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Love Anna Maxwell Martin In Line Of Duty? Then Motherland Is About To Be Your New Favourite Show

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If you’re someone who cannot get enough of Anna Maxwell Martin’s performance as the dastardly DCS Patricia Carmichael in Line Of Duty, then you are not alone.

The actor has earned a whole new legion of fans after her character made a surprise (and somewhat unwelcome – for AC-12, at least) return to the hit BBC cop show during the current series.

Smug, smarmy and deliciously cutting, Carmichael has served up some of the best – and most meme-able – moments of the series, which would not have been the same without Anna’s incredible facial expressions and razor-sharp delivery.

But while Anna is a master of playing it straight (or indeed, bent, if one theory about her character turns out to be true), she’s one of the country’s finest comedy actors too.

Her BBC Two sitcom, Motherland, has become a cult hit since debuting in 2016.

It follows frazzled mum Julia, played by Anna, who is struggling to juggle the trials and tribulations of parenthood with a fast-paced job, and whose poor organisational skills means she’s at odds with the “Alpha Mums” from school.

Add into the mix a rarely-seen husband who is more likely to be found down the pub than on the school run, and a mother who has been so put upon, she’ll now do anything to avoid helping her daughter, and you’ve got a recipe for a ridiculous, yet oh-so-familiar situational comedy.

So if you’re looking for something to fill the time after Line Of Duty reaches its climax this weekend, here’s why this hidden gem is an absolute must-watch...


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