An original three-part documentary series presented by Sir Lenny Henry has been commissioned by UKTV for Gold.
Lenny Henry’s Race Through Comedy, will chronicle and celebrate British TV comedy over the years and focus on iconic shows that have highlighted Britain’s mix of multiculturalism.
Henry is a fellow of the RTS and has previously been recognised for his work in helping to raise awareness of issues surrounding diversity within the television industry.
The documentary will take viewers on a personal journey, meeting the people behind British sitcoms, sketches and stand up comedy, who have been integral in shaping Britain’s culturally diverse comedic landscape.
Providing a funny yet thought-provoking look into British comedy history, the series will unearth gems from the past and the present, from Rising Damp through to the likes of Desmond’s, Goodness Gracious Me and Chewing Gum.
Henry will look at both the comedy classics and controversial moments, meeting the stars and celebrity fans of these iconic comedies.
“It is glorious to be presenting such a brilliant culturally significant programme,” Lenny Henry said.
He added: “Respect is due to all pioneers who paved the way to a more inclusive world of comedy.”
Ian Coyle, head of comedy and entertainment at Gold said: “There’s amazing insight and some brilliant clips. It’s an illustration of just how much has changed over the decades and how much more hasn’t.”
Lenny Henry’s Race Through Comedy will air on Gold this Autumn.
Henry has also been confirmed as a speaker for this year's RTS Cambridge Convention 2019, click here to book or find out more.