Not long to wait now until we get to see, the Sir Lenny Henry written drama, Danny and the Human Zoo as it’s scheduled to air late August 2015. If you can’t wait until then you may want to apply for some FREE tickets for a special preview screening in Lenny’s hometown of Dudley on Thursday 20th August as the BBC is giving local audiences an opportunity to be part of the event.
Lenny and co-star Kascion Franklin, together with director, Destiny Ekaragha will be in the town that night for a red carpet screening at the Showcase Cinema in Castlegate, Dudley.
Details of how to register for tickets for this very special evening are now live via the BBC Shows and Tours website, but be quick as the registration period closes at midday on Thursday 13th August 2015.
Written by and starring Lenny Henry, Danny and the Human Zoo is the fictionalised account of his life as a talented teenager in 1970s Dudley. It follows the rise to fame of the character Danny (played by Kascion Franklin) growing up in a first-generation Jamaican family, as he tries to make it as a stand-up comedian.
As some of the drama was filmed in and around Dudley, the BBC are distributing tickets via a random draw with 50% of tickets going to Dudley postcodes, giving locals the opportunity to see their town being featured in the drama.
Joe Godwin, Director, BBC Birmingham says: “We’re really pleased to be holding the screening of Danny & The Human Zoo in Dudley, providing us the opportunity to give our local audiences a real treat. It’s fantastic to have a major BBC One peak time drama focusing on the West Midlands. We look forward to welcoming Lenny back to his hometown and for the audience to enjoy what promises to be a memorable evening.”
On Monday 10th August a preview screening was held at the Charlotte Street Hotel, London and here are a few audience comments about the show on social media site Instragram;
outtheboxuk said: “We attended the screening of #DannyandTheHumanZoo tonight! Loved every minute of it! Such a real depiction of what it was like to grow up as a black kid in 1970s Dudley! Everything was on point. Can’t wait for you all to see it! Well done @kascion for a great lead role. And to Lenny Henry for a great story and Destiny Ekaragha for directing such a great piece!”
inherweinspire said: “Yesterday I got the chance to see the screening of DannyandTheHumanZoo. The dialogue/writing beautifully and humorously crafted by Lenny Henry. Fantastic acting from lead @kascion. @d_ekaragha17 captured the heart of the script. It was a rollercoaster of emotions full of laughter, intensity and rage. The acting was incredible and the story and characters bought back some childhood memories… It’s a MUST watch once this is released!!!”
nupeoplemaguk said: “Caught Lenny Henry’s ‘Danny And The Human Zoo’ Last night at the press screening. Hilarious and hard hitting at the same time. Will be airing on BBC One soon. Directed by @d_ekaragha17”
oggiemusic said: “My sis @d_ekaragha17 and the #LEGEND @LennyHenry @ the screening of there new film #DannyAndTheHumanZoo a semi-biopic of #lennyhenry ‘s life written by Lenny and directed by my sis #destinyekaragha . I can’t begin to tell you guys what a fantastic film this as well as being hysterical, it is extremely emotional in parts, it’s brilliantly written and directed with an incredible cast, and will air on #BBC1 at the end of the month, don’t miss it!”
and it got rave reviews on Twitter too;
Just seen BBC’s Danny And The Human Zoo, a semi-biopic by @LennyHenry. Brilliant slice of 70s Jamaican life. Funny & moving in equal measure
— Natalie Dye (@NatDTam) August 10, 2015
@Destinyfilms did such a wonderful job of directing Danny & the Human Zoo – congrats to everyone involved, I loved watching it!
— Karen O (@SecretScribbler) August 10, 2015
Danny and The Human Zoo was written by Lenny Henry and directed by Destiny Ekaragha. It was produced for the BBC by RED Production Company and is to be broadcast on BBC ONE this autumn.