Category: Lenny Henry

  • Subject To Availability
    Subject To Availability

    This rather ominous advert tells us two important things about the imminent lauch of BSB in 1990. First, and more frivolously, maybe using Colin from The Brittas Empire was a bad choice (yes, I am aware of the limitations of linear time), and perhaps an omen for the shitshow that was to follow. Second, that…

  • Lenny Henry Ads
    Lenny Henry Ads

    It’s easier to find adverts featuring Lenny Henry than it is to find his shows on commercial release, which is a glaring gap in the catalogue of UK comedy. Here’s Lenny as “Mr Widdlybeast” selling us some Alpen. Does the autograph joke come from Len’s stand up show Live & Unleashed? It seems familiar. There…

  • Chef!

    There’s not nearly enough Lenny Henry things available on DVD, but I’ve been watching Chef! this week, and it’s as good as I remembered it. In fact, the first episode threw me a little, because it has a not-so-subtle handjob scene in it, and I could have sworn it was a pre-watershed show. Turns out…

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  • Proctology: A Bottom Examination
    Proctology: A Bottom Examination

    For a long time now I’ve been wanting to write an old-fashioned programme guide. One you can hold in your hand and thumb through, make notes on, spill coffee on. So I did. Proctology: A Bottom Examination is my deep dive into Bottom, the hit BBC Two sitcom starring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. That’s…

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  • Re-Casting Keanu
    Re-Casting Keanu

    Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him eight years older than Clive Dunn was when he was first cast in Dad’s Army. But don’t panic, Clive Dunn was always playing much older characters than his own age. Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him seven years older than Stephanie Cole was when she was first…

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