- 2016 - 2021
- BBC Radio 4
- Henry Normal
- Henry Normal
- Ed Morrish and Carl Cooper
A Normal Family - broadcast in 2016 - is centred around Henry's son, Johnny, who was diagnosed with 'mildly severe' autism. Through stand-up and poetry, Henry explores what this means for Johnny, for himself, and for his wife, Angela. Recorded in front of a live audience in Henry's hometown of Brighton, the show paints just one portrait of life with autism; there are many versions of it, and this is Johnny's.
A Normal Life - broadcast in 2017 - draws on Henry's experiences bringing up a child with autism, Henry investigates where edges are, and how we are connected. As well as his trademark humour, the show tackles the subjects of life, death, loneliness, loss, human frailty and other classic conversation stoppers.
A Normal Love - for Valentine's Day 2018 - sees Henry explore love, romance and other unreasonable expectations.
A Normal Imagination - another 2018 special - has Henry look at imagination and the reasons why humans create.
A Normal Nature - the 2019 episode - looks at our relationship with nature.
A Normal Universe[/n] - the 2020 edition - explores our relationship to the vastness of the universe throughout eternity and beyond
[b]A Normal Communication - the 2021 episode - sees Henry looking at the way 'how' we communicate colours 'what' we communicate and exploring 'why' we communicate in the first place.
Henry Normal is a multi-award winning writer, producer and poet. He starred in Channel 4's Packet Of Three with Jenny Éclair and Frank Skinner, co-wrote The Royle Family and The Mrs Merton Show, and founded Baby Cow Productions with Steve Coogan, which produced Gavin & Stacy, The Trip and Camping. He has published several volumes of poetry, including The Dream Ticket, Nude Modelling for the Afterlife and Staring Directly at the Eclipse. His last Radio 4 series was 1997's Encyclopaedia Poetica.
- Production companies
- Also known as
- A Normal Family (Other official name)
- A Normal Life (Other official name)
- A Normal Love (Other official name)
- Laugh track
- Yes, but type varies
- First broadcast
- Sunday 31st July 2016 on BBC Radio 4 at 7:15pm
- Last new broadcast
- Tuesday 23rd February 2021 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
- Length of episodes
- 30 minutes
- Last repeat
- Wednesday 3rd March 2021 at 5:30am on Radio 4 Extra