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Lenny Henry: In Pieces [DVD] [2000]

Aaron Shosanya , Alison Steadman    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Aaron Shosanya, Alison Steadman, Daniel Appleby, Louise Delamere, Steve Furst
  • Writers: Martin Trenaman, Matt Owen
  • Producers: John McHugh, Peter Bennett-Jones
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Wmv
  • DVD Release Date: 13 May 2002
  • Run Time: 222 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006420R
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,494 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



After some years making a name for himself as a serious actor and television presenter, Lenny Henry in Pieces sees the comedian return to the world of the TV sketch show. Having always struggled to find a suitable format for his comedy (remember Delbert Wilkins?), Henry has this time settled on a fairly frantic style, with mixed results. The best bits, as has often been the case with his material, come when he draws on the rich vein of West Indian humour, particularly the more mature characters. When he heads more for the middle of the road, however, Henry starts to falter. The movie pastiches are largely uninspired, ironically coming across as little more than cast offs from French and Saunders, and the show is lacking in the energy that so infuses Henry's stand up routines.

There certainly are some good characters (Weekend Dad and the homo-erotic trawlermen Pete and Steve especially) but after a while the lack of variety in even these creations becomes frustrating. Such repetition works in the superior ensemble piece of The Fast Show, but this falls flat over the course of the eight episodes. Looks like Lenny Henry might need to go back to the drawing board.

On the DVD: Lenny Henry in Pieces has a running time of nearly four hours, so the lack of extras may be understandable but is no less disappointing. The interactive menu is handy for skipping through some of the less engaging moments but is not detailed enough to help pinpoint specific scenes. The audio and picture quality is good enough television quality. Additional material is limited to 14 minutes of cringingly unfunny out-takes, further proof (if it were needed) that watching someone forget their lines over and over again does not necessarily mean great comedy. --Phil Udell

Product Description

The complete television series of Lenny Henry in character-based sketches. Includes the West Indian pensioner Donovan Bogarde with only one thing on his mind, Weekend Dad... and a host of cinematic spoofs such as The Playtrix, and Billy Idiot.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Wicked! 10 July 2004
If your a fan of Lenny Henry like me then this is for you. The DVD features all eight episodes of the "In Pieces" series which was on BBC a couple of years ago they all are funny. Its worth buying the DVD just to see the Uncle Lucas ('I remember you...') Psychiatrist sketch. There is not many extras (Only about 15 minutes of out takes) but it still is a heavy DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lenny Henry In Pieces 9 Dec 2010
Format:VHS Tape
I thought that this show was fantastic, all of the cast played the parts really well, and all scenes were funny and well acted out. I think this is one of the best sketch shows I have seen in a long time, and if you're a fan of Lenny Henry, then you will love this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very very funny 27 April 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a very, very funny set of Lenny Henry sketches, I love "is it because I'm black..." sketches. Get some tissues and prepare to cry with laughter!! The farting ones are good too.....typical British bum level humour.
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