Archive for March, 2014

Lenny Splashes Down In Brum

With the TV Pilot of Rudy’s Rare Records just over halfway through their week long shoot in Birmingham they have created a fair amount of excitement down by the canal today with plenty of Twitter users spotting Lenny Henry in his cycling gear filming a scene for the show.

Lenny did tip us off earlier today that there would be some bike action and warned us to look out

Just before 11am attendees of the Jisc Digital Festival at the ICC were distracted by the sight of Lenny Henry in a bright orange cycling shirt, with the added protection of a cycle helmet, going through a number of carefully choreographed routines that suggested he was riding a bike down some steps, before being replaced by a stunt double for the real ride down the steps towards the canal.

Other passers by managed to snap Lenny as he was kept warm by the crew between shots

It all ended up a little wet and soggy for the star of the show as he got a close look at the bottom of the Birmingham canal just outside Brindleyplace, which was probably long overdue soaking for the former TISWAS star who dished out more than his fair share of water punishment during his time on the Saturday morning show.

NOTE: For those concerned I can confirm that no Lenny’s were harmed during the filming of this scene.

Update – Friday 14th March

The trucks have moved out and it looks like filming in the temporary film studios, close to the former ATV studios off Broad Street have completed, however, Lenny has been spotted out on Fulham Road, Sparkbrook, once again in his cycling gear, so it’s a good job he’s recently shed nearly three stone in a health related diet.

It seems the cycling story will feature quite heavily in the TV pilot episode but alas it appears it will never be seen. According to comedy news website Chortle, the pilot episode is not-for-broadcast, so we can only hope it’s a success and a full series gets the green light.  It would be great to see Lenny filming a full series in the Midlands and with Rudy’s and Danny and the Human Zoo both looking likely it does seem he will be back in the near future…and it seems he’s enjoyed his return too

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BBC Pilot Starts Shooting in Birmingham

The latest BBC show to use Birmingham for its base is a new TV Pilot for the successful BBC Radio Four series ‘Rudy’s Rare Records‘.  After four successful series of the radio show, writer Danny Robins has created a script for a pilot TV episode for the BBC and with it brings one of the stars of the radio series, Lenny Henry, back to where it all started.

The radio show tells the story of Rudy Sharpe (Larrington Walker) and his old reggae record shop in Birmingham. Lenny Henry plays Adam, Rudy’s son, and he is forced to move in with his father in a flat above the old record shop. With the plots centred around the record shop, which boasts “if we don’t have it – them don’t mek it”, and the chaos vs. calm, father and son relationship of the main characters it seems it will translate well to the small screen, however, it does seem to have taken a while to get to the TV pilot stage, so nothing is certain yet for a full series.

Broadcast Now first reported of a transfer to TV of Rudy’s Rare Records back in April 2010, about the same time reports of Adil Ray’s Mr Khan making the same switch from his Asian Network radio show, and we all know which one of those came off first.  The Daily Mail also reported the same story, quoting the previous success of Miranda, which started out on Radio Four as ‘Miranda Hart’s Joke Shop’.

However it now seems that four years on, the radio show has moved a step closer to BBC TV series as a number of large Film and TV trucks rolled into Birmingham on Sunday 9th March to start a one week shoot on a pilot episode.

Lenny Henry tweeted on 7th March to confirm that the show begins shooting this week, although I would imagine that the majority of the action will take place inside the shop of flat we may still see some filming on the streets of Birmingham if the full series gets the go ahead.

You can hear clips of the Radio Four series on the Rudy’s Rare Records BBC website.

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