He is also preparing a BBC Four documentary with the working title The Hidden History Of Classical Music
Lenny Henry is to publish a memoir about his entertainment career and present a revisionist history of classical music for the BBC, British Comedy Guide can reveal.
The comedian's story of his upbringing in Dudley, Who Am I Again?, came out in October, finishing with his breakthrough 1975 television appearance on the talent show New Faces when he was just 16.
Now Henry has penned a follow-up, Rising To The Surface, covering his career on children's show Tiswas, sketch showcase The Lenny Henry Show, the sitcom Chef! and his transition from comic roles into Shakespearean acting.
Like its predecessor, the autobiography will be published by Faber & Faber and comes out next year.
"And I go 'because it would have taken me a really long time to write up to the present day'. I also didn't really want to write about my marriage and stuff because I respect my ex-wife [Dawn French] and my kid and my family and I think it's wrong to do that stuff.
"So I kind of felt like if I was to write a second book it's going to be a career retrospective and it's going to be about craft."
Henry, who released an album of blues covers and original compositions in 2015, New Millennium Blues, presented Our Classical Century on BBC Four in 2018 with Radio 3 host Suzy Klein.
The pair have reunited for a new documentary on BBC Four with the working title The Hidden History Of Classical Music. The 90-minute film shines a light on overlooked black composers and musicians, exploring the hurdles they had to overcome because of race and how the classical world has been "whitewashed" by historians and musicologists.
Henry has previously written of his admiration for Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, "the African Mahler", whose compositions he describes as "dynamic, bold, incredibly melodic and immediately accessible".
Henry also disclosed several other projects he has in the pipeline in the interview with model Twiggy. They included "an idea for a television thing about my mum", an upcoming Radio 4 series and a new website with archived clips of his career, noting that videos of him as Tina Turner, Prince and Michael Jackson uploaded to YouTube have attracted a "very good" response so far.
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