Does Cunk On Earth Experts Know?
Yes, the experts on Cunk On Earth know that they are on a comedy show. However, the experts are not given the questions or the script.
They are just informed that they are being questioned for a BBC history program. They are satisfied and enthusiastic about explaining their area of expertise.
The show does not mock them, but it's good to watch them stumbling and having to rethink their ideas.
The show's makers wanted Philomena Cunk to question real professionals who understood what they were speaking.
They felt something was offensive about putting real individuals in place like that to pretend or humiliate them.
They felt there was nothing naturally humorous about being a specialist on a fair niche topic like Napoleonic shipping or even a big issue like climate change.
So they told the professionals what the nature of the show was and instructed them to treat Cunk as if she were an unaware nine-year-old who believed she knew everything.
Consequently, the professionals never seem foolish; the punchline is always Cunk and her show crew for letting her step into an interview when she's been so poorly informed.
In an age where experts are constantly humiliated by inexperienced people who think their ignorance is a virtue.