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Star says black, Asian and minority ethnic people are ‘now allowed at the big table’, but rejects quotas as introduced by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky
Lenny Henry said television has taken “baby steps” towards improving its track record on diversity but questioned whether quotas were the right way forward in an industry that remained largely “monocultural”.
The TV and stage star, a prominent campaigner to improve the representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic people in the creative industries, said there was a sense that Bame people were “now allowed at the big table to discuss things”.
Related: Lenny Henry: ringfenced funding is needed to boost diversity in TV
Related: Is TV putting its money where its mouth is on diversity?
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- John Plunkett
The 42-year-old comic told Digital Spy that he is working on a new Angelos live show - the first time he'll have played the character since 2013.
"I haven't left him behind," he insisted. "But I needed to take a break from it for a little, because otherwise I'd have just been doing that.
"People will always go, 'Do some more, do some more' - but I never ever wanted to do just one thing."
"Then there was another five years after Shooting Stars of doing it on television, going on tour and all the rest of it. By the end of that cycle, »
Deadline is reporting that Us movie and TV producer Mark Gordon has joined forces with The Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence on two new television projects, one of which is to be a new version of Neil Gaiman and Lenny Henry's Neverwhere.
Gordon and Lawrence's second newly announced venture is a TV adaptation of House Of Thieves, a mystery novel by Charles Belfoure.
The new Neverwhere series is being touted as an adaptation of Gaiman and Henry's 1996 six-part BBC series (feat. Peter Capaldi with a luxuriant bouffant), which arguably came a few years too early for the »
Can you believe it's been seven years since Colin Morgan's boy wizard first strode onto our screens?
The series premiere of Merlin on September 20, 2008 set us off on a magical five-year journey - one with mythical monsters, wicked warlocks and excessive amounts of bromantic banter.
Millions tuned in each Saturday night for the show's blend of fun, fantasy and friendship - because Merlin and Arthur (Bradley James) were definitely just friends, Ok? - but what's happened to Camelot's finest since that epic final episode?
The aged Emrys might still be waiting for King Arthur to revive, but Merlin lead Colin Morgan hasn't lain dormant these past few years. He appeared opposite fellow Irish legend Gabriel Byrne in BBC One's moody detective drama Quirke in 2014, was seduced by Gillian Anderson as mercurial copper Tom Anderson in The Fall and played cyborg Leo in Channel 4's smash hit Humans. »
The first is "Neverwhere," an adaptation of writer Neil Gaiman's urban fantasy BBC miniseries and subsequent novel. Lenny Henry co-created the original 1990s mini-series in which a man helps an injured girl, only to find himself pulled into the fantastical world of London Below.
The other is "House Of Thieves," based on the just-released mystery novel by Charles Belfoure. Set in 1886 New York, a respectable architect finds himself blackmailed into helping a gang of thieves craft plans for robberies that even the smartest detectives won't solve.
Lawrence is attached to direct both dramas, which he is executive producing with Gordon and Stoff.
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- Garth Franklin
In his review of the weeks’ TV, telly addict Andrew Collins wanders down memory lane, twice: with Lenny Henry’s Danny and The Human Zoo on BBC1 and Danny Baker’s Cradle to Grave on BBC2, both set in the comedy 1970s. Meanwhile Boy Meets Girl is very 21st century on BBC2. It’s the first British sitcom with a transgender character, and actor, at its centre, but has not much else to recommend it. And a sugar-free round on The Great British Bake Off competed with the health warnings of Jamie’s Sugar Rush on Channel 4
• Warning: Contains Strong Language And Adult Content
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- Andrew Collins and Mona Mahmood
Poldark made up for its Best Drama Series defeat, walking away with the Best New Drama award.
Davood Ghadami (Kush Kazemi) took the Best Soap Newcomer award back to Walford and the residents of Albert Square celebrated winning Best Soap.
Danny and the Human Zoo (BBC1) | BBC iPlayer
The Trials of Jimmy Rose (ITV) | itvplayer
Cradle to Grave (BBC2) | BBC iPlayer
“So, uh, we’ve got a young cullah’d fellah coming on next. I don’t think it’s fair to laugh at the afflicted, but… you know the reason their palms are all pink? It’s the way they stack ’em before spraying…” For most of us it took about 10 seconds of watching Danny and the Human Zoo, though I’ll accept 20 if you’re from outwith the M25, or a full 40 minutes if you happen to live in Sunningdale or Midwich, to suss that this was »
- Euan Ferguson
UKTV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb
Channel 5's explosive reality show was up from Sunday's episode by around 400,000 viewers, climbing to an average overnight audience of 1.43 million (6.9%) at 9pm (155k/1.0% on +1).
