“Cunk on Britain” tonight

Several Brits have written to inform me that the first episode of “Cunk on Britain”, Philomena’s series on her beloved land, plays tonight on BBC Two. There will be five episodes, with two scheduled. The first is this evening at 10 pm England time (don’t ask me what it’s formally called)—about an hour and a half from this posting; and the second episode is in a week:

Little do the people who wrote me know that I won’t be able to SEE this, which makes me unspeakably sad. (BBC shows are embargoed in the US.) It’s like telling me they’re giving out free glasses of 1982 Petrus at a bar in Mongolia.

Here’s one clip, which makes me want to watch it even more (click on screenshot):


  1. Posted April 3, 2018 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    It’s called British Summer Time (at this time of year, as opposed to Greenwich Mean Time the rest of the year). 🙂

    • docbill1351
      Posted April 3, 2018 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

      If it was true to its name, British Summer Time would last a single day.

      • neil
        Posted April 3, 2018 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

        it’s measured from the Greenwich Marillion Line, which is named after the band, who took their name from it…

      • Posted April 3, 2018 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

        And there would be a prize for the first person on September 21 to guess which day it was.

      • Pierluigi Ballabeni
        Posted April 4, 2018 at 2:26 am | Permalink

        With the effect of global warming, It is rather a whole week now.

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted April 4, 2018 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

        Quoth Flanders, “I missed Summer last year. I was in the bath.”

  2. Charles Kinsley
    Posted April 3, 2018 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    They’re giving out free tastings of 1981 Petrus?! Where in Mongolia?

  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted April 3, 2018 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    Maybe later they will bring this over, never know. I remember some years ago we got the British series – Law and Order, UK. I thought it was better than the U.S. version.

  4. Øystein
    Posted April 3, 2018 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    I have always wondered if the experts she interviews are in on the joke, or if they are initially misled into thinking it’s for a real documentary. Does anyone know?

    • GBJames
      Posted April 3, 2018 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

      She’s well enough known that they would have to be in on it. Or else reaaaaaaaaly naive!

      • Øystein
        Posted April 3, 2018 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

        Yes, that’s my thought as well. But there must be some experts who hasn’t heard about her, and I wonder if they tell them in advance that it’s a joke or if they let them discover it the hard way.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted April 3, 2018 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, that kinda put-on has a limited shelf life. Dat’s why Ali G was in da house for only one season in da UK and two in da US of A.

        • kieran
          Posted April 3, 2018 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

          She has said that some interviews are unusable due to them laughing. She much prefers ones where they get a little angry at her characters stupidity. Check out the Adam Buxton podcast, episode 65 for a interview with Diane Morgan

          • Øystein
            Posted April 3, 2018 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

            Thanks, will do!

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted April 4, 2018 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

        Now, yes, their agents would have to be remarkably incompetent to not know who Cunk is. Originally … I think there were some genuine “What the flatulence!?” looks served up.

  5. Posted April 3, 2018 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    I recently had a trial subscription to BritBox (www.britbox.com). As you might guess from the name, it is a video streaming service specializing in British shows.

    I got it in order to see Maigret, George Simenon’s work brought to the screen, starring Rowan Atkinson of Blackadder and Mr. Bean fame. No, Maigret is NOT a comedy. Unfortunately, there’s only two episodes and I didn’t find anything else that I wanted to see so I promptly canceled thereby getting to see them both for free.

    Back to Cunk, I did a search on BritBox and they have none! Perhaps we should badger them.

    • GBJames
      Posted April 3, 2018 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

      I looked there, too! How can they have no Cunk?

      • Posted April 3, 2018 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

        I’ve just tweeted to Diane Morgan and emailed to her agent. Perhaps others have already tried this. I will certainly comment here if I hear anything useful.

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted April 4, 2018 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

        (1) Demand; or
        (2) Embargo. I would expect Auntie Beeb to keep broadcast rights to the paying audience for at least the first repeat cycle (in a couple of weeks). Then paying or co-producing partners. Then filthy lucre time (probably including box-sets of discs). And by that time it’s probably no worth the effort to try to keep off YouTube.
        I’ve not seen it myself – set on the PVR to record as a series, and I’ll bulk-watch it as is my wont.

