British Comedy Guide

Yonderland. Debbie Maddox (Martha Howe-Douglas). Copyright: Working Title Films.


Sky One sitcom set in a fantasy land. 25 episodes (3 series), 2013 - 2016. Stars Martha Howe-Douglas, Mathew Baynton, Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby and others.

Yonderland. Image shows from L to R: Ben Willbond, Laurence Rickard, Jim Howick. Copyright: Working Title Films.

Series 1, Episode 5 - Closing The Portal

Debbie has had enough of the quests and wants her life back, to concentrate on her family, not being The Chosen One.

Full synopsis

Debbie has had enough and wants her life back. It all comes to a head when she returns from her latest trip to find the table laid out for a candlelit dinner, an uneaten takeaway and hubby Peter fast asleep on the sofa.

Elf doesn't want Debbie to quit, but, if she's certain, he knows how to close the portal forever.

It involves one last quest, though, as Debbie sets out to collect magical properties from specific lands: water from the spa of Gesundheit; fire from the free-spirited Ennythingos; and earth from Parvula, home to the impossibly cute and complimentary Parvuli.

Having got everything on her shopping list, will Debbie be able to turn her back on Yonderland? Either way, by the episode's end, Elf proves to be more than just a pretty face. OK, pretty might be pushing it.

Broadcast details

Sunday 1st December 2013
Sky One
30 minutes


  1. Monday 2nd December 2013 at 6:00pm on Sky One
  2. Friday 6th December 2013 at 8:00pm on Sky One
  3. Saturday 28th December 2013 at 7:30am on Sky One
  4. Saturday 28th December 2013 at 3:00pm on Sky One
  5. Sunday 29th December 2013 at 7:00am on Sky One
  6. Monday 30th December 2013 at 2:30pm on Sky One
  7. Friday 11th April 2014 at 9:30am on Sky One
  8. Monday 14th April 2014 at 9:00am on Sky One
  9. Friday 26th December 2014 at 7:30am on Sky One
  10. Tuesday 30th June 2015 at 8:00pm on Sky Two
  11. Sunday 5th July 2015 at 9:00pm on Sky Two
  12. Wednesday 19th August 2015 at 4:00pm on Sky Two

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Martha Howe-Douglas Debbie Maddox
Mathew Baynton Various
Jim Howick Various
Simon Farnaby Various
Laurence Rickard Various
Ben Willbond Various
Dan Skinner (as Dan Renton Skinner) Peter
Martha Howe-Douglas Various (Voice)
Writing team
Toby Davies Writer
Production team
Steve Connelly Director
Sioned Wiliam Producer
Tim Bevan Executive Producer
Eric Fellner Executive Producer
Juliette Howell Executive Producer
Lucy Lumsden Executive Producer
Saskia Schuster Executive Producer
Martin Baker Co-producer
Pete Coogan Co-producer
Mike Holliday Editor
Lee Gordon Production Designer
Ricky Eyres Production Designer
Philip Pope Composer


Episode 5 Clip

Debbie returns to the Elders' chamber to find out what this week's task may be...

Featuring: Martha Howe-Douglas (Debbie Maddox), Mathew Baynton, Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Laurence Rickard, Ben Willbond.

The Parvuli's Ode to Debbie

Debbie met the ridiculously cute Parvuli.

Featuring: Martha Howe-Douglas (Debbie Maddox).

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