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Lenny Henry: There are too few TV minorities

By Staff Reporter

Published 25/08/2015

New show: Lenny Henry
New show: Lenny Henry

Lenny Henry has called for more black, Asian and ethnic minority people on screen and in writing, producing and directing.

The 57-year-old told the Radio Times it was not a matter of getting another non-white person "on Coronation Street on EastEnders", but about hearing different perspectives on life.

The comedian and actor was speaking ahead of the screening of his new show, Danny and the Human Zoo - the first TV drama he has written. The BBC one-off draws from Henry's childhood and is set in a Jamaican household in Birmingham in the 1960s.

He said the show gave him the chance to have conversations with his on-screen son that never happened with his own father because "my dad never had them with me".

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