Period comedy written by and starring Julia Davis. Set in the 1800s, it focusses on a shipwreck survivor washed ashore near a small English village.
With 12 weeks still to go before Helene's baby is due, Dorothy hopes to speed up the process in order to honour the dying wishes of Edmund's mother and deliver an heir to Hunderby within a year of her death. Recruiting Biddy as a makeshift midwife, Dorothy refuses the assistance of a real medic despite Helene's protestations. "I'm sure Mistress Helene would rather Biddy's pipe up her canal than Doctor Foggerty's clumsy thumbs," says the devious housekeeper. With Edmund distracted by a gift from Brother Joseph in the form a new companion to replace Geoff, Annie goes in search of Doctor Foggerty as she fears for the safety of Helene. But when Dorothy attempts to stop Graham seeing his former lover and a struggle ensues, all hell breaks loose as a wealth of secrets are unravelled - not least the origin of bubbly milk - and everything that was known at Hunderby is turned upside down.
There's a celebratory mood in Hunderby as Edmund announces the joyful news of Helene's pregnancy, meaning they'll no longer be leaving for Fiji. "We all believed my wife's womb to be no more than a useless dungeon but I should not have doubted my seed capable of climbing diligently these past months up Helene's fatted thighs. Hunderby is restored this day for my holy cargo does swell her tub." But a baby may simply not be enough for Edmund as his feelings for Geoff escalate and soon become public knowledge. As Dorothy brands the shipwreck survivor a witch who has cursed the pastor, Brother Joseph blames the foreigner for his own unsavoury misdemeanours and forces Edmund to decide Geoff's punishment for casting his wicked spell on him. Meanwhile, Graham stagnates in a depressed stupor following the end of his relationship with Helene as Hestor keeps his locked up at home.