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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Hunderby Revisited, Episode 2

Dorothy and Hester join forces to ensnare the men of their dreams.

Further details

The return to Hunderby concludes in marvelously macabre fashion as Dorothy and Hester join forces to ensnare the men of their dreams.

Learning that Hester recently overheard some skeletons tumbling out of her closet, Dorothy agrees to help drive a wedge between Helene and Graham. Meanwhile, Edmund is caught in a compromising position with Brother Joseph, leading Dorothy to devise a rather self-serving plan to save him from the hangman's noose.

Broadcast details

Thursday 17th December 2015
Sky Atlantic
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 17th April 2016 3:20am Sky Atlantic

Cast & crew

Julia Davis Dorothy
Alexandra Roach Helene
Alex Macqueen Edmund
Rufus Jones Dr Foggerty
Rosie Cavaliero Hesther
Alexander Armstrong Brother Joseph
Jane Stanness Biddy Ritherfoot
Reece Shearsmith Pastor John
Guest cast
Alison Lintott Wench 1
Tabitha Wady Wench 2
Writing team
Julia Davis Writer
Barunka O'Shaughnessy Writer
Production team
Tony Dow Director
Ted Dowd Producer
Henry Normal Executive Producer
Lindsay Hughes Executive Producer
Lucy Lumsden Executive Producer
Julia Davis Executive Producer
Robin Peters Editor
David Ferris Production Designer
Nina Humphreys Composer


Julia Davis's cavalcade of cruelty, violence and suggestions for how Jane Austen might have described vaginas reaches the end of a relentless two-parter. Graham adores Helene, a desire thwarted by his estranged wife and Helene's new suitor, the witchfinder-y pastor. The cast give their all, notably Rufus Jones, whose depiction of Graham's impotence is immensely ballsy. But most comedies spend whole episodes building up to the sort of vulgar explosion Hunderby rams into every scene. Less is sometimes more.

Jack Seale, The Guardian, 17th December 2015

Radio Times review

Mercy! Heavens! You can forget about the flowery dialogue, this concluding episode of the dark period comedy tips over into a cruel farce. There are lashings of blood, bodily fluids, disfigurement, frottage - and a bloody great mallet.

Julia Davis outdoes Kathy Bates in Misery when she wields that. As the plot races frantically in search of a conclusion, Davis's spiteful housekeeper Dorothy manipulates everyone around her to such an extent (stealing babies, crucifying monkeys and telling the lovely Alexandra Roach's Helene her beau reviles her "sour face and bland company") it's hard to continue the suspension of disbelief. Why can't anyone see through this loathsome woman's lies?

David Crawford, Radio Times, 14th December 2015

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