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Lenny Henry’s mother once singled out her seven children and gave a tough lecture on modern race relations. “You have to unite,” he said. Or, as Lenny Henry recalled in El Caribe (BBC2): ‘You have to integrate’.
He continued, ‘You have to go to the Dadli people and talk like them, talk to them, eat their food.’
As we know, young Lenny “blended” so successfully that he mastered Frank Spencer prints, a virtually mandatory ingredient in British culture in the 1970s, and eventually became Sir Lenny. But on last night’s show, he wondered how much of the Caribbean culture Britain had absorbed in return. It’s more than you think.
Lenny Henry’s mother once singled out her seven children and gave a tough lecture on modern race relations. “You have to unite,” he said. Or, as Lenny Henry recalled in El Caribe (BBC2): “You have to integrate”
It is true that some did not want to accept immigrants from the West Indies. Lenny recalled a trip to the pub when he was 16: “Within 20 minutes of sitting down, everyone was gone.”
I think it probably wasn’t a protest against youth drinking.
However, Calypso became an important part of the 1960s satire boom and we introduced other styles of Caribbean music. There was a beautiful black-and-white clip by Alan Wicker that said bitterly, “Now, any minute, there’s going to be a brutal SKA explosion.”
Music and fashion were the biggest imports. When young Brits adopted the ska style of short hair and even shorter pants, blacks found it hard to tell whether whites wanted fashion advice or a fight.
According to DJ Trevor Nelson, the real turning point was cricket. When the West Indies defeated England in the hot summer of 1976, his father danced for joy because his people were finally “very good at something”.
According to Halo (C5 and the new streaming service Paramount+), life in 2552 will be terrifying.
A human colony is being massacred by giant reptile robots, and the world is ruled by the Orwellian United Nations. It could be worse: the train people will attack again.
Tony was mostly lively and optimistic, but he really was the thoughtful and thoughtful Lenny Henry of years gone by. I hope he still found pleasure in our laughter.
Less optimistic was yesterday’s episode of the crime drama Suspect (C4).
A good man has art. Father Ronald Knox, a Catholic priest who also wrote detective fiction, first laid down certain rules in 1929. He was particularly adamant on one issue: “Someone must have been mentioned early in the story as a criminal.”
The suspect strictly adhered to this rule. The killer of Detective Danny Frater’s estranged daughter Christina became known last night as Jackie the Pathologist, who had a second line in the first episode. Anyone who has read detective fiction would be skeptical from the start. For one, he was very much on guard in the first episode when Danny (James Nesbit) started asking questions about his body.
From left to right: Sam Hagan, Ann-Marie Duff, Richard E. Grant, Joel Richardson, James Nesbitt, Ben Miller, Antonia Thomas, Sasha Davani and Niamh Algar in Suspicion
Christina, who was involved in drug addiction with a pathologist’s girlfriend Ryan, threatened to expose Jack (Joel Richardson) for faking the aftermath of his death. In a dramatic confrontation at Jack’s apartment, Danny grabbed a kitchen knife and beat him up after discovering the main clue. That reference was to a beautifully folded package that said Jackie was at the scene of the crime.
So the bottom line is this: if you don’t want to be stopped by fraudulent detectives in blatant disregard for police procedure, take your trash home.
When a police car scared Danny away, Christina’s vision told her, “It’s not over yet.” I don’t want to live up to his expectations, but the Danish original of Suspect has moved on to season two.
- Christopher Stevens is gone.
Source: Daily Mail