The Lenny Henry Show. Image shows from L to R: Winston (Vas Blackwood), Delbert Wilkins (Lenny Henry). Copyright: BBC.

The Lenny Henry Show (1987)

BBC One sitcom about a self-styled superstar. 12 episodes (2 series), 1987 - 1988. Stars Lenny Henry, Vas Blackwood, Ellen Thomas, Michael Mears and others.

The Lenny Henry Show. Delbert Wilkins (Lenny Henry). Copyright: BBC.

The Lenny Henry Show

Sitcom spin-off from Lenny Henry's sketch show, featuring pirate radio DJ Delbert Wilkins trying to find fame

1987 - 1988
12   (2 series)
Lenny Henry, Vas Blackwood, Ellen Thomas, Michael Mears, Gina McKee, Naim Khan, Malcolm Rennie, Pip Torrens and others
Stan Hey and Andrew Nickolds
Geoff Posner
Geoff Posner

Delbert Wilkins is a self-styled, self-appointed fashion icon and south London superstar, famed for his popular show on a pirate radio station run from the back room of a grotty Brixton café.

With ideas of stardom far above his station and a seemingly unquenchable desire to entertain and be the centre of attention, Delbert is assisted by friend and dogsbody Winston; tolerated by waitress Julie; and the key cause of café owner Alex's exasperations. Not to mention those of his mother Rose and girlfriend, Claudette.

Although the station is popular amongst the local community and Delbert certainly has a listener base, his idea of his own fame and influence is vastly inflated. And it's not as if his ego's not big enough already! Forever on the gang's tail is local police sergeant Lillie - he knows exactly who's running the pirate station and the presenters don't exactly hide their identities, but he can never seem to catch a broadcast actually taking place.

Eventually Alex gets the opportunity to turn the station legitimate, and Delbert the chance at a TV career. But when the latter goes very quickly south, Delbert ends up at odds with both his old boss and with Winston, now presenting his own deathly-dreary daily 3-hour programme. Despite facing various pressures of growing up, Delbert won't be stopped in getting back on the air...

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 27th October 1987 on BBC One at 8:30pm
Last new broadcast
Thursday 3rd November 1988 on BBC One at 9:30pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes

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