Mother­land

The Sunday Telegraph - - Television & Radio -

“I don’t really un­der­stand your par­ent­ing style. You’re never here and when you are, you’re late, you barely get in­volved with any of the school ac­tiv­i­ties…” Teacher Mr Glen­cuddy’s as­sess­ment of Ju­lia (Anna Maxwell Mar­tin), is damn­ing, pretty fair and one that many par­ents may recog­nise. Her ca­pac­ity to talk her­self, with ever-present ric­tus grin, into night­mar­ish sit­u­a­tions to avoid los­ing face con­tin­ues to im­press and hor­rify; this week, she lands a key role in a school fundraiser in a bid to im­press Caro­line (Kirsty Bushell), a high-fly­ing for­mer col­league. Liz (Diane Mor­gan), mean­while, ca­su­ally hi­jacks ev­ery­one’s best in­ten­tions, and a clash of pas­siveag­gres­sion kicks off be­tween Caro­line and al­pha-mum Amanda (Lucy Punch) as they vie for con­trol of the event. The episode is a mas­ter­class in build­ing comic ten­sion, with each char­ac­ter given a dose of al­co­hol­fu­elled hu­mil­i­a­tion. Gabriel Tate

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