Earlier, Beware: The Cops Are Watching attracted 793k (3.5%) at 8pm, while a Botched Up Bodies boobs special fascinated 641k (4.1%) at 10pm.
On BBC One, coverage of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2015 brought in 4.52m (23.1%) at 6.30pm. Wallace & Gromit: A Close Shave entertained 3.10m (14.5%) at 7.30pm, Room 101 amused 2.27m (9.8%) at 8.30pm, and Lenny Henry biographical drama Danny and the Human Zoo interested 3.41m (17.4%) at 9pm.
BBC Two's Great British Menu appealed to 1.62m (7.6%) at 7.30pm, followed by University Challenge with 2.62m (11.6%) at 8pm. Only Connect quizzed 2.20m (9.6%) at 8.30pm, and An Evening with Harry and Paul tickled 1.64m (7.9%) at 9pm. »
Yes, they were being satirical, but Enfield and Whitehouse’s blackface was a mistake – as Lenny Henry’s complex autobiographical drama makes clear
Here’s a question. Were white comedians Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse right to black up for a comedy sketch or were they, as Lenny Henry’s Jamaican mother might have put it, bumbaclot idiots? I tend towards the bumbaclot thesis, but let’s suspend judgment for a moment.
The question is topical because last night the BBC broadcast two scenes of blacking up at the same time on different channels. In Lenny Henry’s Danny and the Human Zoo (BBC1), his thinly veiled autobiographical drama of rising as a black comedy star in the 1970s, the last 20 minutes dealt with the self-disgust our hero felt after performing on the same bill as white men in blackface.
- Stuart Jeffries
Lenny Henry plays himself in Danny And The Human Zoo, desperate migrants risk all to cross the Channel in Breaking Into Britain: The Lorry Jumpers, while The Catch portrays life at the deep end for a deep-sea fishing boat crew. Plus: Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse celebrate 25 years of comedy hits and misses, and CGI dinosaurs take over Britain
One-off film inspired by the teenage years of Premier Inn doyen Lenny Henry who – in a meta twist – plays the father of main protagonist Danny Fearon. In 1970s Dudley, the would-be impressionist persuades his strict Jamaican parents to let him pursue a showbiz career, but a family secret and a greedy manager mean that Danny’s 15 minutes could soon be over. Warm and poignant with comic touches, this feature-length drama showcases the talents of a multi-racial cast headed up by newcomer Kascion Franklin. Hannah J Davies
- Hannah J Davies, Andrew Mueller, Ali Catterall, Jack Seale, Ben Arnold, David Stubbs, Paul Howlett
Actor and campaigner says improving diversity is not just about getting ‘another black or Asian person in Coronation Street or EastEnders’
Lenny Henry has said ring-fenced funding would help give black, Asian and ethnic minority people in broadcasting the “elbow room” middle class white people take for granted.
He told the Radio Times that dedicated funding “says to the post-Windrush group that if they choose this employment, there’s a chance ... Bame kids get discouraged – too many glass ceilings to break through”.
Related: BBC may have to spend £100m to improve diversity, says adviser
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- Jasper Jackson
From the BBC, and starring newcomer Kascion Franklin, comes the dramatic feature "Danny and the Human Zoo," written by Lenny Henry, which is a fictionalized account of the actor/comedian's his life as a talented teenager in the 1970s, in Dudley, England. Franklin of course plays the title character, Danny, with Lenny Henry playing his dad, Samson, and Cecilia Noble his mum, Myrtle. Arthur Darvill, Richard Wilson, and Mark Benton round out the starring cast, with BAFTA Rising Star Destiny Ekaragha (whose feature debut, "Gone Too Far," was covered on this blog) is director. Good for her! I wondered what she would do next... Said Lenry Henry in a press statement »
- Tambay A. Obenson
From the BBC, and starring newcomer Kascion Franklin, comes the dramatic feature "Danny and the Human Zoo," written by Lenny Henry, which is a fictionalized account of the actor/comedian's his life as a talented teenager in the 1970s, in Dudley, England. Franklin of course plays the title character, Danny, with Lenny Henry playing his dad, Samson, and Cecilia Noble his mum, Myrtle. Arthur Darvill, Richard Wilson, and Mark Benton round out the starring cast, with BAFTA Rising Star Destiny Ekaragha (whose feature debut, "Gone Too Far," was covered on this blog) is director. Good for her! I wondered what she would do next... Said Lenry Henry in a press statement prior to the film going into production: "I can't believe that we're finally shooting my screenplay 'Danny And The Human Zoo!' This is a fantasy memoir of the first two years of my career - my beginnings, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The stars have come out in force to defend the BBC against government criticism.
