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.

Next new episode is on Wednesday at 6:30pm. Series 3, Episode 3
Catch-up on Episode 2 on BBC Sounds   Series 3, Episode 2 is repeated on Radio 4 Extra on Wednesday at 7:30am.

Series 3, Episode 2 - Prison Break

Phil and Polly visit HMP Parbold as part of the annual 'Bring Your Family To Prison' day.

Broadcast details

This episode is currently available on BBC Sounds

Wednesday 16th September 2020
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


  1. Wednesday 23rd September 2020 at 7:30am on Radio 4 Extra
  2. Wednesday 23rd September 2020 at 5:30pm on Radio 4 Extra
  3. Wednesday 23rd September 2020 at 10:00pm on Radio 4 Extra
  4. Thursday 24th September 2020 at 5:30am on Radio 4 Extra

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Phil Ellis Phil
Johnny Vegas Johnny
Terry Mynott Ensemble Actor
Guest cast
Amy Gledhill Polly
Alexei Sayle Goodison
Jason Barnett Ensemble Actor
Writing team
Phil Ellis Writer
Fraser Steele Writer
Production team
Sam Michell Producer