Cunk on Britain: Episode 3

I believe I’ve posted the first two episodes of Cunk on Britain, Diane Morgan’s very funny take of the history of Old Blighty. I’m surprised that the episodes are still up (#1 here and #2 here), as the BBC tends to take these things down. Well, watch them soon.

This episode covers the nineteenth century, and there are some real gems. There’s of course a bit on Darwin (from 12:49 to 15:25).  You get to hear Philomena say her best word, “monkey” (pronounced “mahn-kee”), five times, and hear her description of Darwin’s classic book The Oranges of the Peaches.

h/t: Julian

17 Comments

  1. David Coxill
    Posted April 23, 2018 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Hi Doc ,the first series in on Youtube .

  2. Posted April 23, 2018 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    I heard an interview with her complaining that she is becoming too well-known in England. So when she does these interviews, some people recognize her, and realize she is acting. It adds a level of amusement to the expression of some of the people she interviews, who don’t realize that it is a joke.

    I wonder if she would have been given access to the Domesday book if they knew it was for a mockumentary?

    • rickflick
      Posted April 23, 2018 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

      I was wondering if the interviewees were primed by the producers, telling them she was seriously underprivileged and could ask childlike questions.

    • Posted April 24, 2018 at 6:52 am | Permalink

      Part of me says they couldn’t possibly get the reactions they get from all of those experts if they knew it was all a joke, but I also find it incredible that the experts in question would be happy about giving what they expected to be serious interviews only to find out it was all a joke. I think the programme makers would have to be honest up front.

      • Morsgotha
        Posted April 25, 2018 at 12:38 am | Permalink

        I wonder if our esteemed host could keep a straight face should he be interviewed as science-cat-man by the websites official sweetheart ™

    • Geoff Toscano
      Posted April 25, 2018 at 2:58 am | Permalink

      I’m convinced that the interviewees realise the spoof nature of the interviews, though their responses aren’t scripted.

  3. busterggi
    Posted April 23, 2018 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Mebbe the BBC is finally realizing that letting folks know they have good programs is a good idea.

  4. Randall Schenck
    Posted April 23, 2018 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    No one will ever have to ask, Is there a dumb question? Lots. Where did they get steam?

    • GBJames
      Posted April 23, 2018 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

      The steam was brought in on a train.

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted April 23, 2018 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

        I always like this one – We know a train has been here, I see it’s tracks.

  5. Posted April 23, 2018 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    If anyone is interested in where the canal-side and street scenes were filmed, check out the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley.

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  6. Posted April 23, 2018 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    Chris Packham seems to be in on the joke but is doing his best to be the straight man

    • Posted April 24, 2018 at 2:10 am | Permalink

      I don’t know about that. I think his answers were unbelievably trite; each question, however fallacious, could have been a springboard to real insights about evolution.

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      • Posted April 24, 2018 at 2:48 am | Permalink

        Yes trite, but that’s because he’s not taking it seriously. And that’s why it didn’t work as well as when people think Cunk is serious/real

        • Posted April 24, 2018 at 4:02 am | Permalink

          I think he should have tried to work with it like the British Empire guy, trying to respect PC’s Star Wars references as best he could.

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  7. Posted April 24, 2018 at 2:20 am | Permalink

    This is great. Thanks for posting it

  8. James Walker
    Posted April 24, 2018 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    “Great Defecations” lol


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