BBC Studioworks is to provide studio and technical services for BBC One’s The Lenny Henry Birthday Show

July 2018: Produced by BBC Studios in association with Douglas Road, the one-hour special hosted by Sir Trevor McDonald, will see Sir Lenny Henry take a light-hearted look back on his career and will include archive footage spanning four decades of entertainment, as well as new sketches.

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Sir Lenny Henry

The show will record in BBC Studioworks’ 10.800 sq. ft. Studio TC1 on Monday 30 July and will utilise the 600-seater configurable rostra for its live audience.

BBC Studioworks has also facilitated a number of VTs for inclusion in the show which have been pre-recorded onsite at Television Centre.

The production will use a five-camera configuration and Studioworks’ EVS tapeless recording system to capture the programme. The lighting will consist of a mixture of moving heads, LED fixtures, tungsten dual source and an iris rig.

“Sir Lenny Henry is an icon of British comedy and we’re delighted to be facilitating this one-off special at Television Centre, said Meryl McLaren, Commercial Manager, BBC Studioworks. “The studio location couldn’t be more fitting for someone who has such a connection with this building.”

The special, which has been commissioned to coincide with the comedian and actor turning 60, will air on BBC One in August.

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