  6. RussJ
    Posted April 3, 2018 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Have you tried using a Virtual Private Network (VPN)? These make you appear to be accessing sites from a different location from where you actually are, so you could appear to be accessing a UK website from the UK when you are actually in the USA. I’m in the UK and use Tunnelbear, and have been able to access some US sites that normally block non-US users, though haven’t tried it to access the BBC from the US. Costs £23 per year in the UK.

    • Posted April 3, 2018 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

      Tunnelbear doesn’t work to stream BBC iplayer – I tried it when I was abroad earlier this year. It used to work, but they’ve tightened up.

  7. Frank Bath
    Posted April 3, 2018 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    “Today Britain stands at a fork in its crossroads.” From trail to promote ‘Cunk on Britain’ tonight at 10 pm BST.

  8. Randall Schenck
    Posted April 3, 2018 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    OFF TOPIC but there is an active shooter at You Tube HQ. This is on CNN now.

    Said to be a female shooter…

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted April 3, 2018 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

      Still very little information. Some people going to the hospital is about all. Very large employer in San Bruno, roughly 1700 people work there.

  9. Nicholas K.
    Posted April 3, 2018 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    Wouldn’t it be nice if the cable station BBC America actually showed some British programming? The last I saw of this station (I dumped cable a year ago), BBC America had Star Trek Next Generation on pretty much all the time. Not a British show! I guess having Patrick Stewart was enough to make it British. What a shame. When it first aired, BBC America was one of my favorites.

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted April 3, 2018 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

      More likely to get them on PBS. Lots of British shows there.

      • Nicholas K.
        Posted April 3, 2018 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

        Hulu actually has a pretty good selection, including “Line of Duty” a police procedural that is my new favorite show.

        • Posted April 3, 2018 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

          Line of Duty is very good indeed. The latest series was the best so far.

          Look out for Save Me from Sky Atlantic starring and written by Line of Duty‘s Lennie James. It’s gut-wrenching but if there’s a better acted series this year I’ll be very surprised.

  10. Nick260682
    Posted April 3, 2018 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Favourite line so far to one of the historians:

    “We know that King Arthur came a lot don’t we”.

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted April 3, 2018 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

      Oh yeah, like the Indians at Custer’s last stand.

    • bric
      Posted April 4, 2018 at 3:36 am | Permalink

      If that lady historian was in on it she’s a very good actor

      – No it’s CAMELOT
      – Oh. But do we know if he came a lot?
      – Well he only had one child . . .

  11. Posted April 3, 2018 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    England time? Um, GMT?

  12. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted April 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    I read absolutely everything in this post with ruthless skepticism.



    Me : ummmmm…. I think this is supposed to be sardonically witty but I don’t know how….

    • Posted April 3, 2018 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

      Nope. It mean what it says. It’ll be shown on BBC2 (the BBC’s second TV channel) in every region except Northern Ireland.

      • ThyroidPlanet
        Posted April 3, 2018 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

        Your comment- it has a subtle wit to it.

    • Posted April 4, 2018 at 12:57 am | Permalink

      This isn’t as sinister as it might appear. The BBC has a long tradition of regional and local programming. BBC Scotland and BBC Wales often run different schedules to BBC England outside of prime time, so you’re as likely to see “BBC Two except Scotland”. The English regions also get their own local programming, notably in the early evening, when the half-hour of national news at 18:00 is followed by a half-hour local news at 18:30. Here in the Cambridge area, the local news is listed, slightly confusingly, as “Look East (West)”.

      • Gareth
        Posted April 4, 2018 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

        BBC Wales used to be last week’s BBC England, not sure if thats still true.
        It was great when visiting family whilst growing up abroad, as if there was a good movie on I’d catch it twice.

        Filmon.com lets you watch live broadcast TV from the UK, though I see they limit your viewing time now.
        Still you can pay for that service, uses some loophole of the antenna being used to receive the broadcast being located in the UK.

  13. Jo H.
    Posted April 4, 2018 at 2:40 am | Permalink

    grab it while it lasts.

    • GBJames
      Posted April 4, 2018 at 8:33 am | Permalink


  14. bric
    Posted April 4, 2018 at 3:38 am | Permalink

    The Great British Penis

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