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2021 Red Nose Day raises over £52million

 A stonking £52,025,485 has been raised by the British public during this year’s Red Nose Day for Comic Relief, with donations still pouring in. Friday night’s TV extravaganza was hosted by Lenny, Davina McCall, Paddy McGuinness, Alesha Dixon and David Tennant and featured live performances, hilarious sketches and one-off comedy specials, while also showcasing the incredible impact that …

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‘My Name Is Leon’ commissioned for BBC One

BBC One’s adaptation of Kit de Waal’s award-winning novel ‘My Name Is Leon’, produced by Douglas Road Productions, has been announced. Lenny will join an incredible cast for this 90 minute film, including Malachi Kirby (Small Axe; Devils; Black Mirror; Roots), Monica Dolan (A Very English Scandal; Talking Heads), Olivia Williams (Counterpart; The Father), Christopher Eccleston (The A …

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Lenny on Channel 4 News

Lenny spoke to Cathy Newman from Channel 4 News about his new book Access All Areas – written with former Chair of the Royal Television society’s Diversity Committee Marcus Ryder,  which is published today. You can watch the interview here. More black, more female and employing more disabled people – that’s what Lenny says broadcasters …

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Lenny publishes new book on Diversity – Access All Areas

Lenny has just published a new book – written with former Chair of the Royal Television society’s Diversity Committee Marcus Ryder – Access All Areas: The Diversity Manifesto for TV and Beyond. Lenny rang up the Office for National Statistics to confirm something he’d been thinking about for a long time, and they told him that …

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Lenny narrates ‘Zog and the Flying Doctors’ on BBC One, Christmas Day

Lenny has narrated ‘Zog and the Flying Doctors’, which will be shown on Christmas Day at 2.45pm on BBC One.   This new 30 minute animated family adventure is based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Lenny, who also narrated the BBC One 2018 adaptation of Zog, said: “These Donaldson and Scheffler productions …

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A Christmas message from Lenny

Click here to read a Christmas message from Lenny.


ITV Commissions Lenny’s ‘Three Little Birds’

ITV has commissioned ‘Three Little Birds’, written by Lenny and produced by Douglas Road Productions in association with Tiger Aspect Productions. Lenny said: “My mother spoke often about how difficult life was back in the day when she first arrived in Britain to begin her new life. The stories she told and indeed the narratives …

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Lenny announced to star in Amazon’s Lord Of The Rings TV series

It has been announced that Lenny will star Amazon’s brand new Lord Of The Rings TV series, which will be available to watch on the streaming site in 2021.   Click here for further information.


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Lenny to publish a series of children’s books

Lenny is delighted to announce that he will be writing a series of seven children’s books, to be published by Macmillan Children’s Books.  There will be four fiction titles and three picture books. Lenny’s debut fiction title will be published in Autumn 2021 and his first picture book, You Can Do Anything, Tyrone – the story of …

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Lenny chats to Amanda Palmer on her podcast ‘The Art of Asking Everything’

Lenny chats to singer Amanda Palmer on her podcast ‘The Art of Asking Everything’. Humour. Armour. Racism. Voice. How our youth really shapes why we want to do what we wanna do, especially when we are drawn to the stage. Amanda and Lenny talk candidly about the paradoxes of celebrity and social media. How he …

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Five star review for BBC Four’s ‘Black Classical Music: The Forgotten History’

Black Classical Music: The Forgotten History, hosted by Lenny and produced by Douglas Road Productions has been given a five star review by The Guardian. From Chevalier De Saint-Georges to Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, black classical musicians and composers have been largely written out of the canon. This fascinating one-off asks why. The full review can be read here: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/sep/27/black-classical-music-the-forgotten-history-review-challenging-orchestrated-racism …

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Lenny chats to The Voice

Ahead of the airing of The Lenny Henry Show, his first ever radio sketch show on BBC Radio 4, Lenny talks to The Voice’s Alannah Francis about returning to radio, why he won’t let the Windrush scandal be forgotten and providing opportunities for new black talent.


David Olusoga’s Edinburgh TV Festival James MacTaggart Lecture

David Olusoga delivered a powerful James MacTaggart Lecture yesterday at the Edinburgh TV Festival. Lenny says: “David encapsulated the hopes dreams and fears of everyone who feels excluded from the UK’s film and TV industries in one speech. We are lucky to have him.” Watch it here: https://youtu.be/XALf10024r8


Brand New ‘The Lenny Henry Show’ for BBC Radio 4

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 …

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Lenny speaks to Twiggy on her podcast ‘Tea with Twiggy’

Lenny spoke to model, actress and singer Twiggy on her podcast ‘Tea With Twiggy’. Listen to the podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/tea-with-twiggy/id1510971880


‘Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle’ nominated for a BAFTA

‘Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle’, produced by Lenny’s production company Douglas Road was nominated in the ‘Short-form Programme’ category at the Bafta Television Awards 2020, which took place on 31 July.  In the programme, some of the finest British actors, writers and directors, each with a personal connection to the Windrush story, tell the story …

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Lenny speaks to Louis Theroux on his BBC Radio 4, Grounded podcast

Lenny spoke to documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux on his new BBC Radio 4, Grounded podcast. During the hour, the pair discuss Lenny’s autobiography ‘Who Am I, Again?’, his relationship with his mother, racism in the UK and disco ‘snog tracks’.  Listen to the podcast here: bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000jf89


Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity

Lenny is spearheading a landmark new research centre aimed at examining diversity across the UK’s media. Birmingham City University opened its doors in March to the ‘Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity’, which looks at representation across the industry including journalism, acting, film, TV and radio in both front-of-house and behind the scenes roles. …

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Chancellor of Birmingham City University

Oh my God, I’m Chancellor of Birmingham City University! It’s an extraordinarily diverse campus with a real commitment to promoting the representation of ethnic minorities and women on its campus. I’m incredibly proud of the work that gets done there. And I’m really sad that at the moment we haven’t been allowed to participate in …

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Martyn Burdon drawing of Lenny Henry

Martyn Burdon drawing

Lenny was photographed last year by Martyn Burdon for the BP Portrait awards 2020. Martyn has drawn the most amazing portrait which he has given us permission to use on the website and here is a link to the website which went live with the exhibition this week.


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