Cunk On.... Philomena Cunk (Diane Morgan). Copyright: House Of Tomorrow
Cunk On...

Cunk On...

  • TV comedy
  • BBC Two
  • 2016 - 2019
  • 13 episodes (1 series)

Spin-off from Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe featuring Diane Morgan as Philomena Cunk.

  • Due to return for Cunk On Earth

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2016 Specials - Cunk On Christmas

Cunk On.... Philomena Cunk (Diane Morgan). Copyright: House Of Tomorrow
Philomena is on a festive mission to track down the true meaning of Christmas, and find out exactly what it is he wants.

Further details

Fresh from her in-depth investigation into the life of Shakespeare, Philomena is now on a festive mission to track down the true meaning of Christmas, and find out exactly what it is he wants. It's an insightful documentary which takes her on a journey from pagan winter festivals and the nativity story, via "Sir Charles Dickings" all the way up to today's obsession with Santa.

Along the way Philomena will be grilling a variety of experts, trying to expose the tough truth about Christmas, such as why people still put up with brussels sprouts.

Broadcast details

Thursday 29th December 2016
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 20th December 2017 11:30pm BBC2

Cast & crew

Diane Morgan Philomena Cunk
Guest cast
Ronald Hutton Self
Ann Easter (as Rev. Canon Ann Easter) Self
Kate Williams (as Professor Kate Williams) Self
Jay Rayner Self
Paul Lewis Self
Writing team
Charlie Brooker Writer
Jason Hazeley Writer
Joel Morris Writer
Matt Hulme Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Lorry Powles Director
Alison Marlow (as Ali Marlow) Series Producer
Annabel Jones Executive Producer
Damon Tai Editor
Jon Kassell Director of Photography


Preview - Cunk on Christmas

Following a previous episode where Cunk "examined" the life of Shakespeare, this time around she looks at everything to do with Christmas, from the birth of Jesus and the pagan origins to Santa Claus and "Sir Charles Dickings".

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 29th December 2016

Philomena Cunk explains everything about Christmas

"It's illegal to sing carols at any other time of year, so people make the most of it at Christmas by coming round your house and singing at you until you give them stuff"

Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris, Radio Times, 29th December 2016

TV preview: Cunk on Christmas, BBC Two

Following a one-off on Shakespeare earlier this year Philomena Cunk returns with a seasonal sequel exploring the meaning and traditions of Christmas. It's an important time of the year, she tells us. In fact as Cunk explains at the start of the programme in her distinctive flat northern tones, "Christmas is such a big deal even Richard Dawkins probably does it."

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 29th December 2016

The gormless Cunk gives the viewer a survey of Christmas and tries to work out the meaning of it all. She is ruthless in dismantling the religious aspects of the season. Indeed, when she wants somewhere quiet to film she chooses a church. There's no chance that'll be busy. We also learn about Britain's greatest Prime Minister, "Charles Dickings", and she meets various historians to discuss past Christmas traditions. As ever, they seem sufficiently awkward that we're never sure if they're in on the joke.

Julie McDowall, The National (Scotland), 29th December 2016

Philomena Cunk on Christmas food

The other star of Charlie Brooker's 2016 Wipe casts her eye over festive food, from sprouts to rubbish advent calendar chocolate

Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris, The Guardian, 20th December 2016

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