The Harri-Parris’ Radio Show returns to BBC Radio Wales on Friday 28th October 2016 at 6-30pm for a second series of the critically-acclaimed sitcom with songs.
This series sees daughter Anni and her Mancunian musician boyfriend Ben still struggling to deal with her dysfunctional farming family as their relationship develops. From a proposal that never happens on the least romantic Valentine’s Day ever, via nightmarish hen and stag do’s and on to a disastrous big day, nothing ever runs smoothly for the Harri-Parris. And with hilarious songs about the culinary backwater that is the village stores, a wild man of the woods who preys on stray Englishmen and an angry, farting Shetland pony, it’s the funniest Harri-Parris yet!
The show stars BAFTA Cymru winner Rhian Morgan (Gwaith/Cartref, Tir) as West Wales’ matriarch Mami, Oliver Wood (High Hopes) as Ben, Daniel Rochford as gruff farmer Ifan, Rhys Ap Trefor as camp cousin Deiniol and Llinos Mai as Anni.
A special guest star appearing in Episode 3 is veteran comedy actress Susie Blake, known for her frequent work with Victoria Wood, in shows such as dinnerladies and as the posh newsreader in Victoria Wood As Seen On TV. Susie also played Bev Unwin in Coronation Street and snobbish mother-in-law Hilary in Mrs Brown’s Boys. Susie plays Ben’s mum Belinda who clashes with Mami over, well, just about everything, actually.
Produced by Mai Oh Mai, created by Llinos Mai and inspired by her experiences growing up on a farm in West Wales, The Harri-Parris originated as a stage show, The Leaving Do, in 2011, which toured Wales and played at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A second stage show, The Big Day, followed in 2015, again touring around Wales. The show is directed by Owen Lewis (Grumpy Old Women, Suggs: My Life In Music and the Olivier-nominated Eric And Little Ern).
The first series of The Harri-Parris’ Radio Show is currently playing across the UK on Radio 4Extra on Thursday nights, with the Daily Telegraph’s radio critic Gillian Reynolds praising the show as, “charming” and that its 4Extra debut sees it reaching, “a deserved wider audience.”