In the four decades that have passed since the inception of Channel 4 – a uniquely British institution tasked with ripping up the rule book – which shows have cemented its name in TV history and which would never see the light of day in 2020? In this series, four iconic faces and some special celebrity contributors take us on a guided tour of all things Channel 4, from live autopsies and award-winning documentaries to Russian roulette with real guns, anarchic live shows and some of the most ground-breaking comedy ever seen. In this episode, Sir Lenny Henry steers us through the 80s. Within a week of Channel 4 launching in November 1982, conservative activist Mary Whitehouse was decrying blasphemy in Brookside, and a certain game show involving word and number tasks made its debut at teatime. The 80s also played host to the channel’s highest-rating transmission ever, cult live music show The Tube, and improv game show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and introduced the now national treasures behind The Comic Strip Presents.
Back To The 80S With Lenny Henry (Ep1/4) Sunday 9pm on Channel 4