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Summary

Harry Hill stars as the Governor in this BBC Radio 4 prison-based sitcom.

The Egg is Britain's remotest and highest-security prison, floating on a giant prehistoric egg in the middle of the ocean. Running the place is Governor Harry who, along with his trusty assistants Anne and Peter, does his best to keep the inmates under control – while dreaming of a transfer to the cushy Sparkles Open Prison.

In Series 1, he has to contend with government inspectors; mysteriously malfunctioning CCTV cameras; escaped prisoners; a demanding film star; a new, tough screw and a pair of mating whales attacking the Egg.

Series 2, sees Harry and the team striking oil and pitching a new invention to Dragon’s Den, while Peter faces a conflict of interest when his brother arrives at the prison. Plus, Harry finds himself on hold to customer services; tries to cope with food shortages, and gets sweaty palms (and itchy fingers) when a self-destruct button is found on the Egg.

Created by Dan Maier, regular writer on Harry Hill’s TV Burp and co-writer with Charlie Brooker of A Touch of Cloth, this smart, surreal and superbly silly series stars Harry Hill as Governor Harry, with Karen Bartke as Anne and Marek Larwood as Peter. Guest stars include Gyles Brandreth as Prisoner Brandreth and Deborah Meaden and Evan Davis as themselves.
 

Written by Dan Maier.

Produced by Sam Michell.

A BBC Studios production.
 

First broadcast BBC Radio 4: 7 January 2017-22 February 2018, (Series 1), 6 February-13 March 2019 (Series 2).

Cast:

Governor Harry……………………Harry Hill

Anne……………………Karen Bartke

Peter……………………Marek Larwood

The Minister/Rev Simone……………………Alison Belbin

Tim/Skulk/Nev/Doubleday……………………Jason Forbes

Jones/Tim the Helicopter Pilot/Warder Leo Hatchet/Admiral

Fernandez/Dominic……………………Dan Maier

The Minister/Jo-Jo Peebles……………………Tanya Moodie

Prisoner Brandreth……………………Gyles Brandreth

Brad De Depprio……………………Demetri Goritsas

The Minister/The Hold Voice……………………Sukh Ojla

Deborah Meaden……………………Herself

Evan Davies……………………Himself

Sebastian/Prisoner Birtwhistle……………………Paul Putner 

©2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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 "Properly funny’."(Miranda Sawyer, The Observer)

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Gary Hill is top new comedian no one knows yet!

When I saw something about an egg I thought 'no way man I am vegan' but sometimes it's good to understand the lives of others and WOW am I glad I tried this out becouse the egg is not an egg that you might find at the end of your breakfast cup, No! It is a story about some many funny characters who decide to leave their lives behind and try to win a reality TV contest, you never really find out who wins in the end but Gyles Brandesburton seems to think he has a chance, whilst the others don't really care and just get into some mad scrapes and stuff. Anyway check it out, even if you are a vegan this is still good egg and Gary Hill is one to look out for!