Imagine... Lenny Henry. Image shows from L to R: Lenny Henry, Alan Yentob.

Imagine... Lenny Henry

BBC One documentary about Lenny Henry. 1 episode in 2020. Features Alan Yentob, Lenny Henry, Shirley Simon, Paul Gilroy and others.

Imagine... Lenny Henry. Image shows from L to R: Lenny Henry, Alan Yentob.

Imagine... Lenny Henry

Alan Yentob talks to Lenny Henry about his career

Genre
Documentary
Broadcast
2020
Channel
BBC One
Episodes
1
Features
Alan Yentob, Lenny Henry, Shirley Simon, Paul Gilroy, Paul Henry, Sharon Henry, Seymour Henry, Greg Stokes and others
Director
Alex Harding
Producers
Alan Yentob and Alex Harding

Alan Yentob follows one of our best loved performers as he releases his first autobiography charting his early years in show-business.

In this revealing and poignant film Sir Lenny Henry meets up with his closest friends, family and colleagues to remember his sudden rise to fame aged 16 on TV talent show, New Faces, which catapulted him from a working-class kid from Dudley to one of Britain's most celebrated black performers.

Imagine... also remembers Lenny's other early breakthrough roles on Tiswas and Three Of A Kind as well as five troubling years as the only black performer in The Black & White Minstrel show.

Alongside his early achievements, Lenny also discusses his recent career reinvention as a serious actor of stage and screen and his work as a political activist campaigning for greater diversity in the entertainment and broadcasting industry.

Production Details

Production company
Also known as
  • Lenny Henry: Young, Gifted And Black (Other official name)
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 2nd January 2020 on BBC One at 11pm
Episode length
75 minutes
Last repeat
Monday 12th October 2020 at 11:15pm