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  • Lenny Henry's What's So Great About...?

  • And 4 Other BBC Documentaries
  • By: Lenny Henry
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Radio/TV Programme
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Summary

A collection of BBC radio shows presented by comedian and actor Lenny Henry.

Stand-up comedian, actor, writer, singer, TV presenter: Lenny Henry is a multi-talented Renaissance man with a wide range of interests. But there are a few things (and people) he just doesn't get, despite their iconic status - and in What's So Great About...?, he explores them to find out what makes them so appealing. He questions the mystique surrounding Method Acting; discusses the benefits of life coaches with Phill Jupitus; hears about the joy of maths from Carol Vorderman and asks Simon McBurney and Fiona Shaw to persuade him of the genius of Samuel Beckett. Plus, Lenny investigates the art of Jackson Pollock, meets stars from the world of Snooker to discover the lure of the cue and chats about Chaucer with Terry Jones.

Lenny Henry Plays Othello follows Lenny as he takes up the challenge of his first straight stage role and first Shakespearian role, playing one of theatre's most tragic characters. From voice coaching to first-night nerves, we eavesdrop on his journey from comedian to tragedian.

In August Shines, inspired by his theatrical success in August Wilson's Fences, Lenny travels to Pittsburgh to tell the story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning African American playwright. The city was also home to the bad-boy pop artist whose work Lenny explores in Andy Warhol: Time Regained. Visiting the Warhol Museum, he learns about the 'Time Capsules' - an artwork consisting of 300,000 eclectic objects assembled across the last 13 years of Warhol's life - and joins the audience for the unboxing of the mysterious Capsule 528.

And in the fascinating 10-part series Raising the Bar: 100 Years of Black British Theatre and Screen, he traces the long, painful road that Black British artists have travelled, from the overt racial discrimination of the 19th century, via the veiled slurs that persisted throughout the 20th, to today's more equal society.

What's So Great About...?

Produced by Simon Elmes

With Ellen Burstyn, James Lipton, Phill Jupitus, Carol Vorderman, Celia Hoyles, Professor Brian Butterworth, Simon McBurney, Fiona Shaw, John Calder, James Knowlson, Brian Sewell, Julian Joseph, Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, Dennis Taylor, John Virgo, John Parrott, Terry Griffiths, Ardis Butterfield, Mike Poulton, Terry Jones

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 5th July 2008-11th June 2011

Lenny Henry Plays Othello

Produced by Simon Elmes

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 20th February 2009

August Shines

Produced by Simon Elmes

With Chris Rawson, Professor Larry Glasco, Kim Ellis, Jeff Folino, Sala Udin, Nelson Harrison

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 9th October 2014

Andy Warhol: Time Regained

Produced by Simon Elmes

With Ben Harrison, Rick Armstrong, Tim Marlow, Erin Byrne, Benjamin Liu, Donald Warhola

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 11th September 2014

Raising the Bar: 100 Years of Black British Theatre and Screen

Presented by Lenny Henry

Produced by Simon Elmes

Series Consultant: Dr Michael Pearce

Featuring: Bola Agbaje, Yvonne Brewster, Michael Buffong, Lolita Chakrabarti, Isaac Julien, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Mustapha Matura, Steve McQueen, Carmen Munroe, Horace Ové, Winsome Pinnock, Paulette Randall, Roy Williams

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 9th-20th November 2015

©2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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