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Benjamin Zephaniah, Life & Rhymes

BAFTA Award-winning spoken word series Life & Rhymes will return to Sky Arts later this year....


Press Release

The Sky Original series, hosted by acclaimed British writer and poet, Professor Benjamin Zephaniah, sees some of the country’s leading spoken word performers and select members of the audience showcase their lyrical creativity on topics such as racism, gender, sexuality and mental health. The first entertainment show of its kind, Life & Rhymes celebrates the art of spoken word and brings it to a mainstream setting.

The first series of Life & Rhymes was filmed during lockdown in front of a live socially distanced audience in South London’s Battersea Park. The second series will return to Battersea Park and will air this autumn.

 Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts and Entertainment, said, “Life and Rhymes is a true original – placing performance poetry on the pedestal it deserves. It’s vibrant and relevant and provides a powerful platform for many voices to be heard, all under the nurturing gaze of Benjamin Zephaniah who’s a God.”

Professor Benjamin Zephaniah [aka "a God" - Ed], added “I'm looking forward to presenting a new series of Life and Rhymes. Giving a platform to people to speak their truth through poetry and the spoken word, is a joy. It's a programme with no ego. It's a programme about people. It's the programme I've waited all my life to present. It's good to be home.”

Life & Rhymes triumphed at the BAFTA Television Awards earlier this month where it won the award for Best Entertainment Programme, beating competition from Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV), Strictly Come Dancing (BBC) and The Masked Singer (ITV).  

 All four half-hour episodes of Life & Rhymes Series 1 are available on Sky Arts and streaming service NOW. 

 The next series of Life & Rhymes will air on Sky Arts, free for everyone to watch on Freeview Channel 11, this autumn. 

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