Motherland: 10 Extra Reveals and Motion pictures to See the Good Forged In

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If you’re anything like us, not only have you played the latest series from the BBC School Gate sitcom Motherland, you’ve re-watched the first two seasons about ten times now.

And while we can’t imagine a time before Julia, Amanda and Co were in our lives, the actors who portray the middle-class parents of an elementary school in West London have long been in the acting community.

So if you can’t get enough of Lucy Punch (Amanda), Diane Morgan (Liz), Tanya Moodie (Meg), Anna Maxwell Martin (Julia), and Paul Ready (Kevin), here are 10 more places to get them can find just as brilliant …

A series of unfortunate events – Lucy Punch

Streaming on: Netflix


A Series Of Unfortunate Events is an American dark comedy drama based on the children’s novel series of the same name, Lemony Snicket.

It follows the misadventures of the three Baudelaire children being pushed back and forth between different nursing homes after a mysterious fire destroyed their home and killed their parents.

Lucy appeared as Esmé Squalor, a love interest for Neil Patrick Harris’ devious character, Count Olaf, in seasons two and three. Esmé is a distant relative of the central children who is determined to claim the family fortune for himself.

Mandy – Diane Morgan

Streaming on: BBC iPlayer


Mandy is Diana’s own sitcom, which she writes, directs and plays as the title character.

The Bitesize series (each episode is only 15 minutes long) is appropriately silly. It starts when Mandy is obsessed with a sofa she saw in a shop window and is desperate to get it.

Motherland guest star and regular EastEnder Natalie Cassidy appear on the final episode, while other cameos include Maxine Peake, Shaun Ryder and Sean Lock.

A Witches’ Discovery – Tanya Moodie

Streaming on: NOW


This fantasy drama from Sky Original is based on the All Souls book series by Deborah Harkness and is named after the first novel in the trilogy.

It begins when a historian discovers a manuscript that takes her into a world of magic, in which she has to unravel the secrets of magical beings.

Tanya appears as the demon named Agatha Wilson and stars alongside Alex Kingston and Trevor Eve and Line Of Duty actors Owen Teale and Aishya Hart. Speaking of …

Line of Duty – Anna Maxwell Martin

Streaming on: BBC iPlayer

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Chances are you got to the motherland after seeing Anna on Line Of Duty against the insidious AC-3 boss DCS Patricia Carmichael for the first time. So we probably don’t need to tell you too much about the hit BBC cop drama.

However, if you’re not one of the 15 million people already obsessed with Line Of Duty, it’s basically a fantastically intricate police process with a specialized anti-corruption department investigating “bent copper-copper” and their links to organized crime.

Anna makes her first appearance in the fifth series and returns in the sixth series – although you should probably start the show over if you want it to make sense.

Terror – Paul ready

Streaming on: BBC iPlayer


Much like how people can’t get over Anna walking between such extreme characters with Julia from Motherland and Carmichael from Line Of Duty, Paul fans have similarly puzzled over how different his character is in The Terror from Kevin.

In case you haven’t seen the horror anthology drama, the first series – in which Paul as a doctor and naturalist Dr. Harry Goodsir appears – on a fictional account of Captain Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition to the Arctic in 1845–1848, produced by Ridley Scott.

Bad teacher – Lucy Punch

Streaming on: Netflix

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After a string of roles in British films, Lucy moved full time to the US, and it wasn’t long before she landed a major Hollywood role in the 2011 film Bad Teachers, which she shared on screen with Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake.

In it, she played the hypocritical school teacher Amy Squirrel, who becomes a rival Cameron character Elizabeth when she’s less than impressed with Elizabeth’s teaching style.

It has to be said, however, that Lucy’s role is hands down the best part of what is otherwise not a great movie.

After Life – Diane Morgan

Streaming on: Netflix


This Ricky Gervais sitcom has proven to be a huge hit since it debuted on Netflix in 2019.

Playing Tony, whose life is turned upside down after his wife dies of breast cancer, Ricky decides to punish the world by saying and doing what he wants.

Diane plays Kath in After Life, a colleague of Tony in the Tambury Gazette.

This time with Alan Partridge – Tanya Moodie

Streaming on: BBC iPlayer

BBC / Baby Cow

Tanya recently appeared in the second series of Steve Coogan’s newest vehicle for his popular comedy character Alan Partridge.

She played the guest character Izzy Barnes in the fourth episode, in which the drama therapist led a live workshop in the studio, in which some classic Partridge scenes played out.

The role also had a personal relationship with Tanya, as she is a patron of the drama therapy charity Roundabout Therapy in real life.

Bad Omen – Anna Maxwell Martin

Streaming on: Amazon Prime

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Good Omens is based on the book of the same name by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett and focuses on an angel and a demon who must form an unlikely alliance to stop an impending Armageddon.

The problem is that they lost the Antichrist, an 11 year old boy who has no idea he needs to help stop the end of days.

Anna plays Beezlebub, the leader of the forces of hell.

MotherFatherSon – Paul ready

Streaming on: BritBox


Written and created by Emmy nominee Tom Rob Smith – the man behind The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story and London Spy – this BBC drama tells the story of a dysfunctional family of a newspaper mogul.

In it, Paul Nick Caplan, a journalist for the Finch family newspaper, plays the National Reporter.

The series, which also starred in Richard Gere and the late Helen McCrory, received positive reviews from critics on its debut in 2019, even if it was included a certain disturbing scene.

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