Hunderby [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2.4 Import - United Kingdom ]
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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Alternative Footage, Anamorphic Widescreen, Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Hunderby 1831 - A young woman thought to be a spinster missionary is washed up on the beach. In an attempt to escape her terrible past, she assumes the name of Helene Blone and marries the local widowed pastor and master of Hunderby. Once wed, it soon becomes apparent that Pastor Edmund is not quite the man he appeared to be and his peculiar housekeeper Dorothy (Julia Davis) makes it clear she prefers the dead wife, doing all she can to undermine the new mistress. Such trials push Helene towards the sturdy arms of the dashing Doctor Foggerty. Can she resist his charms and birth her husband an heir to save Hunderby? ...Hunderby
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The story begins with a shipwreck and a woman who washes up on shore by the name of Helene. However, that's not really her name because she's a stowaway running from her past. Immediately, after being revived by the doctor while others took her for dead, she is courted by Edmund, a brimstone preaching vicar who is a crude man. When Helene marries him and comes to live in his rather large house, things turn even darker and creepier than Jane Eyre and the mad wife locked away. Frankly, there is a madwoman, but she's wandering around as the as the housekeeper named Dorothy.
Helene quickly becomes disillusioned with her new life and falls for the advances of the doctor who saved her life. They begin this rather entertaining affair, copulating at every turn. In the meantime, her vicar husband is finding that he has a sexual propensity toward men and, in particular, one of his servants. All the while in the background, the crazy housekeeper is out to discredit Helene any way that she can because she's in love with Edmund.
The series is dark. The humor is crude. And the ending a hoot. If you like the kind of twisted dark humor that will give you a laugh and the willies at the same time, Hunderby is the one for you!
If you love BBC then take a ride with Hunderby and enjoy some bloody great British humor. So tongue and cheek, Hunderby will have you gasping and jaw dropping from the start. Not at all what you are expecting.
This is a storylline you just can't guess.
I fell in love with the style, language, atmosphere, comedy and deliciously written characters from the very start and ended up watching the entire series all the way through in one evening. And just like the previous reviewer I was literally howling with laughter throughout.
Highly recommended for anyone who appreciates dark humour, silliness and very well made period costume dramas :)