imagine…meets Sir Lenny Henry and Lemn Sissay



imagine… BBC Arts’ flagship documentary strand for BBC One will meet Sir Lenny Henry and Lemn Sissay in two new documentaries for winter 2019.

Alan Yentob, presenter and series editor says: “Lenny Henry and Lemn Sissay are two exceptional and original talents. They are also great story tellers. Here are two tales of the unexpected. Their recently published memoirs have received great acclaim and in imagine… they speak with remarkable candour in two truly revealing and inspiring encounters.”

Tanya Hudson, BBC Studios Executive Producer, says: “imagine… celebrates and explores the best in arts and culture both in the UK and internationally. As Lenny Henry’s first autobiography and Lemn Sissay’s memoir is published these revealing documentary portraits shine a new light on two of the best-loved and remarkable cultural figures of our generation.”

imagine...Lenny Henry (w/t)

Alan Yentob follows one of our best loved performers as he releases his first autobiography charting his early years in show-business. In this revealing and poignant film Sir Lenny Henry will meet up with his closest friends, family and colleagues to remember his sudden rise to fame aged 16 on TV talent show, New Faces, which catapulted him from a working-class kid from Dudley to one of Britain’s most celebrated black performers. imagine...will also remember Lenny’s other early breakthrough roles on Tiswas and Three Of A Kind as well as five troubling years as the only black performer in The Black & White Minstrel show. Alongside his early achievements Lenny also discusses his recent career reinvention as a serious actor of stage and screen and his work as a political activist campaigning for greater diversity in the entertainment and broadcasting industry.

imagine... Lenny Henry is a BBC Studios Production and is commissioned for BBC Arts and BBC One by Mark Bell. Alan Yentob is the Series Editor and Executive Producer is Tanya Hudson. The Producer/ Director is Alex Harding.

imagine... Lemn Sissay (w/t)

Lemn Sissay's writings are a source of inspiration to huge numbers of people the world over - from the landmark poems writ large on the walls and buildings of Manchester and beyond, to the contemplative dawn verses, published each morning on social media, his words bring solace and light to readers across the globe.

As his new memoir My Name Is Why is published, chronicling his troubled early years in the care system, he tells Alan Yentob what it was like to grow up as the only black child in a sleepy market town outside Wigan in the 1970s, and how it felt when he was rejected at the tender age of twelve by those he had loved and left to fend for himself. His journey since has been one of discovery, learning not just that his name was Lemn, but that his parents were Ethiopian, a country he now visits regularly.

Featuring contributions from some of the great names Lemn has shared the stage with over the past few decades, as well as his close network of friends and supporters from his years in care, this is the story of the boy whose name meant Why.

imagine... Lemn Sissay is a BBC Studios Production and is commissioned for BBC Arts and BBC One by Mark Bell. The Series Editor is Alan Yentob and Tanya Hudson is the Executive Producer. The Producer/ Director is John O’Rourke.

Source BBC One

October 18, 2019 7:02am ET by BBC One  


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