Lenny is bringing The Lenny Henry Show to BBC Radio 4, in what will be his first ever radio sketch show and first sketch show in over ten years! The first episode of the run will air on Tuesday 25th August at 6.30pm.
In this brand new character based sketch show, Lenny will be reprising some of his popular old characters like Delbert Wilkins and Deakus, as well as debuting exciting new ones such as: Gavin Stone – the former special services operative turned supply teacher, Raheim X Davies – the irascible History of Art professor and Gideon de Witt – the politician who cannot meaningfully answer a question.
The Lenny Henry Show stars Lenny Henry, Vas Blackwood, Llewella Gideon, Freya parker, George Fouracres and Cherrelle Skeete.
Written by Lenny Henry and Max Davis, with Nathan Bryon, Tasha Dhanraj, Kim Fuller, Athena Kugblenu, Nathan Robert and Ben Partridge.
You can listen here: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000m13z
Episode 1 – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000m13y
Character-based sketch comedy from Lenny Henry, featuring old favourites like Deakus (musing about Covid from his care home) and Brixton-based DJ Delbert Wilkins, who’s with his mate Winston talking about homeschooling.
There’s also new characters such as Mr Stone, the former Special Forces operative-turned-teacher, and paranoid Aaron, who sees crime everywhere. And there’s an outtake from the Repair Shop, an appeal by parents who have been cancelled by their kids, and a debut from Northern grime artist The Yorkshire Moor, rapping about lockdown.
Episode 2 – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000m5mn
Another helping of character-based sketch comedy from Lenny Henry – including Gideon de Witt, the politician who can never answer a question straight, Mr Stone the former Special Forces operative-turned-teacher, and paranoid Aaron who sees crime everywhere.
There’s also the trailer for a gritty new Netflix movie that’s heaven sent and more from Deakus discussing British-ness, while Delbert and Winston talk racist statues, and there’s another song from Northern grime artist The Yorkshire Moor, this time celebrating all things Northern.
Episode 3 – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000mcz7
Another helping of character-based sketch comedy from Lenny Henry, including more from Delbert and Winston who discuss getting out into the countryside after lockdown.
We also hear from Cecilia and Barrington, two elderly Jamaican friends, and about a new TV show Britain’s Next Great Occultist. There’s more adventures from Gavin Stone, the Special Forces soldier-turned-teacher, and we meet Paul and Madison, who run Brixton’s best black studies book shop – if only it wasn’t so close to Waterstone’s.
Episode 4 – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000mj2l
There’s more from Paul’s Brixton Bibliotheque, Batman learns how to be woke, Deakus talks about his kids and how he met Claudette, and we go into space to meet new character Tyrone who’s just trying not to be the black guy who gets killed first on every time.
Also, there’s highlights from music podcast Vinyl’s Great No Matter What My Ex-Wife Says, which features an interview with famous blues musician Charlie Johnson III, and the first instalment from outrageous Jamaican gameshow Box Mi Down, where contestants have to answer questions correctly or else get, well, boxed down.
Episode 5 – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000mt1g
Another helping of character-based sketch comedy from Lenny Henry, this time including more from outrageous Jamaican gameshow Box Mi Down, hosted by the great Glenroy Livingstone.
We’re back in space to see if Tyrone can stop himself getting killed again. Delbert and Winston are back on the Brixton Broadcasting Co-operative to discuss celebrities they nearly met and there’s more from bookseller Paul’s Brixton Bibliotheque. Also, we drop in on Raheim X Davies’s art history audioguide.
Episode 6 – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000mzp4
Another dose of character-based sketch comedy from Lenny Henry, including more from Paul and his Brixton-based black studies bookshop.
Tyrone is still in Space desperately trying not to get killed, Glenroy Livingstone has more outrageous antics from his Jamaican game show Box Mi Down, and we meet new character Nick, a bouncer who can’t get used to letting anyone in.
Also, Theophilus P Wildebeeste is back from retirement – but this time the P stands for “progressive”.