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Who’s Watching Sky Atlantic Period-Comedy Series ‘Hunderby’?

Who's Watching Sky Atlantic Period-Comedy Series 'Hunderby'?

Described as a period-comedy series, set in the 1800s, Hunderby recently premiered on U.K. network Sky Atlantic.  And until it becomes available to us here in the U.S, via DVD or otherwise, I’m going to to have to rely on our readers across the pond to tell me what’s up with actor Daniel Lawrence Taylor’s character, Geoff.

To get a better understanding of why I am particularly interested with the character called Geoff, first read the show’s synopsis:
“Hunderby, set in the 1800s, features Helene (Alexandra Roach, The Iron Lady), a shipwreck survivor washed ashore near a small English village. There, she is swept off her feet by widowed pastor Edmund (Alex MacQueen, The Inbetweeners, This Is England 88) 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.”
According to Sky Atlantic’s website, the character of Geoff is described only as “a mute shipwreck survivor”.
Now, I don’t want to say he looks like a slave . . . but you can see the pictures for yourself.

And the fact that he’s mute . . . could it be he simply doesn’t speak the language of those around him?  You know– like a slave?
And I only raise the issue because, lately, there seems to be an increasingly peculiar fascination with all things slavery, especially in film.  So I’m wondering if that same trend is slowly finding its way to the small screen.
However, I doubt it will fly here in the U.S. (Does anybody remember The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer?)
So, like I said before, I haven’t seen the show, and won’t be able to until Hunderby’s October 15 DVD release.  So I need our U.K. readers to talk back to me. 
Is the Geoff character in Hunderby actually a slave, as I suspect?  And more importantly, do you find Hunderby entertaining?

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