After almost 50 years in the commentary box, people endlessly ask Henry, how he can live without it? He says, “I am lucky because I have never had the slightest problem. Luckily, I have always been someone who deals with tomorrow rather than yesterday”. He was lucky to have been born with the sort of voice which has also brought him into the voiceover market. His distinctive tones could make him just the man and the voice for your next commercial. His Red Bull – Sticky Wicket commercial has run for many years.
His commentary days were terrific, but now they are over there are so many new and exciting things to do. In recent years, Henry spent a lot of time in the theatre doing one-man and two-man shows. He did three terrific tours with that wonderful England bowler, Graeme Swann, who is unbelievably funny.
Reality TV has also raised its head, the publishing world is still trying to get him to write the odd book and then there are all those after dinner speeches. What with all the other bits and pieces such as TV game shows, Henry is not only pretty busy, he is also having a wild time.
Henry credits appearing in a recent series of The Real Marigold Hotel as the most amusing thing of all that he has done in the last couple of years. Along with his fellow travellers he was in India, just about his favourite country, for three weeks; two in Pondicherry in the south, and then a week in Rishikesh in the Himalayan foothills. Bond girl, Britt Ekland, fashion designer, Zandra Rhodes, singer, Barbara Dickson and Paul Chuckle, the surviving Chuckle brother were four of the others. They had a fascinating time in two places the well-travelled Henry had never been to before.
Henry is often asked if appearing on stage is very different from commentating. The answer is yes, it is hugely different when you can actually see and hear the audience in front of you. But the great thing is that in both, a good laugh is a good laugh. Henry loves to make people laugh and, fingers crossed, it usually works.
He admits he does miss cricket, but not as much as he thought he would. He is too busy! On reflection he does quite often relish the thought of having been on the air at the very end of that incredible Test at Headingley in 1981. That was when Bob Willis bowled Ray Bright and England won by 18 runs after Ian Botham’s amazing 149 not out.
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