Gavin and Stacey star Julia Davis in new Sky comedy, Hunderby

by Lynn Connolly

Fans of Julia Davis may best remember her as Dawn Sutcliffe, the boozy neighbour of the Shipman’s in Gavin and Stacey

However, it’s been revealed today that she’s to star in a new comedy on Sky Atlantic entitled, Hunderby.

Julia also wrote the new comedy, which is reportedly an “homage to Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca.”

Here’s the press release about the show…

A black comedy set in the 1800s which focuses on Helene, a shipwreck survivor washed ashore near a small English village. There, she is swept off her feet by widowed pastor Edmund and the two soon marry, the puritanical Edmund believing his bride to be untouched by another man. But she has a history, a dark past that she cannot escape…

As Helene moves into Edmund’s home, she falls under the watchful eye of housekeeper Dorothy (played by Julia 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.

Sky says: “In a gothic setting populated by the requisite cast of fiends, physicians, hunchbacks, wastrels, maids, crones, and an adorable puppy called Wilfred, Hunderby oozes with the dark and absurd humour that has become Julia Davis’s trademark.”

In the show, Julia plays the role of a shipwreck survivor Helene, who finds herself washed ashore at Hunderby, a small English village which is full of strange and scary characters. However, she’ll soon be swept off her feet by widowed pastor Edmund.

Of Hunderby, which will air in the summer, Julia 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.”

And Lucy Lumsden, Sky’s head of comedy, added, “Julia’s genius, her sick and twisted sense of humour, has found its natural home and we can’t wait to unleash it later this year.”

I can’t wait to see this! In the meantime, here’s a reminder of Julia playing Dawn – and the rest of the cast – in Gavin and Stacey’s outtakes…


Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.