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Lenny Henry campaign: back TV diversity or we'll boycott licence fee

6 hours ago | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor launches petition and email push lobbying culture minister Ed Vaizey to change the law on ethnic minority workers

Supporters of a campaign launched by comedian and actor Lenny Henry to change the law to boost the number of black, Asian and minority workers in the television industry say they will consider boycotting the licence fee if the government fails to take action.

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British Actor Lenny Henry Tells BBC: "There Will Be A Call To Arms. Diversify Now"

21 April 2014 8:31 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

“There will be a call to arms. Nothing happens without conflict and this is our time to stop moaning to ourselves and to take the argument public,” said veteran British actor Lenny Henry, in a recent statement as he continues his diversity push, after delivering BAFTA's annual Television Lecture for 2014 last month, focusing his discussion on the opportunities for black and minority ethnic groups in the UK TV and film industry today.  During his hour-long speech, Henry argued that funds should be set aside to boost the presence of black, Asian and minority ethnic people in the British broadcasting industry, describing the situation as "appalling" because "the »

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Shakespeare productions, Gemma Arterton play among BBC Arts plans

25 March 2014 5:55 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The BBC has outlined plans for its upcoming arts coverage.

Director General Tony Hall stated that the corporation aims to increase its art output with its "strongest commitment to the arts in a generation".

"The arts are for everyone, and from now on BBC Arts will be at the very heart of what we do," he added.

Productions from Glyndebourne and Shakespeare's Globe will be filmed for broadcast, along with Gemma Arterton's appearance in The Duchess of Malfi at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

The One Show will broadcast live from the Hay Literary Festival in May, while the makers of The Hollow Crown will reunite for filmed versions of Shakespeare's Henry VI and Richard III.

The BBC Arts... strand will be used on TV, radio and online via the BBC's iPlayer service.

iPlayer will premiere BBC Two series The Story of Women and Art, along with coverage of »

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Watch: Lenny Henry Outlines His Plan To Bring More Diversity To British Television

21 March 2014 11:38 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

It's not exactly surprising that minority actors are underrepresented in television, but the fact is no less dispiriting, and the UK television industry is in particularly lousy shape. In a lecture at BAFTA, British comedian and actor Lenny Henry ("The Magicians," "Chef!") said that the percentage of black, Asian and minority ethnic (or Bame) people working in British TV has fallen 30.9% from 2006 to 2012, and they know only make up 5.4% of the workforce. In the 85-minute lecture, Henry proposes legislation to encourage the employment of minority actors in major roles for British television. It's a terrific speech, both for Henry's proposal and the humor he brings to the subject (speaking of a previous talk in 2008: "At the talk's conclusion I said, 'I hope that things would now change, and that I don't have to come back and repeat myself in another five or six years' time'...yeah."). While Henry does »

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Watch: Lenny Henry Outlines His Plan To Bring More Diversity To British Television

21 March 2014 11:38 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It's not exactly surprising that minority actors are underrepresented in television, but the fact is no less dispiriting, and the UK television industry is in particularly lousy shape. In a lecture at BAFTA, British comedian and actor Lenny Henry ("The Magicians," "Chef!") said that the percentage of black, Asian and minority ethnic (or Bame) people working in British TV has fallen 30.9% from 2006 to 2012, and they know only make up 5.4% of the workforce. In the 85-minute lecture, Henry proposes legislation to encourage the employment of minority actors in major roles for British television. It's a terrific speech, both for Henry's proposal and the humor he brings to the subject (speaking of a previous talk in 2008: "At the talk's conclusion I said, 'I hope that things would now change, and that I don't have to come back and repeat myself in another five or six years' time'...yeah."). While Henry does »

- Max O'Connell

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Lenny Henry goes Bafta basics and adds fun to television lecture | Media Monkey

18 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Bafta's annual television lecture is not known for its laughs. But amid his serious plea for more black, Asian and minority ethnic workers in broadcasting, Lenny Henry's speech on Monday night had television executives – including ITV boss Peter Fincham – rolling in the aisles. Speaking about the Us adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, Elementary, Henry said it, "has the Korean actress Lucy Liu from Kill Bill and Charlie's Angels playing Doctor Watson. Ooh, very bold decision. There's as much chance of that happening here as seeing Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson on Mr and Mrs, isn't there?" Ba-doom, tish! And talking about the BBC's structural changes to boost programmes from the nations and regions, he said: "They set firm targets and even set quotas of a minimum amount of programmes they were going to commission from each nation and region. And the result, like Sally Bercow's alleged drinks bill, is spectacular. »

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British Actor Lenny Henry Calls For Legislative Mandate To Boost Industry Diversity In BAFTA Speech. Watch It In Full

18 March 2014 9:40 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Speaking of the Bechdel Test which I've mentioned on this site previously, most recently in This post... Across the pond, British actor Lenny Henry delivered BAFTA's annual Television Lecture for 2014, focusing his discussion on the opportunities for black and minority ethnic groups in the TV industry today.  During his hour-long speech, Henry argued that funds should be set aside to boost the presence of black, Asian and minority ethnic people in the British broadcasting industry, describing the situation as "appalling" because "the majority of our industry is based around London where the black and Asian population is 40%," compared to the 5.4% representation in the »

