Harry Hill's Fruit Corner

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Harry Hill's Fruit Corner
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Cassette release (1995)
Created by Harry Hill
Starring Harry Hill
Steve Bowditch
Al Murray
Burt Kwouk
Matt Bradstock
Martin Hyder
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 4
No. of episodes 22
Production
Running time 30 mins.
Release
Original network BBC Radio 4
Original release 11 November 1993 (1993-11-11) – 24 April 1997 (1997-04-24)
Chronology
Related shows Harry Hill
Fruit Fancies

Harry Hill's Fruit Corner was a radio show broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in the United Kingdom, that ran for four series between 1993 and 1997. The series starred Harry Hill, Al Murray, Burt Kwouk and Martin Hyder, and served as the predecessor for Hill's breakthrough television series, Harry Hill.

Background[edit]

Hill achieved his big breakthrough in 1992, when he won the Perrier Award for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The show was commissioned shortly after he received the award. Fruit Corner ran for four series on BBC Radio 4. The first of these, in 1993, contained four episodes, but after the show's success, it returned for three further six episode runs in 1994, 1995 and 1997 respectively.

The show acted as a springboard for Hill's television career, and his Channel 4 show, Harry Hill, was similar in style and structure to Fruit Corner. A compilation of the best material from Series 1 to 3 was released on audio CD and cassette on 2 October 1995.[1]

Synopsis[edit]

Hill hosted the show as himself, and each week was joined by a number of characters, including his big brother Alan Hill (Al Murray), his three year old adopted son, Alan Hill Jr. (Matt Bradstock), his parents, Jan and Tony Hill, and his grandmother, Nana Hill. Latter series of the show often saw the family joined by Burt Kwouk. The show also enjoyed a variety of other celebrity guests across its run, including, most notably, Ronnie Corbett and Rolf Harris.

The show used surreal humour as the base for many of its jokes, and its presentation was very conversational, with each item tending to involve one or more members of the family, and later on roping in other recurring characters such as scientist Finsbury Park (Steve Bowditch). Each programme was interspersed with surreal jokes from Harry, common ground for anyone familiar with his stand-up routines.

Episodes[edit]

As well as the regular actors featured on the show, Edna Dor, Phil Jupitus and Soo Drouet appeared solely in the first series; Phil Nice and Brenda Gilhooly appeared in both the first and second; Joanna Brooks appeared solely in the second; and Peter Serafinowicz appeared solely in the fourth.

Also, a permanent fixture in both the third and fourth series was Burt Kwouk, who appeared as a guest in series two, and liked it so much that he came back on a regular basis. The third series focused solely on the main cast, and did include any other regular actors or celebrity guests.[2]

Transmissions[edit]

Series[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1
11 November 1993
2 December 1993
4
2
17 November 1994
22 December 1994
6
3
31 August 1995
4 October 1995
6
4
20 March 1997
24 April 1997
6

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