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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 1: Lenny Henry's Caribbean Britain

Summary

Part one of two. The actor and comedian celebrates his Caribbean-British heritage, and joined by a host of famous faces from the worlds of art, music, entertainment TV and theatre, he examines what it means to be both Caribbean and British today. In the first episode, Lenny looks at the explosion of culture brought from the Caribbean by the post-war arrivals, from the music of calypso and ska, to theatre and art. He explores the stories of activism, entrepreneurship and resilience behind these artforms and how the early cultural pioneers laid the foundations for the next generation

Review

When Lenny Henry was young, his mother had one word of advice: integrate. This he did in a public way, telling jokes against himself on New Faces and featuring in The Fosters, Britain’s first sitcom with a predominantly black cast (but brought to the screen by a white production team). It was, he admits, comedy with the barriers up, a defensive strategy that saw him crack the gags before the racists could.

But that outlook was to change, and Henry would eventually decide to be truer to himself, with his stand-up act becoming more reflective of his own experiences. In this new two-part series, he shares, with admirable honesty, that journey of self-discovery, while also offering up a brisk overview of the impact of Caribbean culture on the UK. Tonight he considers the postwar popularity of calypso and ska, as well as the lowlights of growing racial tensions and police brutality.

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Details

Released on
2022-06-23
Languages
Formats
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Credits

Crew

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

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  • Summary

    Part one of two. The actor and comedian celebrates his Caribbean-British heritage, and joined by a host of famous faces from the worlds of art, music, entertainment TV and theatre, he examines what it means to be both Caribbean and British today. In the first episode, Lenny looks at the explosion of culture brought from the Caribbean by the post-war arrivals, from the music of calypso and ska, to theatre and art. He explores the stories of activism, entrepreneurship and resilience behind these artforms and how the early cultural pioneers laid the foundations for the next generation

    Review

    When Lenny Henry was young, his mother had one word of advice: integrate. This he did in a public way, telling jokes against himself on New Faces and featuring in The Fosters, Britain’s first sitcom with a predominantly black cast (but brought to the screen by a white production team). It was, he admits, comedy with the barriers up, a defensive strategy that saw him crack the gags before the racists could.

    But that outlook was to change, and Henry would eventually decide to be truer to himself, with his stand-up act becoming more reflective of his own experiences. In this new two-part series, he shares, with admirable honesty, that journey of self-discovery, while also offering up a brisk overview of the impact of Caribbean culture on the UK. Tonight he considers the postwar popularity of calypso and ska, as well as the lowlights of growing racial tensions and police brutality.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    channeltimestatus

    BBC Two

    BBC Two
    -
    Repeat

    BBC Two HD

    BBC Two HD
    -
    Repeat

    Streaming

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

    Details

    Released on
    2022-06-23
    Languages
    Formats
    Colour | HD | SUB | WIDE | AD | SIGN

    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.

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