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Free Preview Screening – Danny and the Human Zoo

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;

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.

Follow @BBCBhamPR and #dannyandthehumanzoo for information and updates.


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WPC 56 – Series One

A new Birmingham based five part BBC daytime drama first aired between Monday 18th March and Friday 22nd March 2013.

With series three due to start on Monday 9th March 2015, the BBC are repeating series one, followed by series two the following week, from Monday 23rd February 2015.

WPC 56 was set in fictional Brinford Police Station, just outside Birmingham and was filmed on location in Birmingham and locations around the wider West Midlands.

Set in 1956 it starred 23 year old Jennie Jacques as WPC Gina Dawson, the first policewoman to arrive at the headquarters of the Midlands Constabulary, who faces bullying and sexism in the 1950s male dominated workplace. Certainly ‘grittier than Heartbeat’ the daring daytime plots featured murder, rape and child abuse which will no doubt raise some eyebrows, however, Will Trotter, Head of drama at BBC Birmingham, is hopeful the show may get a Sunday afternoon repeat due to it’s nostalgic themes.

The interior of the 1950s station were filmed in a disused building on Vittoria Street in Birmingham Jewellery Quarter and the Birmingham & Midland Institute on Margaret Street doubled as the exterior of the station. The Anchor Inn on Bradford Street near Digbeth features in a scene in Episode 2.

Other West Midlands locations include the Black Country Living Museum (also seen recently in the BBC2 drama Dancing on the Edge), Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham Town Hall, Victoria Law Courts, the Electric Cinema and Dudley Zoo.

Check out some of the locations used on the WPC 56 Locations Page.

WPC 56 aired on Monday 18th March on BBC1 at 2.15pm Jennie Jacques stars in new BBC1 crime drama WPC 56. Picture BBC/Gary Moyes

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Dancing on the Edge – February 2013 Air Date?

I don’t normally get too enamoured about 1930s Jazz Band stories, however, I was very excited to see the BBC trailer for the Stephen Poliakoff period drama Dancing on The Edge this evening.

I’ve been waiting to see this drama series since spotting the film crews at the Grand Hotel on Colmore Row, Birmingham back in January 2012.  They also used the Council House banqueting suite (doubling as a period hotel) during their stay in Birmingham and had their production base at the old Birmingham Municipal Bank (former Lloyds TSB) on Broad Street. With scenes also filmed at the Black Country Museum in Dudley there should be quite a bit of Midlands location spotting opportunities to be had in this stylish 1930s TV treat.

The trailer and further details of the show can be found on The Cultbox website and February (see Twitter tip-off below) can’t arrive too soon.

Angel Coulby in Dancing on the Edge

The Louis Lester Band in Dancing on the Edge (starring Angel Coulby) – Picture from BBC Images (Source linked)

Radio Times feature with a lot more images, many in and around Birmingham


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