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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.

Lenny Henry

Lenny Henry - Writer (13)
Kim Fuller - Writer (13)
James Hendrie - Writer (12)
Tony Sarchet - Writer (12)
Andrea Solomons - Writer (10)
Ian Brown - Writer (8)
David Hansen - Writer (7)
Paul Owen - Writer (7)
Geoff Atkinson - Writer (7)
James Bibby - Writer (6)
Bob Sinfield - Writer (6)
Garry Chambers - Writer (1)
Moray Hunter - Writer (1)
Jack Docherty - Writer (1)
Geoff Posner - Director / Producer
Transmission Details
Number of episodes: 13 Length: 12 x 30 mins · 1 x 40 mins
Series One (6) 4 Sep-9 Oct 1984 · BBC1 Tue 7.30pm
Series Two (6) 12 Sep-10 Oct 1985 · BBC1 Thu 8.30pm
Special (40 mins) 24 Dec 1987 · BBC1 Thu 8pm

The information in the Guide to Comedy is complied from 'The Radio Times Guide to Television Comedy' by Mark Lewisohn, published by BBC Books. More information about the book is available from the BBC Shop.
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