Describing the corporation as a "very precious institution", they have warned the Prime Minister that "a diminished BBC would simply mean a diminished Britain".
They are joined by Gary Lineker, Clare Balding, Claudia Winkleman, Graham Norton, Chris Evans, Professor Brian Cox, Stephen Fry, Michael Palin, Lord Melvyn Bragg, Adil Ray, Jamie Oliver, Clara Amfo, Nick Grimshaw, Trevor Nelson, Annie Nightingale and Reggie Yates.
The letter reads: "The Government and the BBC are now entering the Charter Review. We »
As Hazelwood Manor awaits its grand opening, more details come to light about Amy's disappearance - and Dawn is shocked to discover Spencer was the last person to see her alive.
Virgin Atlantic: Up in the Air: ITV, 9pm
New documentary series featuring an all access behind-the-scenes look at Virgin Atlantic.
The opening episode follows the Crawley base as they prepare to celebrate the airline's 30th birthday. 58-year-old Katie hopes she can become the newest member of the cabin crew.
Crossing Lines: Alibi, 9pm
The show follows an elite police unit who tackle international crime over Europe. This week, they're on the hunt for a serial »
Billy Connolly will criss-cross the Us by train, seeking out outlaws, singers, fighters and dreamers, in a three-part series produced by 7Wonder. Commissioned by ITV, the show will follow the comedian/actor as he visits 28 states, starting and finishing in New York. Billy Connolly's Tracks Across America is a sequel to his 2011 ITV series Billy Connolly.s Route 66, in which he travelled along the famous Route 66.. Launched last year, 7Wonder is a joint venture between the Seven Network and former Maverick Television executives Alexandra Fraser, Liza Abbott and Simon Ellse which creates TV programs and formats for the UK market. The Connolly series, which was commissioned by Jo Clinton-Davis, ITV controller of factual and Richard Klein, director of factual, will screen here on Seven. Shooting is due to start in August. The director is Mike Reilly, who worked on Billy Connolly.s Route 66 and Billy Connolly.s Big Send Off. »
- Don Groves
Have you ever lain awake at night, wondering whether your favourite celebrities have posed with sea creatures? Well, wonder no more...
Every so often, a team of expensive social media consultants contacts us with some handy hints. Handy hints designed to engage audiences, raise profiles, provide watercooler conversations, and other such trendy phrases.
This week, the consultants - who work in a trendy office with proper air-conditioning and a cheese plant in the reception - told us that pictures of celebrities are big news right now. "You're an entertainment site," they said. "Do a post with celebrity pictures in it. Hollywood stars. TV's brightest. That kind of thing."
"It works for Buzzworthy and Upfeed," they added, as we slammed down the phone and rushed to our workstations.
So we've done a bit of hunting around, and here are the fruits of our labour: a post devoted to some of your favourite actors and TV stars. »
Guitar Star: Sky 1, 8pm
This new series sees Edith Bowman on the nationwide hunt to find a new superstar guitar player to perform at Latitude Festival.
Lord Hazelwood's health (Anthony Andrews) continues to deteriorate and he asks Julie and Sarah for assistance in his desperate hour of need.
Birthday: Sky Arts 1, 9pm
Ed experiences the drama, excitement and pains of childbirth as he goes into labour, whilst his wife (Maxwell Martin) does her best to remain calm and sympathetic.
Supernatural: E4, 10pm »
Lenny Henry is to be awarded a knighthood. The 56-year-old comedian is set to be knighted in the Queen's birthday honours list, announced next weekend, in celebration of the 30-year anniversary of Comic Relief, which he co-founded with comedy scriptwriter Richard Curtis in 1985. A palace insider told The Sun newspaper: ''This is a well-deserved recognition for an entertainer who has tirelessly used his talents to help others who are not so fortunate.'' Earlier this year the charity revealed it had raised a total of £1 billion during its 30 years, with the money funding almost 16,000 projects in the UK and 70 »
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