Beeb lays on birth­day gig for Sir Lenny

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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.”

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