“Motherland” isn’t the public face of motherhood, it’s unromanticised parenting: competition, cafes full of kids, dog-poo bags standing in as replacement lunchboxes…

We meet the ‘Alpha Mums’ headed by Amanda, who is very much the Queen Bee: everything is organised, clean and sparkly – even the kitchen cork board is a statement of success. Yet at the other end of the spectrum, we meet Liz, who’s totally chaotic and feels the kids should enjoy free expression.

Somewhere in the middle is Julia, played by the magnificent Anna Maxwell Martin. She decides to throw her daughter Ivy a birthday party, but when her own Mum refuses to help out, is sure that with Kevin and Liz on board, it’s going to be a breeze…

See Anna in “Motherland” on BBC2 from Tuesday 7th November.