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How the BBC turned down Hunderby

The BBC turned down the chance to make Hunderby, creator Julia Davis has revealed. And she had sack Alexander Armstrong from the key role of Doctor Foggerty, after she found a more suitable actor in Rufus Jones.

Chortle, 4th December 2015

Julia Davis comedy Hunderby to return to Sky Atlantic

Julia Davis's black comedy Hunderby is to return to Sky Atlantic for a two-part special before the creator moves on to a new project for the channel.

British Comedy Guide, 16th February 2015

Doomed romance, bad luck and sexual confusion are hallmarks of the work of both Daphne Du Maurier and Julia Davis, so this sordid marriage of the two feels entirely natural. As a homage to Rebecca and the like, Hunderby is sublime: the turns of phrase are deft, the performances both arch and loaded with menace, and the wider production impeccably detailed. Importantly, however, room is also made for a cock-n-balls gag. Davis herself is Mrs Danvers surrogate Dorothy, pining after her late mistress (whose 'broken mound was as smooth as ham') and scheming against her new one, Helene (Alexandra Roach, doe-eyed and gauche), the shipwreck survivor courted by uptight pastor Edmund (Alex McQueen). Claustrophobic and grimly hilarious in the manner of Davis's best work, this is a triumphant opener for an award-winning series. If you missed it first time round, don't make the same mistake again.

Gabriel Tate, Time Out, 19th January 2013

Hunderby: why this Julia Davis comedy is worth watching

This period-sitcom homage to Daphne du Maurier is the most original show on television. If you didn't catch Hunderby first time round, don't miss the repeat.

Rebecca Nicholson, The Guardian, 14th January 2013

Sky Atlantic keen to order 2nd series of Hunderby

Sky are keen to order a second series of double British Comedy Award winning series Hunderby.

British Comedy Guide, 13th December 2012

Julia Davis: British TV comedy needs variety

Julia Davis talks to Metro about her new period drama-inspired comedy Hunderby and the state of British TV comedy.

Anthony Gibson, Metro, 22nd November 2012

Hunderby, DVD review

Julia Davis's Hunderby is beautifully odd, deliciously dark, and played absolutely straight, writes Rachel Ward.

Rachel Ward, The Telegraph, 16th November 2012

Last in the exquisitely funny series. Helene is confined to the attic until her pelvic explosion cometh, while Doctor Foggarty, wretched with drink, tries to make another go of it with Crippled Hester. Julia Davis and co-writer Barunka O'Shaughnessy must take several bows to deafening applause for this comic masterpiece. The hoot-per-minute rate has remained high throughout and among an exemplary cast, Alex MacQueen (as Edmund) did a full Sheryl Crow, moving from comedy backing singer to lead vocals with aplomb.

Julia Raeside, The Guardian, 8th October 2012

Hunderby: The best British period sitcom in 20 years

It's set in the bleak 1830's somewhere in England after a shipwreck, where our Helena is brought back from the dead on the beach by a Pastor. The two must have a baby within a year or they lose Hunderby. Strange, but it works...

Matt Grundy, Sabotage Times, 16th September 2012

Review: Hunderby

You're either on its wavelength, or you're not, and I'm definitely in the former camp.

Dan Owen, Dan's Media Digest, 7th September 2012

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