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


  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.


  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.


      • 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.


  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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