The Lenny Henry Show

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The Lenny Henry Show
Written by Lenny Henry plus:
Series2: Chris Reddy
Starring Lenny Henry
Theme music composer Simon Brint
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series Three

The Lenny Henry Show is a comedy sketch show (and in its 1987-88 incarnation, a sitcom) featuring Lenny Henry. It was originally broadcast between 1984 and 1988, and was later revived twice, in 1995 and 2003-2005.[1][2][3]

Original version (1984-85)

The original version of the show ran for two seasons on BBC 1 in 1984 and 1985. Each season had six episodes. A 40-minute special was aired in December 1987. Recurring guests include Nicholas Lyndhurst (3 episodes) and Robbie Coltrane (2 episodes). Bands featured on the 1984 series included Musical Youth and Second Image.[4]

Sitcom incarnation (1987-88)

Two further series broadcast in 1987-88 kept the same name,[5] but followed a sitcom (rather than sketch-based) format. This version starred Henry as Delbert Wilkins, a well-meaning but trouble-prone pirate radio DJ. At the end, Wilkins went "legit", gaining a job with the BBC World Service, and a son.[6]

1995 revival

The show was revived for one series in 1995; it failed to pick up audiences and was axed not long after.[7]

2003 revival

Lenny Henry revived the format once again in 2003, with stand-up and recurring sketches and recurring star Gina Yashere.[8]

Hugh Laurie appeared in the role of a Professor with a space probe called the Beagle in 2004.


  1. "Comedy - The Lenny Henry Show". BBC. Retrieved 2013-07-25. 
  2. "Lenny Henry interview". Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-07-25. 
  3. "Entertainment | Lenny Henry to quit sketch shows". BBC News. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2013-07-25. 
  4. "BBC - Comedy Guide - The Lenny Henry Show". Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  5. "The Lenny Henry Show - 1987-1988". Retrieved 2013-07-25. 
  6. "BBC - Comedy Guide - The Lenny Henry Show". Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  7. Thomas Sutcliffe (1995-05-01). "Watch out for that big black guy - TV & Radio - Arts & Entertainment". The Independent. Retrieved 2013-07-25. 
  8. "BBC - Comedy Guide - The Lenny Henry Show". Retrieved 2013-09-04. 

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