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


  • TV sitcom
  • Sky Atlantic
  • 2012 - 2015
  • 9 episodes (1 series)

Period comedy written by and starring Julia Davis. Set in the 1800s, it focuses on the dark goings on in a small English village. Also features Alexandra Roach, Alex Macqueen, Rufus Jones, Rosie Cavaliero, Alexander Armstrong and more.

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Series 1, Episode 4

With time ticking on and still no sign of an heir, Edmund announces to his congregation that he and Helene are to leave Hunderby for a new life in Fiji.

Further details

With time ticking on and still no sign of an heir, Edmund announces to his congregation that he and Helene are to leave Hunderby for a new life in Fiji. Few people are happy about this, least of all Dorothy when she learns that she won't be venturing to the exotic climes but mute Geoff, now installed as Edmund's personal butler, will.

As luck would have it, the Freak Show is coming to town and, as Dorothy spots the similarities between the show's hunchback advertised in the paper to the one pictured in Helene's locket, she engineers a group trip to the show in the hope of outing Helene's dark past. Could Helene's secret be revealed when the housekeeper encounters the deformed John Whiffin?

Meanwhile, the pastor's wife and Doctor Foggerty give in to their simmering chemistry and embark on a passionate affair under the noses of Edmund and Hestor.

Broadcast details

Monday 17th September 2012
Sky Atlantic
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 18th September 2012 12:50am Sky Atlantic
Thursday 20th September 2012 11:00pm Sky Atlantic
Sunday 23rd September 2012 12:15am Sky Atlantic
Monday 4th February 2013 9:30pm Sky Atlantic
Tuesday 5th February 2013 12:50am Sky Atlantic
Thursday 7th February 2013 10:30pm Sky Atlantic
Saturday 9th February 2013 11:45pm Sky Atlantic
Monday 7th December 2015 1:10am Sky Atlantic
Friday 15th October 2021 10:30pm Sky Comedy
Friday 22nd October 2021 10:30pm Sky Comedy

Cast & crew

Julia Davis Dorothy
Alexandra Roach Helene
Alex Macqueen Edmund
Rufus Jones Dr Foggerty
Rosie Cavaliero Hesther
Alexander Armstrong Brother Joseph
Rebekah Staton Annie
Ben Bishop Tom
Jane Stanness Biddy Ritherfoot
Daniel Lawrence Taylor Geoff
Kevin Eldon John Whiffin
James Greene Old Ian
Guest cast
Andy Linden Harold Nimpston (Showman)
Writing team
Julia Davis Writer
Barunka O'Shaughnessy Writer
Production team
Tony Dow Director
John Rushton Producer
Henry Normal Executive Producer
Armando Iannucci Executive Producer
Lindsay Hughes Executive Producer
Lucy Lumsden Executive Producer
Julia Davis Executive Producer
Robin Peters Editor
David Ferris Production Designer
Nina Humphreys Composer

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