Harry Hill's Fruit Corner was the start of Harry Hill's career. It was a radio show on Radio 4. It began in 1993 and ran on untill 1997. In 1997, his TV debut, The Harry Hill Show, was similar to Fruit Corner but on TV.


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 1-3 was released on Audio CD and Cassette on October 2, 1995.

Plot SynopsisEdit

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 it's run, including, most notably, Ronnie Corbett and Rolf Harris. The show used surreal humour as the base for many of it's jokes, and it's 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.