Cunk on Britain, part I

I’m truly surprised that this is still up, as the BBC relentlessly removes most of its purloined videos from YouTube. So far, this one—the first of Cunk’s five-part BBC Two series—is still up. I mentioned it this morning, but you might have missed it. Have a look at this 30-minute show, which is classic Cunk, before it’s gone.

You’ll be amused at King Arthur of Come-A-Lot and the Baywatch Tapestry.

TRIGGER WARNING: Profanity!!

31 Comments

  1. Sarah
    Posted April 4, 2018 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    This sounds like an updated version of *1066 And All That*.

    • Merilee
      Posted April 4, 2018 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

      I had forgotten about 1066 and All That!

  2. DrBrydon
    Posted April 4, 2018 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    “Primative cave boffins” ftw.

  3. Posted April 4, 2018 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Are the trigger warnings really necessary? Once is tongue-in-cheek but keep it up and the Authoritarian Left may assume you are claiming to be woke. 😉

  4. Posted April 4, 2018 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    I like this episode even more than her earlier stuff. I’ve never been to Plymouth but they must be outraged at their treatment.

    • Frank Bath
      Posted April 4, 2018 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

      But not as much as Colchester.

      • W.T. Effingham
        Posted April 4, 2018 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

        Turned it (Colchester) into a smoldering hell-hole, which you can still visit today.

        • neil
          Posted April 4, 2018 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

          Artisan bakeries in Hull…that’ll be Greggs, then…

          (i’m allowed to mock. i’m a Hullensian)

      • Posted April 4, 2018 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

        Or Scotland.

  5. Randall Schenck
    Posted April 4, 2018 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    It was very good. Some of her questions to the experts makes you want to crawl under something.

    • Posted April 4, 2018 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

      They have to be in on the joke, somehow, even if not the actual questions.

      • neil
        Posted April 4, 2018 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

        oh,they’ll know it’s a spoof interview, but will be totally unprepared for the way the questions go; the look on the poor girl’s face when Philomena starts to describe her mate Paul’s joke about the prisoner…

        • Posted April 4, 2018 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

          I liked “70% [of people with the black death] never worked again”… “result!”

        • Posted April 4, 2018 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

          I’m sure they must be in on it. Philomena Cunk is quite well known, and you’d get into trouble wasting an academic’s time like that if they were expecting a serious interview. But the looks on some of the faces during the interviews were priceless. I can’t believe they were all that good at acting.

          Also, I’m quite impressed they got permission to film in Stonehenge and with the real Domesday Book (assuming it was).

  6. BobTerrace
    Posted April 4, 2018 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    The humor arrives multiple times per sentence.

    “…as we go from ancient man to Ed Sheeran…” – brilliant!

    The expressions on the experts’ faces were funny.

  7. Merilee
    Posted April 4, 2018 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Soob

    Middle-evil🤓

    • ThyroidPlanet
      Posted April 4, 2018 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

      [thumbs up]

  8. Geoff Toscano
    Posted April 4, 2018 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    I had to laugh out loud at Robert Peston, doing an extreme of his ‘I really don’t know what I want to say next’ routine. At least I hope it was intentional!

    • ChrisH
      Posted April 5, 2018 at 6:54 am | Permalink

      Yes, the experts all knew exactly what they were getting in to.

  9. Posted April 4, 2018 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Watched it at 22:00 BST (British Summer Time) here in England because of your comment on it yesterday.. it was great…sorry you can’t get BBC over there…not allowed…didn’t realise…comedy, dead pan, serious and so funny…(didn’t always hit the mark) but the academics were great as well…

    Laurence Little…Atheist from East Anglia, England

  10. Posted April 4, 2018 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Watched it at 22:00 BST (British Summer Time) here in England because of your comment on it yesterday.. it was great…sorry you can’t get BBC over there…not allowed…didn’t realise…comedy, dead pan, serious and so funny…(didn’t always hit the mark) but the academics were great as well…

    Laurence Little…Atheist from East Anglia, England

  11. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted April 4, 2018 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Hooray! I watched the whole Cunk!

    … too many bits to comment on…

  12. philfinn7
    Posted April 4, 2018 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    A day after pointing to the series, Jerry mentioned Sir Francis Drake in his ‘On this day..’ section. Philomena says Drake ‘circumcised’ the earth, and that this was probably why they called those ships ‘clippers’. Said with a perfectly straight face.

    • David Harper
      Posted April 5, 2018 at 3:54 am | Permalink

      It’s an old joke, but it’s still a joy to see it done by a true professional.

  13. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted April 4, 2018 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    I shall resist until I have the set.
    On the other hand, I shall never consider the phrase “sneak up behind him and hit him with tortoise” in quite the same light. I blame Julian and Sandy.

  14. Posted April 5, 2018 at 12:29 am | Permalink

    The Independent has an article on Diane Morgan and her experience of portraying Philomena Cunk. She says she would love to interview Tr*mp as Cunk.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/interviews/philomena-cunk-on-britain-diane-morgan-bbc-brexit-trump-charlie-brooker-a8288411.html

  15. Morsgotha
    Posted April 5, 2018 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    As a BBC licence fee payer I have no problem with people using IP proxies to watch it.

    Indeed please do!

  16. Phillip Brookes
    Posted April 5, 2018 at 4:13 am | Permalink

    When I was young (a long time ago) one of my favourites was a book called 1066 And All That. This is a modern-day equivalent, and it’s every bit as good.

  17. Eli
    Posted April 5, 2018 at 5:07 am | Permalink

    I’m disappointed that apparently Cunk (Diane Morgan) doesn’t write the material herself. Instead it’s written by Charlie Brooker (who created rather dark and dystopian Black Mirror) and some other writers.

  18. David Andrews
    Posted April 5, 2018 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    I especially enjoyed the “Baywatch” Tapestry, among her many other malapropisms. And they actually let her near the Domesday Book!

    She’s a comedy genius, the love-child of Ricky Gervais and Sascha Baron Cohen.


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