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Miles Jupp stars as James Boswell, Dr Johnson's time-travelling biographer, with a host of top actors and comedians as his celebrity interviewees 'Blisteringly funny... essential listening' Radio Times Before James Boswell penned a biography of his friend, Dr Johnson, they were both nobodies. But his Life of Samuel Johnson made them famous - so now Boswell's out to work his magic on other celebrities. Travelling through the centuries, he gives 12 legendary figures the Boswell treatment, hoping to do for them what he did for Johnson... Series 1 sees him attempting to write a biography of Sigmund Freud (Henry Goodman) - but it's Freud asking all the searching questions. Talking to Maria Callas (Arabella Weir), he gets up close and personal with her poodle; encountering Harold Pinter (Harry Enfield) he receives his very own 'Pinter pause' and, trying to beat Boris Johnson (Alistair McGowan) at whiff-whaff, he finds he's facing a fiendish opponent. In Series 2, Boswell tries to help Muhammad Ali (Lenny Henry), who's been banned from boxing and is in the wilderness. Interviewing Karl Marx (Julian Rhind-Tutt), he finds himself collaborating on Das Kapital, but on meeting Madonna (Debra Stephenson), he struggles to get into the groove. And will he succeed in immortalising Alan Bennett (Alistair McGowan), or will they simply be talking heads? Series 3 finds Boswell buttonholing Lord Byron (Freddie Fox) to find out if he's really mad, bad and dangerous to know; receiving some lessons in equality from Simone de Beauvoir (Amelia Bullmore); becoming involved in a murder mystery with Agatha Christie (Vicki Pepperdine) and attempting to become a better man under the guidance of Gandhi (Phaldut Sharma). But abstinence drives him to distraction - and worse... Created by scriptwriter and novelist Jon Canter, this engaging, entertaining series won the 2015 Best European Radio Fiction Series or Serial of the Year at the prestigious Prix Europa. Production credits Written by Jon Canter Directed by Sally Avens First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 25 February-17 May 2015 (Series 1), 21 March-11 April 2016 (Series 2), 7-28 March 2018 (Series 3) Cast James Boswell - Miles Jupp Sigmund Freud - Henry Goodman Maria Callas - Arabella Weir Harold Pinter - Harry Enfield Boris Johnson/Alan Bennett - Alistair McGowan Muhammad Ali - Lenny Henry Boxing commentator - Ewan Bailey Karl Marx - Julian Rhind-Tutt Madonna - Debra Stephenson Lord Byron - Freddie Fox Simone de Beauvoir - Amelia Bullmore Agatha Christie - Vicki Pepperdine Rose - Abbie Andrews Gandhi - Phaldut Sharma Mr Fortescue/The Prince of Wales - Clive Hayward (p) 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd © 2021 BBC Studios Distribution LtdShow more
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. He also 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 was once sceptical about Shakespeare too, but he's now a passionate convert. In Lenny Henry Plays Othello, we follow him as he embarks on his first straight stage role and first Shakespearean 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... Finally, in the compelling 10-part series Raising the Bar: 100 Years of Black British Theatre and Screen, Lenny traces the long, painful road that black Britons have travelled on stage and screen, from the overt racial discrimination of the 19th Century, via the veiled slurs that persisted throughout the 20th, to today's more equal society. Talking to playwrights such as Kwame Kwei-Armah, and actors and directors including Carmen Munroe, Yvonne Brewster and Steve McQueen, he tells the story of black drama and the influential artists who have shaped it over the past century, and looks to the future to examine the prospects for young black British talent. Published by Penguin Random House Ltd Licensed by BBC Studios Distribution Ltd © 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd MCPS Presented by Lenny Henry 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, 5 July 2008-11 June 2011 Lenny Henry Plays Othello Produced by Simon Elmes First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 20 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, 9 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, 11 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, 9-20 November 2015Show more
