Sir lenworth george henry cbe born 29 august 1958, known as lenny henry, is a british standup comedian, actor, singer, writer and television presenter, known for cofounding the charity comic relief, and appearing in tv programmes including childrens entertainment show tiswas, sitcom chef. Lenny henry in pieces was a british standup and sketch show by comedians lenny henry and gina yashere. The same year, henry was the first british comedian to make a live standup comedy film, lenny henry live and unleashed, in the american tradition of films featuring standup comedians such as steve martin and eddie murphy. Coast to coast is a 1987 comedy thriller starring lenny henry, john shea, with support from peter vaughan, pete postlethwaite, cherie lunghi and al matthews. Which would appear to be more than a slight drawback when you are billed as a standup comedian. Lenny henry was born in dudley in 1958 and went to st johns primary school and the blue coat school in dudley. There arent many people of ethnic origin at the very top of broadcast journalism like lenny. Its ancient i know, must be over 10 years, but lenny henry did a great one off tv drama, full of motown songs, pretty sure it was called coast to coast. Lenny henry john shea pete postlethwaite george baker peter. One of seven children, he was the first to be born in the united kingdom. Coast to coast 1987 starring lenny henry on dvd dvd. Coast to coast lenny henry and john shea army rumour. It was initially communicated somewhere in the range of 1984 and 1988 and was later resuscitated twice, in 1995 and 20042005. Every year we receive hundreds of request for videos of this film starring lenny henry, john shea, george baker, and pete postlethwaite etc.
Coast to coast is a comedy drama film that was released in 1987. Sir lenny henrys adopted daughter set up a fake email account under his name in a desperate bid to stop her being dumped, a court heard. I loved it because it was a road movie in britain tiny island, so we had to zig zag there was classic motown music. Lenny henry latest news updates, pictures, video, reaction. Merseyside on film coast to coast 1987 full film facebook. The lenny henry show is an improv show highlighting lenny henry. They team up to start a mobile soul disco but things dont quite work out as they planned. May 01, 2015 lenny henry was born in dudley in 1958 and went to st johns primary school and the blue coat school in dudley.
Coast to coast bbc film lenny henry clip all about. He is remembered as a sort of liberating martyr, a prophet of the morass we were all heading for. Lenny henry, byname of sir lenworth george henry, born august 29, 1958, dudley, west midlands, england, british comedian, actor, and writer as a teenager, henry performed a comedy act in local nightclubs, which led to a successful appearance on the television talent program new faces when he was 16 years old. Lenny henry all the latest news, gossip, pictures and. Ritchie lee lenny henry is the owner of an ice cream van that serves as a place to store his disco equipment, used to play music for parties and other events. Before long they find themselves on the run from the bad guys and the police. Sir lenny henry s adopted daughter set up a fake email account under his name in a desperate bid to stop her being dumped, a court heard.
This popular film featured a fantastic soundtrack of classic motown music. The latest news and gossip for lenny henry jump directly to the content news corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Coast to coast is a 1987 comedy thriller starring lenny henry british comedian and john shea american actor. The advert, from 2010, parodied a wellknown scene from the film the shining, with lenny henry spoofing the scene originally starring jack nicholson, by smashing a door with an axe and then thrusting his head through the door saying. Jan 04, 2015 lenny henry, as guest editor of radio 4s the today programme. Johns primary school and later the blue coat school in dudley before completing his schooling at w. This was a comedydrama film and had a real brit road movie feel to it. Lenny henry, as guest editor of radio 4s the today programme. Aug 23, 2014 coast to coast tape 214 coast to coast is a great tv movie. It was directed by sandy johnson from a script by stan hey. Sir lenny henry, 60, is in high spirits with dawn french. He was discovered on the birminghammade talent show new faces, which he won in 1975. That he was to a great extent a selfmade martyr seems beside the point. Billie henry, 28, of plymouth, devon, used her famous.
The film has a strong following, but contractual problems. Lenny henry bio, age, wife, career, movies, and lenny henry show. If you love the soul sounds of the sixties youll love this for the music alone. Sir lenworth george henry, cbe born 29 august 1958, known as lenny henry, is a british standup comedian, actor, writer, and television presenter, best known for cofounding charity comic relief and presenting various television programmes, including the magicians for bbc one. They end up working for a liverpool underworld figure and, as a result, are misidentified as the mersey. It was originally screened as part of bbc twos screen two strand in january 1987. It was a comedy thriller with john shea about two djs with a shared passion for motown music being chased across britain. Tuson college in preston, lancashire career early career.
