Dead Boss. Helen Stephens (Sharon Horgan). Copyright: BBC.

Dead Boss

BBC Three sitcom about an innocent woman in prison. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2012. Stars Sharon Horgan, Jennifer Saunders, Bryony Hannah, Geoffrey McGivern and others.

Series 1, Episode 1

Wrongly convicted to 12 years' imprisonment for the murder of her boss, Helen Stephens arrives at Broadmarsh Prison, convinced that it's only a matter of time before her innocence is shown - only to find that there are plenty of fellow prisoners to take an instant dislike to her.

Further details

Dead Boss. Helen Stephens (Sharon Horgan). Copyright: BBC.

This first episode sees Helen struggling with the challenges of her new life in Broadmarsh Prison. From Margaret, the governor, who sees prisoners as an irritation and Christine, Helen's arsonist cellmate who just wants a hug, to Top Dog, the big cheese among the inmates who takes an instant dislike to Helen.

Broadcast details

Thursday 14th June 2012
BBC Three
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Sharon Horgan Helen Stephens
    Jennifer Saunders Governor Margaret
    Bryony Hannah Christine
    Geoffrey McGivern (as Geoff McGivern) Tony
    Tom Goodman-Hill Tim
    Lizzie Roper Top Dog
    Aisling Bea Laura
    Amanda Lawrence Mary
    Edward Hogg Henry
    Ricky Champ Frank
    Emma Pierson Mrs Bridges
    Susan Calman Fatty
    Ashley McGuire Slasher
    Claire Prempeh Yvonne
    Golda Rosheuvel Lennie
    Julie T. Wallace (as Julie T Wallace) I'll Kill Again
    Guest cast
    Matthew Fenton Son
    Kerry Godliman Mother
    Trevor Martin Judge
    Writing team
    Sharon Horgan Writer
    Holly Walsh Writer
    Jeremy Dyson Script Editor
    Production team
    Steve Bendelack Director
    Caroline Norris Producer
    Jo Sargent Executive Producer
    Sharon Horgan Executive Producer
    Charlie Fawcett Editor
    Miranda Jones Production Designer
    Joby Talbot Composer
    Jeremy Holland-Smith Composer


    Margaret Explains the Appeals Process

    Having settled into life at Broadmarsh Prison, Helen has a meeting with Margaret to discuss her appeal.

    Featuring: Sharon Horgan (Helen Stephens), Jennifer Saunders (Governor Margaret).

    Top Dog's Table

    Helen and Christine head to the canteen for another carbonara. The only problem is there is nowhere to sit...

    Featuring: Sharon Horgan (Helen Stephens), Bryony Hannah (Christine).


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