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BBC Orders ‘Motherland’ Spin-Off ‘Amandaland’

Amanda (Lucy Punch) deals with modern motherhood horrors in a brand new spin-off

by Dave Elliott

The BBC has ordered Amandaland a brand-new spin-off from the BAFTA award-winning series ‘Motherland’, focused on Amanda (Lucy Punch).

Post her divorce, Amanda has had to downsize and up sticks to South Harlesden, or as the Estate Agent calls it SoHa (definitely not the area around Wormwood Scrubs prison).

With both Manus and Georgie now at secondary school, Amanda has to try and get her head around raising teenagers, dealing with modern motherhood horrors like teenage drinking, fake Instagram accounts and eco-anxiety. Not even a woman as certain of her parenting as Amanda can deal with these nightmares alone.

Then there’s Amanda’s mother Felicity (Joanna Lumley) who is constantly around, and completely in denial that she is, in fact, lonely. Theirs is a slightly unhealthy co-dependent relationship based on backhanded compliments and veiled snipes about her new home.

After a brief spell of freedom, Anne (Philippa Dunne) is sucked back into being Amanda’s minion to help her navigate the social scene with the other parents at the children’s new school. Thank God for Anne.

“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,” said Tanya Qureshi, Head of Comedy at the BBC. “Lucy, Joanna and Phillipa are three of the funniest comedy actors around and we’re thrilled to have them on board.”

‘Amandaland’ is written by Holly Walsh (Motherland, The Other One, Dead Boss), Helen Serafinowicz (Motherland, Nova Jones) and Barunka O’Shaughnessy (Breeders, Trying, Motherland).

The series is a Merman production for BBC One and iPlayer. The show was commissioned by Tanya Qureshi, Head of Comedy at the BBC. The Executive Producers for Merman are Sharon Horgan, Clelia Mountford, Helen Serafinowicz, Barunka O’Shaughnessy and Holly Walsh. Lionsgate distributes the series worldwide.

“We’re delighted to be working with the BBC and with this incredible cast,” adds Sharon Horgan, Co-Founder of Merman. “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.”

Amandaland‘ Season 1 does not yet have a premiere date but will air on the BBC in the UK. If you want to keep track of this or any other show, you can add it via our Never Miss system, and you’ll be notified when it gets a UK premiere date.

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