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Lenny Henry gets the blues for Sky Arts

Lenny Henry gets the blues for Sky Arts
Jon Creamer
31 March 2015

Indie 7Wonder and Lenny Henry’s Douglas Road Productions have been commissioned by Sky Arts to co-produce a three-part documentary series called Lenny Henry’s Got The Blues, scheduled to TX in summer 2015.
Ordered by Sky’s head of non-scripted Celia Taylor and Sky Arts director Phillip Edgar-Jones, the 3 x 60 mins series will follow Lenny Henry as he sets out to reveal why the UK has never produced a single black blues singer of international standing, while also chronicling his own journey to record his first blues album.  The series will pay tribute to the legends of the British blues scene, as well as uncovering its unsung heroes.
Van Morrison, Tinie Tempah, and Jools Holland are among the musicians who will appear in the series, which will culminate in a live performance in London featuring Lenny Henry, his own band, and special guest stars including Lulu, Mica Paris and Laura Mvula.
Lenny Henry’s Got The Blues will be exec-produced by 7 Wonder’s Chris Wilson and Douglas Road Productions’ Barbara Emile.  The series is Wilson’s first commission, since his appointment to the newly created role of head of popular factual for 7Wonder late last year, as well as being new indie Douglas Road Production’s first commission.
Philip Edgar-Jones said: ‘We love it at Sky Arts when someone comes to us with a project they are utterly passionate about and it’s even better when it’s a subject they’re also incredibly knowledgeable about too. Lenny lives and breathes the blues and we’re thrilled that he’ll be sharing his passion – and talents - with the Sky Arts audience.’
Lenny Henry said: "This project means a whole heap to me. I have been listening to Blues music my entire life - Muddy Waters, BB King and Howling Wolf to name but three of the artistes I admire. Singing the blues is about singing from your soul (Van Morrisson told me this so it must be true) and on my journey through the British blues experience, I’ll talk to many of the movers and shakers of the UK blues scene , and discuss music, singing , race, sex, alcohol and all the rest. It's going to be wild!"
Chris Wilson added: ‘This is really an irresistible project, bringing together Lenny’s fierce intelligence and passion for music, his power as a performer, a roster of British music’s biggest names, and a fascinating and previously untold musical story.  It’s the kind of popular, intelligent, high-quality television we hope will become a hallmark of 7Wonder.’
Elizabeth Dobson is the Series Producer and Director for 7Wonder  and Richard Ackerman will be the Executive Producer for Sky Arts.

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