BBC2 to make more episodes of Philomena Cunk

Channel controller Patrick Holland has ordered more episodes for later this year


Philomena Cunk, the fabulously clueless presenter played by comedian Diane Morgan, is returning with a new series of specials for BBC2 for the end of this year, can reveal.


The plan is to make three episodes, though the BBC says that plans are still being finalised.

The news shows will add to the two she made last year, Cunk on Shakespeare and Cunk on Christmas featuring the character who has attracted a devoted following of fans following her debut on Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe.

Current ideas are said to include Cunk on Punk as well as Cunk on Modern Art and Cunk on Jane Austen.

Whatever target Philomena chooses, it is clear that Morgan is going to have her work cut out this year.

In addition to the Cunk series she is also starring in the full series of Motherland, the school-gates comedy written by Graham Linehan, Sharon Horgan, Helen Linehan and Holly Walsh following last year’s successful pilot. It stars Anna Maxwell Martin as harassed Julia with Morgan playing the slatternly Liz.

Morgan is also writing a sitcom in which she and her friend Maxine Peake play wildly different sisters.

The star revealed at the Radio Times Covers Party that she is developing the show but has not yet secured a broadcaster.


In the comedy she plays the “uncouth” sibling to Peake’s more successful sister, a famous actress. Morgan and Peake, the star of dramas like Silk and Shameless, have been friends for years.