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U.K. Star Lenny Henry Calls for Law to Boost Ethnic Diversity in Industry

18 March 2014 2:43 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

London – British TV personality Lenny Henry used an honorary lecture delivered at BAFTA headquarters in London Monday to call for new legislation that would bring more black, Asian and minority ethic (Bame) professionals into roles within the creative industries. Each year, BAFTA invites one of TV's foremost figures to give their personal view on creative excellence in television and their vision for the future.  Photos: The Top Celebrity Political Twitter Commentators Henry used his platform to expand on recommendations he put forward earlier in March at a roundtable held by U.K. government culture minister Ed Vaizey to discuss the decline in

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Lenny Henry calls for law to boost low numbers of black people in TV industry

18 March 2014 2:21 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor sounds alarm over sharp fall in numbers of black, Asian and minority ethnic workers in broadcasting

The actor and comedian Lenny Henry has called for new legislation to reverse the "appalling" percentage of black and Asian people in the creative industries.

Henry said the situation has "deteriorated badly" with the number of black, Asian and minority ethnic (Bame) people working in the UK television industry falling by 30.9% between 2006 and 2012.

They now make up just 5.4% of the broadcasting workforce, which Henry described as an "appalling percentage".

Delivering the annual Bafta television lecture in London, Henry said he was speaking on behalf of the 2,000 Bame people have left the industry over the last three years while the industry overall has grown by over 4,000.

And he said even star actors such as David Harewood are still "frustrated by the lack of opportunities in the UK" and "very disappointed offers are still not »

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BBC to present 'changing face of Britain' with Asian stars in prime-time dramas

1 March 2014 10:00 PM, PST | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

London, March 2: BBC executives have decided to cast more Asian and black actors in prime-time dramas to present the changing face of modern Britain.

BBC One controller Charlotte Moore has vowed to screen more gay dramas and has roped in comedian Lenny Henry and BAFTA-winning film director Steve McQueen to make programmes about racial conflict, the Daily Star reported.

She is also set to involve "blind casting" where actors are given parts regardless of their ethnic origin.

BBC drama chief Ben Stephenson complained that there are not enough gay characters on TV and revealed that he wants BBC dramas to "reflect Britain. »

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BBC orders Lenny Henry biographical drama

28 February 2014 8:15 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

BBC One has commissioned a one-off drama based on Lenny Henry's childhood. The comedian will pen 'Danny and the Human Zoo', a fictionalised 90-minute special drawing on his own experiences as a young teenager growing up in 1970s Dudley with a dream of being a comic. Lenny said in a statement: ''I'm so excited about bringing my fictional teen memoir to the nation! I've crammed the first two years of a very long career into 90 minutes - it's gonna rock. I think, although it's not exactly what happened, that we'll get a strong sense of what it might have »

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Lenny Henry, Steve Pemberton to write new BBC One dramas

28 February 2014 3:06 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC One has announced new drama commissions from Lenny Henry and Steve Pemberton.

Danny And The Human Zoo is a one-off 90-minute drama written by Henry.

The script is described as a fictionalised memoir of the comic's life as a working-class teenager in 1970s Dudley.

"I've crammed the first two years of a very long career into 90 minutes - it's gonna rock," Henry said.

Mapp and Lucia is an adaptation of Ef Benson's novels, penned by Inside No 9 co-creator and star Pemberton.

The comic drama is comprised of three hour-long episodes and set in the summer of 1930, when Mrs Emmeline Lucas - known to her friends as Lucia - decides to take a holiday in the small English town of Tilling.

BBC One has also ordered five-part drama Doctor Foster from award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett, who previously scripted ITV drama The Town.

The series will follow Doctor Jenny Foster - »

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David Walliams to star as BBC bags Agatha Christie drama deal

27 February 2014 11:41 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Corporation's contract with Christie estate will bring new series and documentaries coinciding with author's 125th anniversary

David Walliams will star in a new Agatha Christie adaptation on BBC1 under a new deal to bring some of the author's best-known works to the small screen in the 125th anniversary year of the author's birth.

The BBC has screened many Christie works in the past but the author has been associated with ITV for the past two decades, with its take on Miss Marple and its long-running Poirot series, starring David Suchet, which ended last year.

Walliams will star in a six-part series set in the 1950s, Partners in Crime, an adaptation of two Christie books featuring married sleuths Tommy and Tuppence, The Secret Adversary and N or M.

