Beeb lays on birthday gig for Sir Lenny
SIR Lenny Henry will have his decades-long career honoured with a celebratory broadcast on BBC One to coincide with his 60th birthday this year.
The special will be filmed in front of a studio audience as the comedian ( above) takes a light-hearted look back at his career, which started in 1975 when he appeared on talent show New Faces.
The show will also include archive clips from his years on the small screen, and there will be new sketches featuring special guests.
Sir Lenny, who turns 60 in August, said the broadcast is “a great honour”, and that he is “very chuffed” to have his work celebrated.
He added: “One of the reasons I became a comedy performer was because of the rich and varied palette of comedy broadcast on the BBC throughout my childhood.
“I’m a comedy consumer now, but my teens were marked by my family’s tendency to sit round the television and watch everything.”