Motherland has been renewed for a third series

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The renewal comes just before the second series gets underway…

Motherland will be back for another series on BBC Two next year. A third series has just been commissioned by the Beeb, a week ahead of series two’s debut.

The show, which is written by Sharon Horgan, Holly Walsh, Helen Linehan and Barunka O’Shaughnessy, explores the less pleasant side of motherhood, and has been a hit with viewers. Stars Anna Maxwell Martin, Diane Morgan, Philippa Dunne, Lucy Punch, Paul Ready and Tanya Moodie are all set to return for the third run.

“Making the second series of Motherland was even more therapeutic than the first,” Sharon Horgan said in a statement. “We gratefully accept Shane Allen’s offer of further treatment courtesy of the BBC.”

Allen, the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning, then added: “The sheer amount of top of their game comedy brains both in front and behind camera in one show is staggering. Series two has the sharpest and paciest writing which places our relentlessly inept ensemble in to ever inventive heights of degradation, we want more and we want it as soon as possible. This is a show that will run for as long as the team are able to keep making it and is the easiest commissioning decision this side of renewing Coronation Street.”

More on Motherland series 3 as it arrives.