Diane Morgan tries falconry

November 6, 2017 • 2:30 pm

Diane Morgan, my beloved Philomena Cunk, has stepped outside the Cunk persona to do a short sponsored video in which she tries falconry—with unexpected results. It’s pretty clear though, that Morgan— as she’s said herself—really is Philomena Cunk.

This is a lovely video, and brings Morgan’s work back to the quality level of her work for Charlie Brooker. Long may she run! I love it when she and the bird become enamored of each other.

I hear she’s got a new t.v. show on tap, and I hope it’s good.

h/t: Amber

18 thoughts on “Diane Morgan tries falconry

  1. Wonder if Springwatch is online. Catch up on a few episodes in case I have the opportunity to invite a falcon for lunch.

  2. Good to see the Mancunian bird back in the saddle (so to speak), as sharp and fine as ever.

    Good to know, too (pace Yeats), that the falcon can eventually, even in s widening gyre, hear the falconer.

    1. Thanks for the Yeats reference. A more rapturous poem about a raptor is The Windhover, a sonnet by Gerard Manley Hopkins.

      I caught this morning morning’s minion, king-
      dom of daylight’s dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding
      Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding
      High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing
      In his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing,
      As a skate’s heel sweeps smooth on a bow-bend: the hurl and gliding
      Rebuffed the big wind. My heart in hiding
      Stirred for a bird, – the achieve of, the mastery of the thing!

      Brute beauty and valour and act, oh, air, pride, plume, here
      Buckle! AND the fire that breaks from thee then, a billion
      Times told lovelier, more dangerous, O my chevalier!

      No wonder of it: shéer plód makes plough down sillion
      Shine, and blue-bleak embers, ah my dear,
      Fall, gall themselves, and gash gold-vermilion.

      One of my favourite poems.

    2. I hate to be pedantic (who am I kidding, I _love_ to be pedantic..) but someone from Bolton wouldn’t consider themselvesto be a Mancunian. She is funny, though.

  3. Seeing as how this site likes owls, here’s a falconer(?) in Tverskoy Boulevard, Moscow with a rather beautiful owl.


    The event was a sort of week-long history pageant spread through several of the main boulevards, with people in historical costume demonstrating old weapons and crafts and pastimes. The owl was quite tame and allowed itself to be gently stroked by onlookers.


  4. Philomena & the cute killer bird looked very comfy on the sofa together

    The “Connect Four” game setup on the foreground table at 2:10 is wrong though – Diane or the feathery one have two unconnected diagonals of four red displayed. Probably distracted by the jigsaw making or the anticipation of Spring Watch on the Goggle Box.

  5. Her personna in Motherland ,appears to be the one whose shagged a few of the others Husbands in earlier times,and is looked on as a Slut by the others, with th e exception of two other Mothers, the Pilot was very funny,looking forward to the series.

  6. Jerry and Philomena Cunk: the greatest love story never told.

    Great video. The way she eyes that bird with contempt and fear is brilliant. What a performer!

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