Diane Morgan tries falconry

Diane Morgan, my beloved Philomena Cunk, has stepped outside the Cunk persona to do a short sponsored video in which she tries falconry—with unexpected results. It’s pretty clear though, that Morgan— as she’s said herself—really is Philomena Cunk.

This is a lovely video, and brings Morgan’s work back to the quality level of her work for Charlie Brooker. Long may she run! I love it when she and the bird become enamored of each other.

I hear she’s got a new t.v. show on tap, and I hope it’s good.

h/t: Amber


  1. BobTerrace
    Posted November 6, 2017 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    All alone in the field…Just Diane and the falcon…

    …and the camera person.

  2. Liz
    Posted November 6, 2017 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    “Hello, I’m Diane. I’m not scared of birds.”

  3. Paul S
    Posted November 6, 2017 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Wonder if Springwatch is online. Catch up on a few episodes in case I have the opportunity to invite a falcon for lunch.

  4. Diana MacPherson
    Posted November 6, 2017 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    The camera angles between Diane & the falcon are hilarious.

  5. Ken Kukec
    Posted November 6, 2017 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    Good to see the Mancunian bird back in the saddle (so to speak), as sharp and fine as ever.

    Good to know, too (pace Yeats), that the falcon can eventually, even in s widening gyre, hear the falconer.

    • grasshopper
      Posted November 6, 2017 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for the Yeats reference. A more rapturous poem about a raptor is The Windhover, a sonnet by Gerard Manley Hopkins.

      I caught this morning morning’s minion, king-
      dom of daylight’s dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding
      Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding
      High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing
      In his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing,
      As a skate’s heel sweeps smooth on a bow-bend: the hurl and gliding
      Rebuffed the big wind. My heart in hiding
      Stirred for a bird, – the achieve of, the mastery of the thing!

      Brute beauty and valour and act, oh, air, pride, plume, here
      Buckle! AND the fire that breaks from thee then, a billion
      Times told lovelier, more dangerous, O my chevalier!

      No wonder of it: shéer plód makes plough down sillion
      Shine, and blue-bleak embers, ah my dear,
      Fall, gall themselves, and gash gold-vermilion.

      One of my favourite poems.

    • Tim
      Posted November 6, 2017 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

      I hate to be pedantic (who am I kidding, I _love_ to be pedantic..) but someone from Bolton wouldn’t consider themselvesto be a Mancunian. She is funny, though.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted November 6, 2017 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

        Thanks for the clarification, Tim; my ear isn’t sharp enough to pick up that distinction.

      • Craw
        Posted November 6, 2017 at 9:08 pm | Permalink


  6. Blue
    Posted November 6, 2017 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    And Ms Morgan + her pram workout:
    “all ya’ need is a watermelon” which
    every recently delivered mama ‘d so know, too !

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTk1bWLrd3c !


  7. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted November 6, 2017 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    Seeing as how this site likes owls, here’s a falconer(?) in Tverskoy Boulevard, Moscow with a rather beautiful owl.

    The event was a sort of week-long history pageant spread through several of the main boulevards, with people in historical costume demonstrating old weapons and crafts and pastimes. The owl was quite tame and allowed itself to be gently stroked by onlookers.


  8. ploubere
    Posted November 7, 2017 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    So glad Philomena is back!

  9. Michael Fisher
    Posted November 7, 2017 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    Philomena & the cute killer bird looked very comfy on the sofa together

    The “Connect Four” game setup on the foreground table at 2:10 is wrong though – Diane or the feathery one have two unconnected diagonals of four red displayed. Probably distracted by the jigsaw making or the anticipation of Spring Watch on the Goggle Box.

  10. timhoverd
    Posted November 7, 2017 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    New TV show is motherland. Pilot was last year, first episode is today here in Blighty.


  11. Mike
    Posted November 7, 2017 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    Her personna in Motherland ,appears to be the one whose shagged a few of the others Husbands in earlier times,and is looked on as a Slut by the others, with th e exception of two other Mothers, the Pilot was very funny,looking forward to the series.

  12. BJ
    Posted November 7, 2017 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Jerry and Philomena Cunk: the greatest love story never told.

    Great video. The way she eyes that bird with contempt and fear is brilliant. What a performer!

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