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Lenny Henry's Caribbean Britain

  • Season 1
  • 2 episodes
  • Documentary and factual

Summary

Lenny Henry celebrates British-Caribbean life with stories from a host of famous faces. How pioneers laid the foundations for an explosion of culture and inspired a new generation.

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Episode 2: Lenny Henry's Caribbean Britain

Summary

Part two of two. Lenny looks back on his coming of age and explores how he and other second and third generation, British-born Caribbean children began to mesh their identity into their art. From the theatre and arts collectives of the 1980s, to the making of brands, to the evolution of jungle and grime music, he explores how the output of successive generations has moved into the mainstream, enriching and transforming Britain's cultural offering

Review

Having spent the 1970s trying to “fit in”, Lenny Henry made the decision in the 80s to innovate rather than be assimilated, thinking that if he couldn’t control his own narrative, then it would only be appropriated by others. The result enriched the UK comedy scene, with the likes of the philosophising Deakus, lothario Theophilus P Wildebeeste and DJ Delbert Wilkins all debuting during this decade.

As well as charting his own career trajectory, Henry also looks here at how British-born Caribbean kids began to influence all areas of the arts with their own do-it-yourself mentality. Though viewers are likely to be left slightly winded after an appearance by music entrepreneur Jamal Edwards, who died not long after giving this interview.

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Released on
2022-06-29
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Credits

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PresenterLenny Henry
Executive producerAngela Ferreira
Executive producerMike Connolly
Series producerDawn Lake

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  • Summary

    Part two of two. Lenny looks back on his coming of age and explores how he and other second and third generation, British-born Caribbean children began to mesh their identity into their art. From the theatre and arts collectives of the 1980s, to the making of brands, to the evolution of jungle and grime music, he explores how the output of successive generations has moved into the mainstream, enriching and transforming Britain's cultural offering

    Review

    Having spent the 1970s trying to “fit in”, Lenny Henry made the decision in the 80s to innovate rather than be assimilated, thinking that if he couldn’t control his own narrative, then it would only be appropriated by others. The result enriched the UK comedy scene, with the likes of the philosophising Deakus, lothario Theophilus P Wildebeeste and DJ Delbert Wilkins all debuting during this decade.

    As well as charting his own career trajectory, Henry also looks here at how British-born Caribbean kids began to influence all areas of the arts with their own do-it-yourself mentality. Though viewers are likely to be left slightly winded after an appearance by music entrepreneur Jamal Edwards, who died not long after giving this interview.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming providers below.

    Streaming

    We may earn commission from links on this page. Our editorial is always independent (learn more)

    Details

    Released on
    2022-06-29
    Languages
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    PresenterLenny Henry
    Executive producerAngela Ferreira
    Executive producerMike Connolly
    Series producerDawn Lake

How to watch

Next showing

There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming providers below.

Streaming

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