Motherland: a vision of child rearing that is panic-inducingly scary

There’s something exhilarating about how Sharon Horgan, Graham Linehan and co don’t even try to make these people likable

‘I really want the children to be brought up like I was – by my mother,” sighed Julia in last year’s pilot episode of Motherland (7 November, 10pm, BBC2). Now she’s back for a full series and her life still stinks. Motherland is a six-part illustration of the unadulterated hogwash that is the concept of “having it all”. It’s Butterflies for the 21st century, where burnt rice puddings and the fantasy of an affair are small potatoes among working mothers for whom getting through the day without anyone dying is a triumph.

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