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 5

As Helene continues her affair with the doctor, her past looks set to be unravelled by hunchback John Whiffin.

Further details

With Helene and Graham in the throes of a passionate affair, the pastor's wife hopes to run away with her lover before her past catches up with her, especially when she mistakes the footman, Old Ian, for a hunchback in the garden. But when the doctor's wife, Hestor, overhears her husband's plans to leave with the younger woman she takes decisive action.

Meanwhile, Dorothy's scheming to disgrace Helene and stop Edmund from leaving for Fiji comes to fruition when John Whiffin arrives at the house. Armed with a tale of how his wife beat him and left him for dead, Edmund takes pity on the blind hunchback, giving Helene one heck of a surprise when she arrives home.

Terrified the truth about her identity and history is about to be revealed, Helene is horrified when Edmund encourages her to rub Whiffin's so-called magic hump in a last ditch attempt to give him an heir and keep them in Hunderby. Will the hunchback reveal the truth about his connection to the shipwreck survivor?

Broadcast details

Monday 24th September 2012
Sky Atlantic
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 25th September 2012 1:30am Sky Atlantic
Thursday 27th September 2012 11:00pm Sky Atlantic
Saturday 29th September 2012 11:15pm Sky Atlantic
Monday 11th February 2013 9:30pm Sky Atlantic
Tuesday 12th February 2013 12:45am Sky Atlantic
Thursday 14th February 2013 11:00pm Sky Atlantic
Sunday 17th February 2013 12:40am Sky Atlantic
Monday 7th December 2015 1:35am Sky Atlantic

Cast & crew

Julia Davis Dorothy
Alexandra Roach Helene
Alex Macqueen Edmund
Rufus Jones Dr Foggerty
Rosie Cavaliero Hesther
Daniel Lawrence Taylor Geoff
Kevin Eldon John Whiffin
James Greene Old Ian
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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