Phil Ellis Is Trying. Image shows from L to R: Lolly (Lolly Adefope), Phil (Phil Ellis), Johnny (Johnny Vegas). Copyright: BBC.

Phil Ellis Is Trying

BBC Radio 4 sitcom starring Phil Ellis. 12 episodes (3 series), 2018 - 2020. Stars Phil Ellis, Johnny Vegas, Lolly Adefope, Katia Kvinge and Terry Mynott.

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Series 3, Episode 1 - Billy Bonker And The Cup A Soup Factory

When Phil and Johnny discover golden sachets in their Cup A Soup packets, they embark on a fantastical tour of the Cup A Soup factory hosted by reclusive owner Billy Bonker (Mark Lamarr), who is opening the gates for the first time in 40 years.

Broadcast details

This episode is currently available on BBC Sounds

Wednesday 9th September 2020
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Phil Ellis Phil
Johnny Vegas Johnny
Katia Kvinge Ensemble Actor
Terry Mynott Ensemble Actor
Guest cast
Amy Gledhill Polly
Mark Lamarr Billy Bonker
Jason Barnett Ensemble Actor
Writing team
Phil Ellis Writer
Fraser Steele Writer
Production team
Sam Michell Producer


Review: Phil Ellis Is Trying - Series 3

Phil Ellis is unlikely to ever become embroiled in a debate about the politics of comedians on the BBC. Instead, his returning Radio 4 series Phil Ellis Is Trying offers an almost timelessly absurd type of humour that can only work on radio, unconstrained by reality.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 9th September 2020

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