Lenny: TV needs more black faces.MIDLAND comedian Lenny Henry Lenworth George Henry CBE (born 29 August 1958), better known as Lenny Henry, is an English writer, comedian and actor. Early life
Henry was born in Dudley, the son of parents who emigrated to England from Jamaica in the 1950s. has accused the TV industry of racism.
Little has changed since the era of Alf Garnett Alf Garnett was a fictional character on the BBC television sitcom Till Death Us Do Part, the ITV sitcom Till Death... and later In Sickness and in Health. , he said, arguing that affirmative action affirmative action, in the United States, programs to overcome the effects of past societal discrimination by allocating jobs and resources to members of specific groups, such as minorities and women. was needed to ensure more black faces both on screen and behind the camera.
"When I started, I was surrounded by a predominantly white workforce. Thirty-two years later, not a lot has changed," he said in a speech to the Royal Television Society.
"How many black British comedians are working on mainstream TV today? One?
Two? Ethnic minorities are pitifully under-served.
"Is there anybody going out to the comedy clubs with their diversity goggles on? Are the researchers casting their net far and wide? This is an area that needs a massive kick up the bum."
Henry, who was born in Dudley, accused drama bosses of leaving out black and Asian faces, singling out period drama.
He said: "By the time Queen Victoria was on the throne, this country had a sizeable black population, so where are they?"
Recalling the days of Till Death Us Do Part This article is about the BBC TV series. For other uses, see Til death.
Till Death Us Do Part (also known as Til Death Us Do Part) was a BBC television sitcom series written by Johnny Speight that ran from 1966 until 1975. and Love Thy Neighbour, Henry told the audience: "TV producers of the 1960s and 1970s missed a great opportunity.
"If they had been more truthful in their observations, who's to say we couldn't have encouraged more young black kids at school or prevented the Brixton riots even?" he added.
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RANT... Lenny Henry has hit out at racism in the TV industry.