Character building

Lenny unveils new comic creations

Lenny Henry has unveiled some new characters for the next series of his BBC1 sketch show.

A family of animated polar bears, Blaxploitation Pope and deranged African dictator President Umbukele, who defrauds the UN of huge grant settlements, are among the new creations in Lenny Henry In Pieces

Alison Steadman provides the voice of another of the bears, who live in a concrete enclosure in Dudley Zoo and fret about life in captivity, ambition and sex.

The show, which will also feature Lenny's stand-up routines, returns on Friday March 21 at 9pm.

Published: 5 Mar 2003

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