There are the Alpha Moms—like the oh-so-perfect Amanda (Lucy Punch)—mothers who run sparkling, organized, successful households. And then there are Julia (Anna Maxwell Martin), Liz (Diane Morgan), and Kevin (Paul Ready)—the not-even-close-to-perfect parents who are getting by, toughing it out, and barely holding it together. With each other to lean on, they will try their best in this comic, crazy look at the trials and traumas of unromanticized parenting that the Independent hails as “riotous.”
Julia struggles without her mother’s help as she tries to juggle work and parenting. She attempts to get in with the alpha moms, but instead finds herself trapped in a world of chaos.
2. The Birthday Party
Julia throws a birthday party for Ivy, but with her mom refusing to help, Julia must rely on Liz and Kevin’s party skills along with her own event-organizing savvy to make it a success.
3. Auction of Promises
Julia gets involved in a school fundraiser, where she hopes to impress a former colleague. Kevin has a battle with the cloakroom, and despite Anne’s protests, Liz takes care of the bar.
4. The Pool Party
A pool party ruins Julia’s plans right before an important event at work. Liz looks for a date, and Kevin gets annoyed by a new dad on the scene, who goes way back with Amanda.
5. The Cavalry
Julia’s in-laws arrive to help while her husband Paul is away. Luckily, Kevin is around and loves old people. Amanda reluctantly gives Liz her old coat, which has a surprising effect on Liz.
6. The After Party
Anne’s carpool propels her into the limelight. Kevin finds himself in the role of confidant for Amanda, who shares a deep secret with him. Liz and Julia’s friendship teeters on the brink.
1. No Mum Left Behind
As the school year begins, a new mum at the school gates attracts the attention of Julia, Liz and Kevin.
3. Mother's Load
Julia finds that working from home is impossible due to all the other tasks loaded upon her.
5. Le Weekend
The gang are delighted when Kevin books a cottage for them to spend half term in the countryside with all their kids.
Christmas Special Ep. 1
It’s time for Amanda’s festive soiree (dress code: tinsel and tiaras), and nothing says Christmas like Evil Santa and Anne’s Porn Star Martinis.
Nit Blitz Ep. 2
As a nit pandemic sweeps the school, Julia stands accused of causing a second wave, so she throws party that brings all the drama (and head lice) to her door.
Catchment Area Ep. 3
Liz helps Kevin with his divorce, Amanda battles Meg over trampoline club, and Julia considers religion in a bid to get Ivy into the right secondary school.
Mother's Day Ep. 4
Mother’s Day leaves Julia feeling ignored, Meg being spoiled rotten, and Amanda enduring a passive aggressive lunch with her appalling mother (Joanna Lumley).
School Trip Ep. 5
Julia, Liz, and Meg endure the school bus trip from hell with their nemesis Ashley, while Kevin helps Amanda pack up her shop, with unimaginable consequences.