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This period-sitcom homage to Daphne du Maurier is the most original show on television. If you didn't catch Hunderby first time round, don't miss the repeat

Hunderby is a gothic farce. A historical comedy that doesn't invite much laughter. A gruesome, scatological, period-sitcom homage to Daphne du Maurier that is unlike anything else on television. While mainstream Britcoms are presently dependent on semi-swearing and/or falling over (here's to you, primetime BBC1!), Julia Davis's recent eight-part series, co-written with Barunka O'Shaughnessy, is a peculiar creation that takes its many reference points into a disconcertingly unfamiliar place. Making the most of interest generated by its recent British Comedy Awards haul – it walked off with Best Sitcom and Best New Comedy, to the surprise of many – Sky Atlantic will reshow it in full from Monday. (If you're a Sky abstainer, it's also available on DVD.)

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- Rebecca Nicholson

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