This sale is for coast to coast 1987 starring lenny henry on dvd. Coast to coast 1987 starring lenny henry on dvd dvd lady. Comedian lenny henry first found fame by winning tv talent show new faces in 1975. Lenny henry was the picture of happiness with girlfriend lisa makin on thursday, as they attended the launch bash for emilias west end transfer in london the legendary comic, 60, beamed as he. With lenny henry, john shea, peter vaughan, george baker. We felt the sting of injustice sharply a new bbc drama follows generation windrush, from first arrival to the scandal of deportation. It was written by stan hey and directed by sandy johnson. A pair of discolovers decides that they are going to start their own mobile disco business. Lenny henry bio, age, wife, career, movies, and lenny.
Watch out too for iggy navarro shake hands who turns up in it. Coast to coast 1987 a motowncrazy awol airman john shea and a disc jockey lenny henry flee across england in an icecream vanmobile disco. John carloff is an american who returns to liverpool where he spent some time as a youth. Its about a scouser and a us airman whos gone awol who go out as a couple of soul djs. Check facts about lenny henry if you want to know the english standup comedy. There arent many people of ethnic origin at the very top of broadcast journalism like lenny henry factory worker father. Written by stan hey, who wrote several great shows, often with andrew nickolds, its the story of john shea, an american returning to liverpool where he spent much of his youth, who meets lenny henry, a local with an almost convincing scouse accent who wants to set up a mobile. Lenny sees like a nice bloke though, but definitely not funny. This film was the first of its kind to be produced by a uk comedian, and was made in the same tradition as similar films made by american comedians, such as robin williams, eddie murphy, richard pryor, steve martin and bill cosby. It starred john shea, lenny henry,cherie lunghi, peter vaughn,george baker and peter postlethwaite as kecks mcguiness. Two guys meet, one american, a deserter from the us army, one brit, and they are drawn together by their mutual love of soul music. Lenny henry speaker, speeches, booking agent mfl global. At one stage, the heroes trade in their van for a mk4 zodiac estate. Neither being gainfully employed they decide to start a mobile disco service for fellow soul lovers, which leads them to buy an ice cream van, and the adventure begins.
Lenny henry to star in bbc one film based on his life in. He would go on to become one of britains most familiar tv comedians and cofound comic relief. May 07, 2020 comedian lenny henry first found fame by winning tv talent show new faces in 1975. The 2000 show won the golden rose of montreux award. The national exposure he gained from that show helped to secure him a role in the.
Someone who loves motown and northern soul has worked on a labour of love in this. This was followed up by a sixpart series in march 2002. Lenny henry and john shea in coast to coast 1986 coast to coast is a 1987 comedy thriller starring lenny henry, john shea, with cameos from peter vaughan, pete postlethwaite and cherie lunghi. Coast to coast 1986 lenny henry starred as scouse dj ritchie lee who teams up with american john carloff john shea to start a mobile soul disco after converting an old ice cream van. Sir lenworth george henry, cbe born 29 august 1958, known as lenny henry, is a british standup comedian, actor, singer, writer, and television presenter, known for cofounding charity comic relief, and presenting various television programmes, including the comedy chef. Written by stan hey, who wrote several great shows, often with andrew nickolds, its the story of john shea, an american returning to liverpool where he spent much of his youth, who meets lenny henry, a local with an almost convincing scouse accent who wants to set up a mobile soul disco. These dvds will play on any dvd player anywhere in the world region free. Lenny henry and john shea in coast to coast 1986 coast to coast is a 1987 comedy thriller starring lenny henry, john shea, with cameos. Dec 03, 2007 old tv drama lenny henry called coast to coast. Basically, its a film about two guys who are drawn together by their mutual love of soul music. Lenny bruce, who died in 1966, would no doubt have had a lot to say about such events as the 1968 democratic convention, vietnam, watergate, aids, reagan and clinton. John carloff john shea is an american soldier who is awol from a u. Lenny henrys daughter, 28, posed as him in fake email.
Rare screen two film from 1987 with lenny henry playing a scouser. The film featured henry performing at the hackney empire, a wellknown venue for standup comics. This film was worthy of a cinema release if lenny henry had released this he would have been massive in america. They played two motown and soul djs, who ran a liverpoolbased. When we produced it in 1986 we were unable to clear any of the rights for any form of video distribution actors, writers, musicians, music content, director, writer and crew. They do this by modifying a used ice cream truck with speakers and lights. These characters are the most popular from his live standup comic film, lenny henry live and unleashed 1989 8. Lenny henry was the picture of happiness with girlfriend lisa makin on thursday, as they attended the launch bash for emilias west end transfer in. Screen two coast to coast tv episode 1987 screen two. However, things go wrong at their first gig at a retirement home. Motown and soul music provides the soundtrack, and henry and shea perform a great version of dobie grays drift away in an air force base towards the end of the film. The show began with two christmas specials in 2000 and 2001. Starring lenny henry, john shea and pete postleswaite.718 1624 312 24 802 1049 508 486 870 380 97 781 1225 567 1509 688 31 1448 718 660 545 1476 1090 1468 1386 66 761 344 232 1279 247 16 781 526 290 934 129 1162 49 713