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BBC1: Lenny Henry The Commonwealth Kid

BBC One in April, sees this special film follow Dudley born, Jamaica bred Sir Lenny Henry as he examines the deep-rooted relationship between Britain, the Commonwealth and its 2.3 billion people.

Fascinated with his own heritage and the Commonwealth, Lenny considers himself a Commonwealth Kid, born to Jamaican parents who came to the UK as part of the post-Windrush generation in 1957. It’s an issue close to his heart and a subject he feels deeply passionate about.

Lenny says: “I’m delighted and excited to revisit where my parents grew up and explore things I don’t know about Jamaica and the Bahamas especially in the context of the Commonwealth.”

In this hour-long film, Lenny will set off on a tour of the Caribbean visiting the Bahamas and his homeplace of Jamaica to hear what the Commonwealth means to the people who actually reside there. In this funny and fascinating journey into the body, mind and soul of the Caribbean, Lenny will investigate the experiences of those who live so far from the UK, but remain members of this vast and populous club.

From street vendors to government officials and teachers to students, he will examine the special bond that exists between the people of the Caribbean and the UK, a microcosm of the wider relationship between all of the people of the Commonwealth.

Lenny Henry: The Commonwealth Kid (1×60′) is a Burning Bright Productions and Douglas Road Productions for BBC One.

It is expected to air on BBC One at 9pm on Monday 2 April

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