The hit improvisation radio show that spawned the TV phenomenon Regular team captains Stephen Fry and John Sessions are joined by Lenny Henry, Dawn French, Hugh Laurie, Enn Reitel, Jimmy Mulville, Nonny Williams, Griff Rhys Jones, Kate Robbins, John Bird, Rory Bremner and Jon Glover, as they battle their way through a succession of games and romp through a world of literary styles, TV theme tunes, and film genres. Chairman Clive Anderson desperately tries to hold the whole thing together and the guests make it up as they go along in this riot of improvisation. First heard on BBC Radio 4 in January 1988, Whose Line is it Anyway? went on to run for 10 series on Channel 4 and found success in America. Based on comedy suggestions from the studio audience, this is ad-libbed comedy at its best. With Colin Sell at the piano. Devised and compiled by Mark Leveson, with additional material by Martin Booth. Produced by Dan PattersonShow more
Lenny Henry presents this groundbreaking BBC radio series exploring a century of black British theatre, TV and film In this fascinating ten-part series, Lenny Henry traces the long and painful road that black Britons have travelled on stage and screen, from the overt racial discrimination of the 19th Century, via the thinly veiled slurs that persisted through the first 70 years of the 20th, to today's more equal society. Interviewing playwrights, actors, directors and filmmakers - including Mustapha Matura, Roy Williams, Lolita Chakrabarti, Michael Buffong, Horace Ové and Steve McQueen - he tells the story of black drama and the influential artists who have shaped it over the past hundred years. Beginning with the breakthrough arrival of Kwame Kwei-Armah's celebrated tragedy Elmina's Kitchen to the West End, he goes on to examine the evolving depiction of Afro-Caribbeans on TV from Love Thy Neighbour to Desmond's; explores the complex stage history of Othello; focuses on how Caribbean migration has been reflected on stage and screen; and journeys back to the 1960s and 70s to explore the spirit of protest that welled up with the advent of the Black Power movement. In addition, he looks at the burgeoning black theatre companies of the 1970s and 80s; charts the breakthrough of a host of powerful new voices in the 90s; scrutinizes attitudes towards homosexuality; investigates the current blossoming of new theatrical voices with roots in Africa and concludes with a look at future prospects and opportunities for black British talent.Show more
Delight in a collection of famous children's stories performed by our favourite celebrities. From a fantastic edition of Beauty and The Beast, read by the brilliant comedian, writer and actor Rik Mayall, to an awe inspiring and captivating retelling of Sleeping Beauty by the renown Lenny Henry, and many, many more... This collection includes: The Princess and the Pea, Princess Ballett Slippers & The Princess Who Never Laughed (Emma Forbes); Rapunzel & Alice in Wonderland (Bobby Davro); Snow White (Anita Harris); Cinderella (Tony Robinson); Beauty and The Beast (Rik Mayall); Sleeping Beauty (Sir Lenny Henry); The Frog Princess, The Little Mermaid & The Dancing Princess (Robin &Brenda Markwell).Show more
Delight in a collection of famous children's stories performed by our favourite celebrities. From a fantastic edition of Aladdin, read by the brilliant comedian, writer and actor Rik Mayall, to an incredibly captivating retelling of Emperors New Clothes, told by the renown Lenny Henry, and many, many more... This collection includes: Jack and the Beanstalk & The Hare and the Tortoise (Bobby Davro); Puss In Boots (Tony Robinson); Alladin, Sinbad the Sailor & The Gingerbread Man (Rik Mayall); Emperors New Clothes (Sir Lenny Henry); Roger and the Rottentrolls (Colin Baker); Billy Goats Gruff & The Three Little Pigs (Andy Crane); Pinnochio & The Frog Prince (Robin & Brenda Markwell).Show more
Delight in a collection of the worlds's favourite children's stories voiced by our favourite celebrities. From a fantastic edition of The Beauty and The Beast, read by the brilliant comedian, writer and actor Rik Mayall, to the incredibly captivating Rapunzel, told by the renown Bobby Davro, and many, many more... This collection includes: Beauty and The Beast, Aladdin, Sinbad the Sailor (Rik Mayall); Cinderella (Tony Robinson); Billy Goats Gruff (Andy Crane); Snow White, The Emperors New Clothes (Anita Harris) Sleeping Beauty (Lenny Henry); The Princess and the Pea (Emma Forbes); Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel (Bobby Davro); Puss In Boots, The Pied Piper Of Hamelin, The Frog Prince, The Elves and the Showmaker (Brenda & Robin Markwell).Show more
Delight in a collection of children's stories voiced by our favourite celebrities. From a fantastic edition of Ugly Duckling, read by the brilliant comedian, writer and actor Sir Lenny Henry, to the incredibly captivating Cinderella, told by the renown Anita Harris, and many, many more... This collection includes: Beauty and The Beast, Aladdin, The Gingerbread Man (Rik Mayall); Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, The Emperors New Clothes (Anita Harris); Snow White, The Three Little Pigs (Andy Crane); The Ugly Duckling (Lenny Henry); The Princess and the Pea (Emma Forbes); Jack and the Beanstalk, Alice In Wonderland (Bobby Davro); Goldilocks and The Three Bears (Phillip Schofied); Puss In Boots (Tony Robinson).Show more
