TV Producer and writer, responsible for bringing 'Desmond's', Britain's most successful black sitcom
Born in St. Lucia, Worrell came to England at the age of five. As a teenager, he worked with the Albany Theatre in South London, where he wrote and directed his first play, School's Out, in 1980
He was educated at the National Film and Television School, where he took up writing, because there were so few good parts for black actors to play.
In 1984, he won Channel Four Television's "Debut New Writers" with his play Mohicans, which was broadcast as Like a Mohican in 1985
In 1984, he won Channel Four Television's "Debut New Writers" with his play Mohicans, which was broadcast as Like a Mohican in 1985.
In the late 80's, Channel Four was interested in commissioning a new sitcom, and Worrell contacted producer Humphrey Barclay to discuss possible ideas. On his way to the meeting, he saw a barber shop, with three barbers looking out the window ogling the women who walked past. Suddenly he had found his comedy situation
Desmond's was one of Channel Four's most successful programmes, producing seven series in five years, from 1989 to 1994. Through Desmond's, Worrell was able to work through some of the complex issues which are important features of black migrant experiences in Britain that would make sense to both black and white audiences, and to show that black families experience the same joys and problems as white families.