British comedian Diane Morgan is back on our screens with her latest character, the hapless journalist Philomena Cunk. The six-part pseudo-documentary series, "Cunk on Earth," created by the team behind the British series "Black Mirror," will be available to stream on Netflix from January 31.
In this series, Philomena takes a comedic look at the entire history of human civilization, from prehistory to the present day.
A Comedic Take on Human Progress
As Philomena wanders around, asking questions and talking to leading academics, viewers are treated to a comical yet informative tour of human progress.
Philomena asks questions in the first episode, which deals with the origin and prehistory of man. The reactions of her interviewees range from confusion to thoughtful discussions, making for an entertaining and enlightening watch.
Philomena Cunk: The Viral Sensation
Philomena Cunk, portrayed by British actress Diane Morgan, first appeared in 2013 as a recurring character in various pseudo-documentary shows on the BBC.
The character is known for being ill-informed and misinterpreting what her interviewees say. However, in 2022, the character went viral shortly after the launch of her "fake" documentary series "Cunk on Earth." Clips from the series became popular on TikTok and YouTube, with the first episode receiving more than 213,000 likes on TikTok and 1.3 million views on YouTube in a month.
The series' viral success on social media platforms has become a topic of discussion on Twitter, with political scientist Brian Klaas tweeting about a recording of an interview with Philomena Cunk and garnering over 17 million views on TikTok.
Diane Morgan, known for her role as Kath in the Netflix dark humor series "Afterlife," once again brings laughs to the small screen with her portrayal of Philomena Cunk.
This video of me discussing the right to bear arms with Philomena Cunk has [checks notes] 17 million views on TikTok for some reason. Tune in tonight on BBC2 for the series finale of Cunk on Earth, in which we discuss the “Cube and Missile” crisis.
"Cunk on Earth" is an entertaining and informative take on human civilization that will leave viewers in stitches. Be sure to catch the series when it premieres on Netflix on January 31.
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