The Christie deal will also see a new three-part adaptation of And Then There Were None, Christie's most successful work which has sold more than 100m copies. »

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John Challis feels guilty over Roger Lloyd-Pack's death

27 February 2014 3:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

BBC One has commissioned a one-off drama based on Lenny Henry's childhood. The comedian will pen 'Danny and the Human Zoo', a fictionalised 90-minute special drawing on his own experiences as a young teenager growing up in 1970s Dudley with a dream of being a comic. Lenny said in a statement: ''I'm so excited about bringing my fictional teen memoir to the nation! I've crammed the first two years of a very long career into 90 minutes - it's gonna rock. I think, although it's not exactly what happened, that we'll get a strong sense of what it might have »

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Queen and Kate Welcome British Film Stars to Buckingham Palace

17 February 2014 1:05 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Princess Kate was back alongside Queen Elizabeth at the palace Monday - and back in an Alexander McQueen dress she originally wore at a special occasion to mark her royal majesty's 60 years on the throne in 2012. Kate, 32, was helping the Queen host a reception for British actors and actresses at Buckingham Palace. A day after Prince William presented Helen Mirren with a fellowship at the BAFTAs, Kate attended Monday's event, which marked the Queen's 60 years as patron of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the contribution that the dramatic arts make to national life. The evening was given extra »

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ITV's Lego ad break: Lenny Henry, Brian the robot - watch in full

10 February 2014 4:26 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

ITV aired an ad break made entirely out of Lego last night (February 9).

Lenny Henry and Confused.com's Brian the Robot were transformed into Lego men during Dancing on Ice on Sunday, in order to promote The Lego Movie.

It was the world's first ever ad break made out of Lego pieces, which also included the BT students and Vinnie Jones.

The ad break also featured an exclusive new trailer for The Lego Movie, which opens at cinemas on February 14 in the UK.

Chris Pratt leads The Lego Movie's voice cast as Emmet, a Lego minifigure who's swept along in an epic adventure after being mistaken for the prophesied MasterBuilder.

The cast also includes Will Arnett as Batman, Channing Tatum as Superman, Cobie Smulders as Wonder Woman and Jonah Hill as Green Lantern.

Morgan Freeman also stars as Vitruvius, with Will Ferrell as Lord Business and Elizabeth Banks as Wyldstyle. »

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ITV for Lego-themed ad break

7 February 2014 8:15 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

ITV will air an entire ad break made from Lego this Sunday (09.02.14). BT, Confused.com and Premier Inn will all screen commercials using the children's building block toy to promote the release of Warner Bros.' new film, 'The Lego Movie'. The adverts will air during ITV's primetime show 'Dancing on Ice' at around 7:28pm and will be interspersed with character clips from the new movie, as well as a new trailer. The Premier Inn advert will see the company's promotional frontman Lenny Henry recreated using Lego. The trio of ads were masterminded by media agency Phd. The company's head of planning David Wilding said: ''To »

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The Lego Movie rebuilds ITV ad break

7 February 2014 3:50 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Warner Bros jumps on trend of remaking famous scenes with bricks by recreating ads for Premier Inn, BT and Confused.com

ITV is to air the first "all-Lego" ad break featuring remakes of commercials featuring Lenny Henry and BT's flatmates set to get the building block treatment.

The stunt, to promote Warner Bros upcoming release of The Lego Movie, will see existing ads recreated with Lego in the high-profile ad break in the middle of Sunday's Dancing on Ice.

Lenny Henry's turn for Premier Inn, BT's tech-loving flatmates and Confused.com's robot Brian will be reimagined in Lego form.

"To support the launch of a movie in which the whole world is made of Lego bricks, we came up with the idea of transporting ITV viewers there," said David Wilding, head of planning at media agency Phd, which came up with the strategy for Warner Bros.

To tie the »

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ITV to broadcast world's first entire Lego ad break

6 February 2014 8:17 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

ITV will show the world's first entire ad break made from Lego on Sunday (February 9).

To promote Warner Bros' The Lego Movie, adverts from Confused.com, Premier Inn and BT will receive the Lego treatment during the centre break of Dancing on Ice.

Characters from the movie will appear on screen between each advert, while an exclusive new trailer will be shown last.

The adverts are set to include Lego versions of Lenny Henry, Confused.com's Brian the robot and the BT flatmates.

Chris Pratt leads The Lego Movie's voice cast as Emmet, a Lego minifigure who's swept along in an epic adventure after being mistaken for the prophesied MasterBuilder.

The voice cast also includes Will Arnett as Batman, Channing Tatum as Superman, Cobie Smulders as Wonder Woman and Jonah Hill as Green Lantern.

Morgan Freeman features as the voice of Vitruvius, with Will Ferrell as Lord Business and Elizabeth Banks as Wyldstyle. »

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ITV to broadcast world's first entire Lego ad break

6 February 2014 8:17 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

ITV will show the world's first entire ad break made from Lego on Sunday (February 9).

To promote Warner Bros' The Lego Movie, adverts from Confused.com, Premier Inn and BT will receive the Lego treatment during the centre break of Dancing on Ice.

Characters from the movie will appear on screen between each advert, while an exclusive new trailer will be shown last.

The adverts are set to include Lego versions of Lenny Henry, Confused.com's Brian the robot and the BT flatmates.

Chris Pratt leads The Lego Movie's voice cast as Emmet, a Lego minifigure who's swept along in an epic adventure after being mistaken for the prophesied MasterBuilder.

The voice cast also includes Will Arnett as Batman, Channing Tatum as Superman, Cobie Smulders as Wonder Woman and Jonah Hill as Green Lantern.

Morgan Freeman features as the voice of Vitruvius, with Will Ferrell as Lord Business and Elizabeth Banks as Wyldstyle. »

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