Philomena Cunk returning to BBC Two

The new five-part series, Cunk on Earth sees Philomena on her 'most ambitious quest to date'.


Philomena Cunk's latest landmark mockumentary series Cunk on Earth will see the long-awaited return of pioneering documentary-maker Philomena Cunk, played by Diane Morgan, on her most ambitious quest to date, venturing right up humanity to find out who we are, how we got here and what was the point.


She'll attempt 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, like the wheel, creative masterpieces, like the Mona Lisa, and mind-blowing concepts, like enlightenment and nuclear power.


Along the way, Philomena 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.


Speaking about the new series, Philomena said "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."


Creator, Writer and Executive Producer, Charlie Brooker added "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."


The new series will be directed by Christian Watt and written by Charlie Brooker, Ben Caudell, Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris with additional material by Eli Goldstone and Michael Odewale. Charlie Brooker will also be an Executive Producer alongside Annabel Jones and Ali Marlow, with Sam Ward as Series Producer.


Cunk on Earth will air this year on BBC Two and on Netflix outside of the UK and Ireland