Zadie Smith’s dazzling debut caught critics grasping for comparisons and deciding on everyone from Charles Dickens to Salman Rushdie to John Irving and Martin Amis. But the truth is that Zadie Smith’s voice is remarkably, fluently, and altogether wonderfully her own. At the center of this invigorating novel are two unlikely friends, Archie Jones and Samad Iqbal. Hapless veterans of World War II, Archie and Samad and their families become agents of England’s irrevocable transformation. A second marriage to Clara Bowden, a beautiful, albeit tooth-challenged, Jamaican half his age, quite literally gives Archie a second lease on life, and produces Irie, a knowing child whose personality doesn’t quite match her name (Jamaican for “no problem”). Samad’s late-in-life arranged marriage (he had to wait for his bride to be born), produces twin sons whose separate paths confound Iqbal’s every effort to direct them, and a renewed, if selective, submission to his Islamic faith. Set against London’ s racial and cultural tapestry, venturing across the former empire and into the past as it barrels toward the future, White Teeth revels in the ecstatic hodgepodge of modern life, flirting with disaster, confounding expectations, and embracing the comedy of daily existence.Show more
The brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast series based on And Another Thing the sixth book in the famous Hitchhiker's Guide trilogy . Forty years on from the first ever radio series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Arthur Dent and friends return in six brand new episodes, in which they are thrown back into the Whole General Mish Mash in a rattling adventure involving Viking Gods and Irish Confidence Tricksters, with our first glimpse of Eccentrica Gallumbits and a brief but memorable moment with The Ravenous Bugblatter Beast Of Traal. Starring John Lloyd as The Book, with Simon Jones as Arthur, Geoff McGivern as Ford Prefect, Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox, Sandra Dickinson and Susan Sheridan as Trillian, Jim Broadbent as Marvin the Paranoid Android and Jane Horrocks as Fenchurch, the cast also includes Samantha Bart, Toby Longworth, Andy Secombe, Ed Byrne, Lenny Henry, Philip Pope, Mitch Benn, Jon Culshaw and Professor Stephen Hawking. First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2018, the series is written and directed by Dirk Maggs and based on And Another Thing by Eoin Colfer with additional unpublished material by Douglas Adams. This edition also includes over 50 minutes of unbroadcast bonus material. Listeners are reminded that the relaxed attitude to danger provided by Joo Janta 200 Super-Chromatic Peril Sensitive Sunglasses is no substitute for running around, screaming.Show more
Penguin presents the audiobook edition of White Teeth by Zadie Smith, read by Lenny Henry, Sagar Arya, Pippa Bennett-Warner and Ray Panthaki. Zadie Smith's White Teeth is a classic international bestseller and an unforgettable portrait of London One of the most talked about fictional debuts ever, White Teeth is a funny, generous, big-hearted novel, adored by critics and readers alike. Dealing - among many other things - with friendship, love, war, three cultures and three families over three generations, one brown mouse, and the tricky way the past has of coming back and biting you on the ankle, it is a life-affirming, riotous must-read of a book. 'Funny, clever ... and a rollicking good read' Independent 'An astonishingly assured début, funny and serious ... I was delighted' Salman Rushdie 'The almost preposterous talent was clear from the first pages' Julian Barnes, GuardianShow more
A moment of reprieve. Nobody knows you. No one owns you. You're on day release.' Lenny Henry plays double murderer Frank Watt, who is getting ready to face life on the outside after 30 years in prison. He's looking forward to getting out, but things have changed a lot since the 80s and he's institutionalised. He quite likes his bookish, monk-like life inside and the anger he was boiling over with when he went to prison is down to a manageable simmer. Outside, life is full on. Plus, Frank's got some old business to sort. Playwright and journalist Peter Jukes is best known for his book about the hacking trial, Beyond Contempt (which he also dramatised for Radio 4), and more recently for his award-winning podcast and subsequent book Untold: The Daniel Morgan Murder Uncovered. Sir Lenny Henry is award-winning actor and playwright, and one of Britain's best known comedians. Directed by Mary Peate.Show more
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