BBC announces Motherland spin-off Amandaland

BBC announces Motherland spin-off Amandaland

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Monday, 20th May 2024
Phillipa Dunne, Lucy Punch and Joanna Lumley (Credit: BBC)

Motherland’s yummy mummy Amanda takes centre stage, with Lucy Punch getting her own spin-off show.

Motherland asks the question "can we have it all?" and the answer appears to be no. Modern motherhood is examined and the middle-class mothers at the centre of the BBC comedy never get a moment of peace, whether they're faced with nit outbreaks, charity fundraisers or catchment areas. 

Anna Maxwell-Martin (Line of Duty) leads the original series as a working mother forced to take a more active role in her children’s school routine. When she befriends Liz (Diane Morgan, Cunk on Earth) and Kevin (Paul Ready, A Gentleman in Moscow) at the cafe after school drop off, the group regularly come up against the unofficial top dog of the ‘Alpha Mums’, Amanda, played by Lucy Punch (A Series of Unfortunate Events).

Although Amanda initially appeared untouchable, with a perfect marriage and perfect children, in series two her marriage with Johnny (Terry Mynott, The Mimic) fell apart, and the flawless façade cracked.

Amandaland joins the alpha mum in her downsized apartment in the much-less desirable South Harlseden with her kids entering secondary school. Luckily, Amanda’s minion and biggest fan Anne (Phillipa Dunne, Derry Girls) is also returning, to help Amanda through the pending teenage rebellion and secondary school worries.

British icon Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous) will also be returning as Amanda’s mother, starring alongside her in a backhanded comedy double act.

The series will be produced by Motherland’s writer Sharon Horgan’s production company Merman. Horgan commented: “We’re delighted to be working with the BBC and with this incredible cast.

Motherland took off in a way that none of us were expecting and it’s just so exciting that we get to continue to make this next chapter of parenthood and friendship. We have new parents, a new school and new problems to look forward to. We can’t wait to get going on it”.

BBC’s Head of Comedy, Tanya Qureshi, said: “Motherland continues to be one of the most loved comedies on the BBC, and we’re so pleased we are carrying on with the story, taking the characters in a new direction and to a different postcode.

“Lucy, Joanna and Phillipa are three of the funniest comedy actors around and we’re thrilled to have them on board.”

BBC One’s Amandaland does not currently have a release date set.

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Motherland’s yummy mummy Amanda takes centre stage, with Lucy Punch getting her own spin-off show.