Hunderby. Image shows from L to R: Dr Foggerty (Rufus Jones), Hesther (Rosie Cavaliero), Dorothy (Julia Davis), Edmund (Alex Macqueen), Biddy Ritherfoot (Jane Stanness), Pastor John (Reece Shearsmith), Helene (Alexandra Roach). Copyright: Baby Cow Productions

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2012 - 2015
Sky Atlantic
9 (1 series)
Julia Davis, Alexandra Roach, Alex Macqueen, Rufus Jones, Rosie Cavaliero, Alexander Armstrong, Rebekah Staton, Ben Bishop and more
Julia Davis and Barunka O'Shaughnessy
Tony Dow
John Rushton, Ted Dowd, Henry Normal, Armando Iannucci, Lindsay Hughes, Lucy Lumsden and Julia Davis

A black comedy set in the 1830s, which focuses on Helene, a shipwreck survivor washed ashore near a small English village. There, she is swept off her feet by widowed pastor Edmund and the two soon marry, the puritanical Edmund believing his bride to be untouched by another man. But she has a history, a dark past that she cannot escape.

As Helene moves into Edmund's home, she falls under the watchful eye of housekeeper Dorothy who is more than a little involved in her master's life, and quite obsessed with his dead first wife, Arabelle - to whom Helene simply does not compare. While Helene battles to keep her past a secret, she must navigate Dorothy's devious scheming, her husband's harsh critique and a potential new love interest.

Other characters include Doctor Foggerty and his crippled wife Hester; local gossip Biddy Ritherfoot; frisky couple Annie and Tom, who are staff at Edmund's home; Brother Joseph from the local church; Geoff, a mute shipwreck survivor; and John Whiffin, a mysterious hunchbacked figure from Helene's past.

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Also known as
  • Hunderby Revisited (Series 2)
Camera set-up
Single camera

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 27th August 2012 at 10pm on Sky Atlantic
Most recent repeats
  • Friday 22nd October 2021 at 10:30pm on Sky Comedy - Episode 4
  • Friday 22nd October 2021 at 10:00pm on Sky Comedy - Episode 3
  • Friday 15th October 2021 at 10:30pm on Sky Comedy - Episode 4

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