Sky Atlantic has commissioned a new comedy by Nighty Night creator Julia Davis.
A black comedy, Hunderby is set in the 1800s and focuses on the plight of a shipwreck survivor, Helene, who’s washed ashore near a small English village. After meeting the puritanical widower Edmund and marrying, her dark past begins to haunt her.
When Helene moves into Edmund’s home, she falls under the eye of his housekeeper, Dorothy (Davis), who is obsessed by Edmund’s dead wife and takes a keen interest in all of her master’s affairs. While Helene attempts to keep her past behind her, she is forced to battle her demons and the increasingly difficult housekeeper.
The show, which promises to showcase Davis’s “dark and absurd humour” is to be produced by Baby Cow Productions and will be executive produced by Henry Normal and Armando Iannucci.
Hunderby is the latest in a recent raft of comedy commissions by Sky channels as the satellite broadcaster continues to grow its original programming portfolio. As well as This Is Jinsy on Sky Atlantic, Sky1 has screened Spy, Trollied, Stella, The Cafe and Mount Pleasant in the past year as part of its commitment to increase investment in British shows.
Speaking about Hunderby, Julia Davis said: “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. It’s great to be working with Stuart Murphy and Lucy Lumsden again.”
Lucy Lumsden, Head of Comedy, Sky, said: “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.”
Naomi Gibney, acting channel director, Sky Atlantic, said: “Sky Atlantic is committed to creating smart and engaging British comedy that will resonate with our target audience. Together with Kathy Burke’s Walking and Talking, Hunderby is a key title in our stellar comedy line-up.”
It is understood Hunderby will broadcast on Sky Atlantic HD this summer.