This month’s round-up of TV and ra­dio

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Lenny Henry: The Com­mon­wealth Kid April

BBC ONE Sir Lenny Henry is the son of Ja­maican par­ents who came to the UK as part of the postWin­drush gen­er­a­tion in 1957. It’s a her­itage that has long fas­ci­nated him, both on a per­sonal level and in terms of the UK’s re­la­tion­ship with other coun­tries in the Com­mon­wealth.

The Com­mon­wealth Heads of Gov­ern­ment Meet­ing takes place in Lon­don in April, the first time that it’s come to the cap­i­tal in over 30 years. So it’s a timely mo­ment for the ac­tor and co­me­dian to ex­am­ine the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the Crown, the Com­mon­wealth and its peo­ple, who num­ber 2.3 bil­lion.

It’s an ex­plo­ration that takes Henry on a tour of the Caribbean, vis­it­ing the Ba­hamas and Ja­maica where he meets a cross­sec­tion of is­land so­ci­ety, from street ven­dors to teach­ers, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to stu­dents. By look­ing so closely at the bond be­tween Caribbean coun­tries and the UK, the aim is to of­fer a mi­cro­cosm of the wider re­la­tion­ship be­tween Com­mon­wealth peo­ples.

The show will in­evitably touch on the more dif­fi­cult el­e­ments of the Bri­tish Em­pire’s his­tory, and ex­plore the chang­ing role of the Com­mon­wealth in the 21st cen­tury.

Who Do You Think You Are? USA Tues­day 10 April, 9pm W

Con­tin­u­ing through April and May, the ninth se­ries of the State­side ver­sion of WDYTYA? fea­tures some names that will cer­tainly be fa­mil­iar to UK view­ers. They in­clude Noah Wyle, star of ER and Fall­ing

Skies, who in­ves­ti­gates his ma­ter­nal line and meets an an­ces­tor who was pitched into one of the USA’s big­gest wars

and whose life ul­ti­mately spi­ralled out of con­trol. In ad­di­tion ac­tor Jes­sica Biel (The A-Team, To­tal

Re­call) makes shock­ing dis­cov­er­ies as she hunts for in­for­ma­tion about the death of a fore­bear, while Mo­town leg­end Smokey Robin­son con­nects with a strug­gle against op­pres­sion. The se­ries also fea­tures the ac­tors John Sta­mos and Liv Tyler.

The Tur­ban Bus Dis­pute Mon­day 16 April

RA­DIO 4 In 1967 Sikh bus driver Tarsem Singh Sandhu was sent home from work be­cause he was sport­ing a beard and wear­ing a tur­ban. It was an event that marked the be­gin­ning of an in­dus­trial dis­pute that lasted for two years.

In ad­di­tion, as jour­nal­ist and nov­el­ist Sath­nam Sanghera re­lates, the in­ci­dent formed part of the back­drop to Enoch Pow­ell’s ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech of 20 April 1968, in which the Con­ser­va­tive politi­cian crit­i­cised mass im­mi­gra­tion. The dis­pute took place in Pow­ell’s Mid­lands con­stituency, and he re­ferred to it di­rectly when he crit­i­cised “the Sikh com­mu­ni­ties’ cam­paign to main­tain cus­toms in­ap­pro­pri­ate in Bri­tain”.

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