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Motherland (BBC 2, Tuesday at 10pm)

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So, Motherland was initially a comedy pilot last year for BBC Two and thanks to good audience response it was commissioned.

The writing team includes Graham Linehan (Father Ted, IT Crowd) and Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe), and actors include Anna Maxwell Martin as career woman Anna and the brilliant Diane Morgan as single mum Liz.

 

The first episode featured a chaotic birthday party, with a racist entertainer and a sick birthday girl.

Anyone else watching, or identifying strongly with the characters?

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5 minutes ago, merman said:

So, Motherland was initially a comedy pilot last year for BBC Two and thanks to good audience response it was commissioned.

The writing team includes Graham Linehan (Father Ted, IT Crowd) and Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe), and actors include Anna Maxwell Martin as career woman Anna and the brilliant Diane Morgan as single mum Liz.

 

The first episode featured a chaotic birthday party, with a racist entertainer and a sick birthday girl.

Anyone else watching, or identifying strongly with the characters?

I love it, though the first episode has easily been the best one of the 3 I have seen so far.

 

 

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I think this is brilliant so I've binge watched.

 

They've absolutely nailed the 'playground mafia' aspect. Some genuine laugh out loud moments, although episode 2 was a bit weak.

 

The episode with the in laws reminded me so much of my ex in-laws! 

 

Really enjoying it.

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I loved the pilot but three episodes into the series proper I'm not feeling it. Clunk is amazing but the tone is so grimly Bruegel-like I'm struggling to work up enthusiasm to continue. 

 

I'm not sure if the fact it's not in a studio and there's no laughter track (which I thought Lineham was always a fan of) is affecting things. There's a scene where the lead character is plunged into a room of screaming children in a pool changing room which would seem silly and unrealistic and playful if it was in a studio with laugh track but as it was felt a bit mean and spiritless. 

 

Basically, I need to watch some Father Ted. 

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On 24 November 2017 at 18:36, Fireproofradiator said:

I loved the pilot but three episodes into the series proper I'm not feeling it. Clunk is amazing but the tone is so grimly Bruegel-like I'm struggling to work up enthusiasm to continue. 

 

I'm not sure if the fact it's not in a studio and there's no laughter track (which I thought Lineham was always a fan of) is affecting things. There's a scene where the lead character is plunged into a room of screaming children in a pool changing room which would seem silly and unrealistic and playful if it was in a studio with laugh track but as it was felt a bit mean and spiritless. 

 

Basically, I need to watch some Father Ted. 

 

I've been watching The IT Crowd and Linehan mentions more than once in the commentary how much he likes the studio set-up (since his favourites including Seinfeld and Fawlty Towers were filmed with an audience).

 

But I'm guessing it was Sharon Horgan and/or Holly Walsh (co-writers with Linehan and his wife Helen) who wanted the more naturalist/documentary camera approach.

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Loving this show. One of the best UK comedies I’ve seen since PhoneShop. Obviously nowhere near as good because that’s an impossibly high bar, but fantastic nevertheless.

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I've only watched the first one and the script is pretty funny but why is everyone so bloody posh? It really takes away from the show when you've got a story that's supposed to be relatable (and it is, to be fair) then it's all acted out by the usual stage-school/Oxbridge crowd that get all the BBC comedy roles. Her house is massive! Don't think I'll be bothering with the rest.

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I love how it perfectly captures all the little passive-aggressive interactions that happen in families. My favourite was where her useless in-laws came to 'help' and she took them all out to a restaurant called "Only Fish" or something like that and the mother-in-law reveals, whilst sat at the table, that she doesn't like fish.

"Why didn't you say?"

Well, I didn't want to be a bother."

 

Like, making sure to draw attention to how she put herself out to be helpful whilst doing the opposite.. just fantastically observed.

 

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Had no idea there was a second series out, nice!

 

Although reading the thread I notice Linehan is involved, which makes me less inclined to watch now.

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26 minutes ago, ZOK said:

Had no idea there was a second series out, nice!

 

Although reading the thread I notice Linehan is involved, which makes me less inclined to watch now.

 

He's dropped off the writing team for this series (though his wife is still on it).

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Watched the whole series - I preferred the first one but there are still some glorious moments.  Sports day and the parents' night out being the highlights.

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Caught one episode of this last week and couldn't stand it - it felt like Grange Hill for middle class white adults. And I couldn't believe they pulled out the magical black lady trope - she has loads of kids! And she works! And she drinks like a maniac and kisses who she likes but she's fine the next day! And she has valuable pearls of wisdom for the put-upon white lady! I don't normally cringe at things but this took the biscuit. Must set be in the whitest bit of Acton and all.

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There was an interview with the writers where they said they wanted to address the fact they had a lack of diversity. I guess they shoehorned a new character in. Then made her super successful to try to offset other stereotypes. A bit damned if you do, damned if you don't.

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