Lenny Henry's Race Through Comedy. Lenny Henry. Copyright: Douglas Road.

Lenny Henry's Race Through Comedy

Gold documentary about different cultures in comedy. 3 episodes (1 series) in 2019. Features Lenny Henry, Robert Beckford, Trevor Phillips, Michael Grade and others.

Lenny Henry's Race Through Comedy. Image shows from L to R: Lenny Henry, Joseph Marcell. Copyright: Douglas Road.

Series 1, Episode 1 - Sitcom

A look at some of the well-meaning attempts television made to embrace the changing face of the nation during the 1970s.

Further details

Starting with the hugely successful sitcom Love Thy Neighbour, the series looks at some of the well-meaning attempts television made to embrace the changing face of the nation during the 1970s.

The advent of Channel 4 was a key catalyst in bringing diversity to UK homes during the 1980s and into the 90s, with shows such as No Problem!, The Cosby Show and Desmond's.

The film concludes with a look at the influence diversity and multiculturalism has had on society on comedy through shows such as PhoneShop, People Just Do Nothing and Chewing Gum.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 15th October 2019
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Lenny Henry Host / Presenter
Robert Beckford Self
Trevor Phillips Self
Michael Grade (as Lord Michael Grade) Self
Ayesha Hazarika Self
Ellis Cashmore Self
Llewella Gideon Self
Angie Le Mar Self
Roxy Sternberg Self
Gina Yashere Self
Terry Jervis Self
Paul Chowdhry Self
Shazia Mirza Self
Charlie Hanson Self
Tameka Empson Self
Vas Blackwood Self
Anil Gupta Self
Javone Prince Self
Guest cast
Humphrey Barclay Self
Chris Tummings Self
Nina Baden-Semper Self
Curtis Walker Self
Judith Jacob Self
Trix Worrell Self
Carmen Munroe Self
Joseph Marcell Self
Oliver Samuels Self
Production team
Marina Warsama Series Director
Carlton Dixon Series Producer
Lenny Henry Executive Producer
Angela Ferreira Executive Producer
Iain Coyle Executive Producer

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