Created byJulia Davis
Written byJulia Davis
Barunka O'Shaughnessy
Directed byTony Dow
StarringAlexandra Roach
Julia Davis
Alex Macqueen
Rufus Jones
Julian Barratt
Country of originEngland
Original languageEnglish
No. of series2
No. of episodes10
Executive producersJulia Davis
Lindsay Hughes
Armando Iannucci
Lucy Lumsden
Henry Normal
ProducerJohn Rushton
Camera setupFilm, single camera
Running time8×30 mins (S1) 2×60 mins (S2)
Production companyBaby Cow Productions
Original release
NetworkSky Atlantic
Release27 August 2012 (2012-08-27) –
17 December 2015 (2015-12-17)

Hunderby is a British black comedy television series produced by Sky and written by Julia Davis.[3] It was first broadcast on Sky Atlantic in 2012. The series won two awards at the British Comedy Awards in 2012; it also won Davis a BAFTA TV Award for best comedy writing. Hunderby returned in December 2015 for a second series consisting of two one-hour specials.


Set in the 1830s, this black comedy centres on Helene, a woman who is washed ashore after her ship is wrecked off the English coast. There, she is courted by Edmund, a local pastor, and they soon get married under the understanding that Helene is still pure. However, she has a dark past that she must hide from him.

When Helene moves into Edmund's home, she falls under the watchful eye of housekeeper Dorothy, who is more than a little involved in her master's life and quite obsessed with his dead first wife, Arabelle, to whom, in her opinion, Helene simply does not compare. While Helene battles to keep her past a secret, she must navigate Dorothy's devious scheming, her husband's harsh critique and a potential new love interest in the form of Dr. Foggerty.


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Supporting roles


Sam Wollaston, television critic for The Guardian, was enthusiastic about the programme.[4] He concludes: "Hunderby is filth... the filthiest filth, but also top quality filth, and you can get away with a lot by being very good, and very funny, which it is."[4]


Hunderby debuted on Sky Atlantic in August 2012 with 246,000 viewers, the channel's second highest rated show of the week, after The Borgias.[5] In subsequent weeks ratings remained high for Sky Atlantic, with figures all above 100,000. The series had 211,000 viewers.


In 2012, Hunderby won a British Comedy Award for "Best Sitcom,” and another for "Best New Comedy Programme". For "Best Sitcom,” its competition was Rev, The Thick of It, and Twenty Twelve; for "Best New Comedy Programme,” it competed with Cardinal Burns, Moone Boy, and Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Places of My Life.[6]

In 2013, Hunderby won Julia Davis a BAFTA Craft award for "Best Comedy Writing;” Davis was also nominated for a BAFTA TV Award in the category "Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme.” Hunderby itself was nominated for a BAFTA in the "Situation Comedy" category.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Sky Atlantic Commissions New Julia Davis Comedy Hunderby | Radio Times". Radio Times. 26 January 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  2. ^ Megarry, Daniel (10 December 2015). "Julia Davis and Rufus Jones on the Return of Hunderby – Gay Times". Gay Times. Archived from the original on 29 August 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  3. ^ Harvey, Chris (27 August 2012). "Julia Davis on Hunderby, Sky Atlantic: "My horror of cruelty is why I write about it."". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  4. ^ a b Wollaston, Sam (11 December 2015). "Hunderby review: 'Woodland sex before the opening credits – oh it's good to have Julia Davis back'". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Top 10 Programmes - BARB". Archived from the original on 18 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Winners 2012". British Comedy Awards.