2016 Specials - Cunk On Shakespeare
Unrivalled wordsmith. Unequalled genius. Scholar of the Human Condition. Philomena Cunk is the ideal candidate to give the BBC Two audience her own unique take on a comprehensive guide to the life and works of William Shakespeare.
A regular contributor to Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe, Philomena has proven herself a shrewd interviewer, an insightful critic, and a voice of wisdom for our troubled times. She'll bring all of these considerable talents to bear as she authors a documentary about the Bard, across thirty factually accurate minutes.
Philomena says: "A bit like the tooth fairy, nobody's actually seen Shakespeare, and nobody knows if he's real or just made up for kids. So I'll be talking to some expert people to try and find out more about him and his films."
With the help academics, actors, linguists and historians, Cunk will tell the life story of Shakespeare. She'll explore some of the works that have made him the greatest playwright the world has ever known, very much the Michael Bay of Elizabethan England.
Cunk will leave no stone unturned as she gets to the bottom of the Bard: visiting his birthplace, exploring The Globe, studying priceless artefacts, and interviewing "literally six different experts", including renowned actor Simon Russell Beale, Educating Yorkshire teacher Matthew Burton, and top Shakespearean scholar Professor Stanley Wells.
Shorter than Hamlet, funnier than King Lear, and easier to spell than Cymbeline, Cunk On Shakespeare is absolutely the last word in Shakespeare documentaries. Cunk says: "No doubt wherever he is, Shakespeare can't wait to watch it."
- Wednesday 11th May 2016
- BBC Two
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|Diane Morgan||Philomena Cunk|
|Simon Russell Beale (as Simon Russell Beale CBE)||Self|
|Stanley Wells (as Professor Stanley Wells CBE)||Self|
|Matt Hulme||Writer (Additional Material)|
|Annabel Jones||Executive Producer|
Philomena Cunk talks to director Iqbal Khan to find out more about what theatre audiences were like in Shakespearean times.