BBC Radio 4 Imagination

The fourth instalment in this acclaimed, occasional series in which acclaimed, occasional writer Henry Normal uses poetry, stories and comedy to tackle those subjects so big only radio can possibly contain them.

In this new episode Henry looks at imagination, perception and how we express ourselves through art and creativity.

From the first cave paintings through to Henry’s own experiences of creating, writing and producing some of Britain’s best loved comedies over the years, Henry explores the wonders of the human imagination.

Henry Normal is a multi-award winning writer, producer and poet. Co-writer of award winning television programmes such as The Royle Family, The Mrs Merton Show, Coogan’s Run and Paul Calf, and producer of, amongst many others, Oscar-nominated Philomena, Gavin and Stacey and Alan Partridge.

He has published several volumes of poetry, including Travelling Second Class Through Hope, Staring Directly at the Eclipse and his new volume, Raining Upwards. And his memoir, A Normal Family: Everyday adventures with our autistic son.

Praise for previous episodes – ‘A Normal Family’, ‘A Normal Life’ and ‘A Normal Love’:

“It’s a rare and lovely thing: half an hour of radio that stops you short, gently demands your attention and then wipes your tears away while you have to have a little sit down.”

“It’s a real treat to hear a seasoned professional like Henry taking command of this evening comedy spot to deliver a show that’s idiosyncratic and effortlessly funny.”

“Not heard anything that jumps from hilarious to moving in such an intelligent, subtle way as Henry Normal’s show.”.

BBC Radio 4 A Normal Family

After twenty years away from poetry, during which he co-wrote The Royle Family and produced Gavin & Stacey, amongst others, Henry Normal returns to Radio 4 for a comic and poetic look at his family life.

A Normal Family is centred around Henry’s son, Johnny, who was diagnosed with “mildly severe” autism. Through stand-up and poetry, Henry explores what this means for Johnny, for himself, and for his wife, Angela.

Recorded in front of a live audience in Henry’s hometown of Brighton, the show paints just one portrait of life with autism; there are many versions of it, and this is Johnny’s.

Written and performed by … Henry Normal
Produced by … Ed Morrish
A BBC Studios Production.

BBC Radio 4 A Normal Life

Part two in an occasional series in which Henry Normal uses poetry, storytelling and comedy to explore life’s big questions.

Last year Henry brought us his acclaimed show – ‘A Normal Family’, which centred around his son, Johnny, who was diagnosed with “mildly severe” autism. In this profound, funny and moving show, Henry explored what this meant for his family.

This time Henry brings us his new show, ‘A Normal Life’. Drawing on his experiences bringing up a child with autism, Henry investigates where edges are, and how we are connected. As well as his trademark humour, the show tackles the subjects of life, death, loneliness, loss, human frailty and other classic conversation stoppers.

Written and performed by – Henry Normal
Producer – Carl Cooper
Production Coordinator – Steve Lanham
This is a BBC Studios Production.

BBC Radio 4 A Normal Love

Part three in an occasional series in which the occasional writer Henry Normal uses poetry, storytelling and comedy to tackle those subjects so big only radio can possibly contain them.
Last year Henry brought us his acclaimed show – ‘A Normal Life’, which was awarded a Silver ARIA for Best Comedy / Entertainment production at the 2017 Radio Academy Awards.
This time Henry returns with his new show for Valentine’s Day – ‘A Normal Love’, exploring love, romance and other unreasonable expectations.

Written and performed by – Henry Normal
Producer – Carl Cooper
This is a BBC Studios Production.