Charlie Brooker character Philomena Cunk to present BBC Two Shakespeare special

The 30-minute documentary will air as part of the BBC's Shakespeare season this April

Philomena Cunk, the dim-witted pundit/interviewer character from Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe, has been given her own one-off special.

Actress Diane Morgan will reprise her popular role for Cunk On Shakespeare – A Moments Of Wonder Special, a comedy documentary which will air as part of BBC Two’s upcoming Shakespeare season.

Brooker will serve as an executive producer on Cunk’s 30-minute Shakespeare documentary, which will take the form of an extended version of the ‘Moments of Wonder’ mock documentaries she appears in on episodes of Weekly Wipe.

The BBC said in a press release: “Unrivalled wordsmith. Unequalled genius. Scholar of the Human Condition. Philomena Cunk is the ideal candidate to give the BBC Two audience a comprehensive guide to 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 30 factually accurate minutes.”

Cunk once said of Winston Churchill: “Some of his words were immortal. If he was alive today, imagine how good his tweets would be.”

The BBC’s Shakespeare season of programming will air this April to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death.