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Julia Davis' Hunderby Returns to Sky Atlantic

Julia Davis Hunderby

As Sky continue to ramp up their original programming during 2015, there's been more than a few questions asked via the Sky com phone number about the return of some recent favourites. Sky have been unusually quiet on the subject of recommissioning their hit programmes, but that's all come to an end today as Sky make a series of announcements regarding their programming. Police thriller The Tunnel has been confirmed for a second series, but there's much more exciting news for comedy fans in store, as Hunderby has been confirmed for a two-part special on Sky Atlantic.

Picking up where the last series left off, Hunderby finds Julia Davis back in her writing and show running duties as well as on screen as the wicked housekeeper Dorothy. The town of Hunderby is still reeling from the revelations of the series finale during this two-part special, but the story isn't done yet. Our heroine, Helene is reader for a happy life with her new baby and the charming Dr Foggerty, but Dorothy has other plans as her and Mr Foggerty's sister Crippled Hesther thwart her dreams of happiness. Dorothy meanwhile is relentless in her chase of the Master of Hunderby, Pastor Edmund, though it would appear that he's been crushed by his fat (and thought dead) wife. To top it off, he's also being led astray by the sexually 'dubious' Brother Joseph. Joining the cast of series one are two newcomers, an irresistible French sexpot and a homophobic locum pastor with an unusual taste for hanging people.

The return of this award winning dark parody of Sense and Sensibility style period dramas is part of Sky's wider investment into original comedy across its wide range of channels. From Sky 1's Stella starring and written by Ruth Jones to the multi-award winning Moone Boy, starring Chris O'Dowd, Sky's commitment to producing fantastic comedy is hardly in doubt. This year will also see the release of Yonderland, After Hours and Doll & Em, which will bring new talent to the Sky family and provide Sky customers with countless hours of fantastic entertainment.

This is all part of Sky's plan to combat the content threat from Netflix, which has released award winning and critically acclaimed programming for a number of years now. Amazon, too, have been getting in on the act with Transparent, a fantastic comedy exclusive to their service. With the use of streaming services becoming more and more popular, Sky have to raise their game to stem the tide of customers quitting the service through the Sky phone book.

On the return of Hunderby, Lucy Lumsden, head of comedy at Sky said:"We couldn't be happier about the return to Hunderby. Julia Davis is such a rare talent and Sky Atlantic the perfect home for her unique voice and vision.”

Julia Davis added: “We are very excited about revisiting Hunderby, dressing up in old clothes, getting everyone back together and working with Sky Atlantic again.”

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