Lenny Henry sings the blues for Sky Arts
Douglas Road and 7Wonder bring artists together for three-part documentary
This article was originally published in Broadcast Now on 31 March, 2015 and written by Alex Farber
Lenny Henry’s indie Douglas Road has picked up its first commission – a 3 x 60-minute documentary about the blues for Sky Arts.
Lenny Henry’s Got The Blues, due to air this summer, is a co-production with 7Wonder and will follow the star as he tries to uncover why the UK has never produced an internationally-renowned black blues singer and records his own album.
The project got underway in 2014 when Henry decided to form a band, Lenny Henry’s Blackacre Road, which stoked his interest in the blues.
The series will feature an array of musicians including Laura Mvula, Mica Paris, Tinie Tempah, Jools Holland and Van Morrison and climaxes with a live performance from Blackacre Road.
The series has been ordered by head of non-scripted Celia Taylor and Sky Arts director Phillip Edgar-Jones. Richard Ackerman, Barbara Emile and Chris Wilson will exec produce.
Henry said: “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.”
Wilson added that it was an “irresistible” project.
“It’s the kind of popular, intelligent, high-quality television we hope will become a hallmark of 7 Wonder,” he added.