Philomena Cunk returns to BBC Two for Cunk on Earth
James R | On 04, Jan 2022
Philomena Cunk is coming back to our screens for new landmark documentary Cunk on Earth.
The pioneering presenter and questioner will embark on her most ambitious quest to date in the BBC Two series: venturing right up humanity to find out who we are, how we got here and what was the point.
Made by Broke & Bones, the five-part comedy will see Cunk (played by Diane Morgan) attempting to unlock the mystery of human civilisation and discover humankind’s greatest achievements. From virtually nothing, to virtual reality, she’ll tell the story of our greatest inventions, such as the wheel, creative masterpieces, such as the Mona Lisa, and mind-blowing concepts, such as enlightenment and nuclear power.
Along the way, she will be asking experts hard-hitting questions about humanity’s progress, as well as standing near impressive old ruins, or inside museums, before the shot cuts away from her to some archive of the bits that don’t exist anymore. The series will examine cultures, science, art and ideas that have enriched the world as well as some of the people that produced and inspired them. It’s a journey through time from the stone age to the space age, and also the future age of tomorrow that hasn’t been named yet.
Philomena says: “This series it’s in my contract to go somewhere better than just Britain so I’m hoping I at least go to Italy as that seems a safe bet. I’m looking forward to getting out of the house and tracing humanity’s progress and also finding out exactly what a ‘civilisations’ is.”
Charlie Brooker, Creator, Writer and Executive Producer, says: “I am delighted to be working with Philomena again, even though she is a fictional character who, like me, has never experienced the emotion of ‘delight’ and has only a limited understanding of what constitutes ‘work’. In pursuit of nothing less than the definitive story of human civilisation, she’s going to visit every corner of the globe our budget and official pandemic travel restrictions will allow. Globes don’t have corners but you know what I mean. Diane Morgan is very funny. I have run out of things to say in this quote. Stop reading. Go away.”
Cunk on Earth will debut on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer in 2022 and on Netflix outside of the UK and Ireland.