BBC Announces Motherland Spin-Off: Amandaland

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The BBC has announced a brand-new spin-off of the popular and BAFTA award-winning series Motherland, titled Amandaland. The show will focus on the beloved character of Amanda, played by Lucy Punch, as she navigates life post-divorce in a new setting.

“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.

The upcoming six-part series will focus on Amanda’s new life in South Harlesden, or ‘SoHa’ as her estate agent enthusiastically dubs it. She faces the daunting task of single-handedly raising her children, Manus and Georgie, who are now teenagers. Alone, she must confront the challenges of modern parenting, including teenage drinking and the growing concern of eco-anxiety. Turning to her confidante and ‘sidekick’, Anne (played by Philippa Dunne), Amanda navigates the often-treacherous social scene of the other parents at her children’s new school.

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Amandaland will also explore the complex relationship between Amanda and her mother, Felicity, played by the iconic Joanna Lumley. Their co-dependent dynamic, filled with backhanded compliments and subtle jabs, adds a layer of humour and depth to the show.

Sharon Horgan, Co-Founder of Merman, the production company behind the show, expressed her delight at the new series: “We’re delighted to be working with the BBC and with this incredible cast… 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.”

Clelia Mountford, Co-Founder of Merman, echoed these sentiments, highlighting the excitement of heading deeper into Amanda’s complex character and the talented comedy actors involved.

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Agapy Kapouranis, Lionsgate President of International Television & Digital Distribution, also commented on the announcement: “BBC is the perfect home for the return of these beloved characters, and we are pleased to re-team with Merman to bring Amandaland to both fans of the original series and new audiences.”

The writing team includes Holly Walsh, Helen Serafinowicz, and Barunka O’Shaughnessy.

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