IF the greatest comedies are built on truth, Motherland is already a contender. Frazzled working mum-oftwo Julia struggles to cope with the daily grind.
The problem isn’t her kids, but a competitive clique of alpha-mums.
When the formidable Amanda shames Julia into dropping plans to have her daughter’s birthday party at Pizza Express, she ends up hosting the bash at home.
Cue dodgy cake, dodgier children’s entertainer – Animal Man, whose only animals were cats – and the full gang of grown-up mean girls turning up to see what she’s got.
Julia’s selfish mother and Gooner husband are useless.
So she relies on drippy stay-athome dad Kevin and single mum Liz, whose idea of a party game is to throw a quid into a room, tell the kids to hunt for it and shut them in.
Genuinely funny, Motherland gleefully rips up the myths of middle class motherhood. It’s like Mumsnet with fangs. WALK of Shame Shuttle has unknown drunks telling dull, sleazy stories…if we wanted that kind of thing we’d hang out with MPs.
One woman wet the bed, another’s jump-suit split on the dance floor revealing she was starkers underneath. Are these really true stories or advance plot lines from Geordie Shore?