7 Wonder, Douglas Road give Sky Arts the blues

A documentary on UK blues music featuring actor/comedian Lenny Henry has been commissioned by Sky Arts. (Pictured: Henry, left, with Van Morrison)
April 2, 2015

Sky Arts has commissioned a coproduction between actor/comedian Lenny Henry’s Douglas Road Productions and UK indie 7 Wonder, for the three-part documentary series Lenny Henry’s Got The Blues, which will air in summer 2015.

The 3 x 60-minute project, which was ordered by Sky Arts director Phillip Edgar-Jones and head of unscripted Celia Taylor, takes viewers behind the scenes of the recording of Henry’s first blues album, as well as charting Henry’s quest to discover why the UK has struggled to produce black blues artists of international note.

The doc will feature appearances from Van Morrison, Jools Holland and Tinie Tempah, and conclude in an exclusive live performance from Lenny Henry and his Blackacre Road band in London.

Executive-producing the show will be Douglas Road Productions’ Barbara Emile and 7 Wonder’s Chris Wilson   . The three-part doc is the first commission for Douglas Road Productions since its formation in 2014, and the first for Wilson since he was made 7 Wonder’s head of popular factual late last year.

Executive producing for Sky Arts will be Richard Ackerman, while 7 Wonder’s Elizabeth Dobson is the series producer and director.

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