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Lenny Henry reveals his 1980s skirmishes with Bernard Manning

  • Lenny Henry never stops. The cheeky boy from Dudley who burst onto our screens at 16 has been at it for nearly 50 years: comedy gigs up and down the country, his own comedy TV show on BBC, founding Comic Relief with Richard Curtis in 1985. The most striking thing about Rising to the Surface, the sequel to his first memoir Who Am I, Again? (2019), is the sheer energy on display. “You can’t just sit around and expect these things to appear and bestow their many gifts on you,” he tells us. “You got