The Lenny Henry Show
UK, BBC, Sketch/standup, Colour, 1984
Starring: Lenny Henry
Lenny Henry more than lived up to his early promise by excelling in this consistently high-quality sketch show that was distinguished by handsomely mounted filmed spoofs of films, other TV programmes and pop videos - with an especially memorable pastiche of Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' promo. The shows also featured a roster of recurring Henry characters, including the soul-singing sex-god Theophilus P Wildebeeste; PC Ganga; dear old Deakus, one of the first batch of post-war Jamaican immigrants into England, now in his final years; and new creation Derek The Teacher, a lampoon of the sort of student-teachers torn to shreds by inner-city schoolkids. Geoff Posner's direction and production imbued the series with a touch of class and Henry turned in performances to match.
Researched and written by Mark Lewisohn.
Number of episodes: 13
Length: 12 x 30 mins · 1 x 40 mins