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Danny and the Human Zoo

Drama giving a fictionalised account of Lenny Henry's life as a teenager in 1970s Dudley, following a talented impressionist and his rise to fame as a stand-up comedian.

Danny and the Human Zoo is a fictionalised account of Lenny Henry's life as a teenager in 1970s Dudley. The story centres on Danny Fearon, a talented impressionist, and his working-class Jamaican family, as he rises to fame as a stand-up comedian.

When Danny wins a local talent competition, he soon finds himself working the comedy circuit. Audiences can't get enough and applaud Danny as he effortlessly morphs into Mohammed Ali, Tommy Cooper and Frank Spencer, eventually hitting the big time on TV. But an unscrupulous agent takes advantage of Danny and forces him to star in The Black and White Minstrel Show. Danny hits rock bottom. Having made his name by becoming other people, Danny has to save himself by finding out who he really is.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Mon 31 Aug 2015 21:00


Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Millie Small

    My Boy Lollipop

  • Alice Cooper

    Schools Out

  • Mud

    Tiger Feet

  • Duane Eddy & The Rebels

    Movin' n' Groovin'

  • David Bowie

    The Jean Genie

  • Stevie Wonder


  • Curtis Mayfield

    Move On Up

  • David Bowie

    Rebel Rebel

  • Shirley & Company

    Shame Shame Shame

  • Van McCoy

    The Hustle

  • Engelbert Humperdinck

    Release Me

  • Louis Jordan

    Jack You're Dead

  • James Brown

    Get Up

  • Otis Redding


  • The Funk Brothers

    Home Cookin'

  • Engelbert Humperdinck

    Quando Quando Quando

  • Alvin Stardust

    My Coo Ca Choo

  • Louis Prima

    Jump Jive & Wail

  • Nicky Thomas

    God Bless the Children

  • Stranger Cole


  • Stevie Wonder

    I Wish


Role Contributor
Danny Kascion Franklin
Myrtle Cecilia Noble
Samson Lenny Henry
Larrington Peter Bankole
Lamont Brenton Hamilton
Dee Dee Cherrelle Skeete
Pearl Natasha Gordon
Cherry Leonie Elliot
Terry Michael Crump
Bern Reis Bruce
Georgie Lee Hodge
Skinner Bailey Jack Loxton
Mrs Patterson Tonia Daley-Campbell
Barry Carter Oliver Phelps
Brian Carter James Phelps
Bridget Evanna Lynch
Jonesy Arthur Darvill
Ellis Richard Boland
Syd Bolton Mark Benton
Judge 1 John Yapp
Judge 2 Peter Terry
ASM Adam Fray
Photographer Daniel Holden
Valda Graham Marlene McKenzie
Girl in Pub Victoria Pritchard
Foreman Laurence Inman
Francis Riordan Quinn Patrick
Majella Riordan Tina Harris
Calvin Gayle Danny Sapani
Palladium Compere David Knopov
James Broughton Richard Wilson
Julie Dayna Bateman
Tracie Anna Piper
Stunt coordinator Jo McLaren
Stunt coordinator Andy Smart
Director Destiny Ekaragha
Producer Juliet Charlesworth
Writer Lenny Henry
Executive Producer Nicola Shindler
Executive Producer Caroline Hollick
Executive Producer Polly Hill
Production Company Red Production Company


Meet the Characters

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