How to watch the Motherland Christmas Special online in the UK and anywhere

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It's been a long wait, but Sharon Horgan's hit comedy Motherland is back for a Christmas special, and Queen Bee Amanda (Lucy Punch) is channeling her inner (okay, not that inner) Evil Santa at her annual festive soiree with the rest of the Alpha Mums. Even if it doesn't snow, it will certainly be frosty. Follow our guide to find out where to watch the Motherland Christmas Special online for free.

Watch Motherland Christmas Special online free

The Motherland Christmas Special airs at 9pm GMT on Wednesday, December 23 on BBC Two, and anyone in the UK can stream the Motherland Christmas Special free (with a TV license), thanks to the BBC iPlayer streaming service. Brits abroad need only download a good a VPN and connect to the BBC website from anywhere.

Julia, Kevin and Liz aren't technically invited but tag along with Meg anyway, because, well, they're desperate and the alternative is just too tragic, particularly for poor Julia (Anna Maxwell Martin), who's trapped in an age-old Christmas nightmare - playing dogsbody to the dreaded in-laws.

Meanwhile, a fungal infection-hampered Liz (Diane Morgan) is determined to keep the Christmas spirit (but certainly not the wine) at bay, and Kevin's (Paul Ready) festive fever levels are dangerously (read: annoyingly) high.

Trust Meg (Tanya Moodie) to bring a bit of life to a party that places strict rules on mulled wine drinking zones, but the fun comes at the expense of a thirty-foot tall Christmas tree. 

It's chaos, and we're absolutely here for it. Dress code: tinsel and tiaras, naturally, and don't forget - shoes off! Here's how to watch the Motherland Christmas Special online - including for free.

watch Motherland Christmas Special online free uk

How to watch the Motherland Christmas Special online free in the UK


Brits have got another dose of quality BBC programming coming their way – and streaming this adrenaline-fuelled drama doesn’t have to cost a thing.

The Motherland Christmas Special airs on BBC Two at 9pm GMT on Wednesday, December 23.

But if you’ve cut the cord, or just prefer to stream your TV shows, then you can enjoy the Motherland Christmas Special online using <a href="" data-link-merchant=""" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">BBC iPlayer free of charge (provided you've got a valid TV license). Either watch live at 9pm on Wednesday, or catch-up at a later date - the episode will become available on-demand on iPlayer just after airing.

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How to watch the Motherland Christmas Special online from outside your country

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Aatif Sulleyman

Aatif is a freelance copywriter and journalist based in the UK. He’s written about technology, science and politics for publications including Gizmodo, The Independent, Trusted Reviews and Newsweek, but focuses on streaming at Future, an arrangement that combines two of his greatest passions: sport and penny-pinching.