The Lenny Henry Show

The Lenny Henry Show enjoyed a very rare repeat last night on BBC Four, and it’s still up on iPlayer. It’s remarkable that this series isn’t more widely available, or available at all. The title has been used in a number of different ways through the years, on TV as the sketch show, and then again as the name of the Delbert Wilkins sitcom, two more incarnations of sketch shows (1995 and 2004), and a Radio 4 show.

And here it is, way back in 1978, being used for his live tour.

Retford, Gainsborough & Worksop Times – Friday 21 April 1978

As an aside, The Fosters was the UK remake of Norman Lear’s US sitcom Good Times (itself a spin-off from Maude, which was a spin-off from All In The Family, the American remake of Till Death Us Do Part). It mostly used the original scripts, with some small re-writes by Jon Watkins.

The Stage – Thursday 29 April 1976

I clipped that review off before it expounds ‘what is really wrong with the show’.

Back to The Lenny Henry Show, here’s a review of a tour from 1983.

The Stage – Thursday 24 March 1983

I love this potted review of the first series of the sketch show, for obvious reasons.

Daily Mirror – Saturday 06 October 1984

And the morphing of the sketch show into the sitcom is mentioned in this article about the new comedy line-up on the BBC in 1987.

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