Lenny Henry sings the blues for Sky Arts
Douglas Road and 7Wonder bring artists together for three-part documentary
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 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.