The Lenny Henry Show, On Superheroes Getting The Black Prefix

Black Panther. Black Lightning. The Black Racer. Black Goliath. And now… Black Comet. Or not. Sir Lenny Henry has brought back his eighties BBC comedy sketch show The Lenny Henry Show, to BBC Radio 4. Which means he can open the first show with an effects-heavy sketch as the superhero saving the day Comet. Or as everyone insisted on calling him, Black Comet. It rather gets on his nerves… noting that no one talks about Caucasian Iron Man.

The Lenny Henry Show, On Superheroes Getting The Black Prefix
The Lenny Henry Show, On Superheroes Getting The Black Prefix

It's worth noting that Sir Henry has written graphic novels, and produced Neil Gaiman's BBC drama, Neverwhere.

The Lenny Henry Show is a comedy sketch show originally broadcast between 1984 and 1988, then was revamped as a sitcom starring a pirate radio DJ Delbert Wilkins and was revived twice on TV, once in 1995 and then again in 2004–2005. This is its first radio iteration. And he even brings back Delbert Wilkins and Winston for digital radio…

The Lenny Henry Show is on every Tuesday night at 6.30pm (BST) on BBC Radio 4 and available on BBC Sounds and the BBC Radio Player directly afterwards.

Character-based sketch comedy from Lenny Henry, featuring old favourites like Deakus (musing about Covid from his care home) and Brixton-based DJ Delbert Wilkins, who's with his mate Winston talking about homeschooling. There's also new characters such as Mr Stone, the former Special Forces operative-turned-teacher, and paranoid Aaron, who sees crime everywhere. And there's an outtake from the Repair Shop, an appeal by parents who have been cancelled by their kids, and a debut from Northern grime artist The Yorkshire Moor, rapping about lockdown. Cast includes Lenny Henry, Vas Blackwood, George Fouracres, Llewella Gideon, Freya Parker, and Cherrelle Skeete. Written by Lenny Henry and Max Davis, with Nathan Bryon and Tom Melia, Tasha Dhanraj, Kim Fuller, Benjamin Partridge and Nathan Roberts. Music by Lawrence Insula, with Lockdown based on an original song, Shutdown by Skepta. Produced by Sam Michel. A Douglas Road and Tiger Aspect production for BBC Radio 4

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