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BBC to air Andrea Levy documentary tonight

VOICE OF GENERATION: Author Andrea Levy shared Windrush stories with the world

THE BBC will pay tribute to late author Andrea Levy by rebroadcasting an episode of the Imagine series in which her life and work was profiled.

Levy, who chronicled the lives of the Windrush generation through her well-loved novels, died from cancer on Thursday February 14 aged 62.

Imagine part of the BBC’s arts programming, is presented by Alan Yentob.

Speaking of Levy, Yentob said: “Andrea Levy’s writing shone a light on a hugely important but often neglected part of British history. It took years for her to get the recognition she deserved but the legacy she leaves is so precious.

“Andrea was bold and brave, a wonderful storyteller and a profoundly generous person. She was also great fun. It was a privilege to get to know her.”

Andrea Levy: Her Island Story takes viewers on a journey to discover how the renowned and award-winning author became a voice of the Windrush generation, exploring her life and career before her best-selling novel Small Island was published.

Among the contributors to the episode about Levy and her work are Sir Lenny Henry and David Oyelowo, who both starred in TV adaptations of her novels.

Paying tribute to Levy last week on the National Theatre website, Henry, wrote: “She was funny, had attitude and was immensely smart.”

Andrea Levy: Her Island Story first aired in 2018. It will be repeated on BBC One at 10.45pm tonight (February 18).

Helen Edmundson’s adaptation of Levy’s novel The Last Song will be staged at The National Theatre this April.

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