Sky Atlantic have today announced the commission of Hunderby, a new gothic comedy series written by and starring Julia Davis.
Set in the 1800s and featuring “fiends, physicians, hunchbacks, wastrels, maids, crones, and an adorable puppy called Wilfred”, the seven 30-minute episodes will be directed by Tony Dow (Only Fools and Horses, Nighty Night).
Davis commented: “I’m so excited to be making a series for Sky Atlantic HD, a channel that has so many of my favourite shows from around the world.”
Sky’s Head of Comedy, Lucy Lumsden, added: “The genius of Julia Davis comes to Sky Atlantic HD. Her sick and twisted sense of humour has found its natural home and we can’t wait to unleash it onto our customers later this year.”
Hunderby follows a shipwreck survivor, Helene, who is washed ashore near a small English village and swept off her feet by widowed pastor Edmund. However, Helene has a history and a dark past.
The official synopsis reads: “As Helene moves into Edmund’s home, she falls under the watchful eye of housekeeper Dorothy (Davis) who is more than a little involved in her master’s life, and quite obsessed with his dead first wife, Arabelle – to whom 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.”
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