a first series of six episodes debuted in 2017. Series 2 aired in 2019 while 2020 saw a one-off Christmas special.

Picture: BBC – cast of season 3 of Motherland.