NEW SHOW: Angie Le Mar
THIS FRIDAY sees the start of new chat show Ladies Talk, hosted by the queen of black comedy Angie Le Mar. Similar in format to the ITV show Loose Women, Ladies features leading black women discussing a range of topical issues.
What makes this project particularly interesting is that Angie’s undertaking it as a Christian, as she recently embraced the faith of her youth.
Anyone who’s seen Angie perform live would have occasionally heard her humorous references to her Christian upbringing.
Well, in the past 12 months, Angie has renewed her faith after experiencing a bout of depression and personal angst.
She shared: “I was in a real dark place – I say dark but it was one of those places that I’ve never been before. Everything was fine but yet nothing’s fine. I kinda shut down. I wasn’t interested in doing shows, meetings, friends. The only thing that was making me feel really good was walking my dog and being at peace in the park and when I started gardening.”
The final straw for Angie was when her one woman show, In Her Shoes, was cancelled in October for no reason. Angie’s disappointment caused her to phone her mum in Jamaica for support and prayer. Her mother’s prayers worked because the next day, Angie got a call to say the play was back on, and when she phoned her mum back to share the good news her mother told her to go to church to give God thanks.
That’s how Angie found herself at the New Testament Church of God in Lee, south London, led by a good friend from her youth, Bishop Roy McLeod one October morning.
Whilst listening to the sermon, Angie felt the preacher was talking directly to her during his message, because he made reference to the fact that God needed writers in the church. When the preacher gave the altar call Angie remained fixed in her seat.
However, the preacher stepped back up to the pulpit and announced there’s someone in the crowd who needed to be at the altar. Angie saw that as her cue to recommit her life to God.
That was 12 months ago and Angie is still happily continuing in the faith. She explained: “I didn’t get what they meant when they said God has been my life, God has made me feel good, I never got that. For the first time I understand the peace of mind when you go I surrender, I surrender. The feeling was just like floating.”
She’s also been very busy. She recently finished a stint as a judge on the ‘Time To Shine’ gospel competition. But aside from her Ladies Talk show, she’s set to launch a comedy series The Ryan Sisters on the web and has started writing a gospel musical called Take Me Back.
It is about two young girls who grew up in church, left and returned as adults. The musical mirrors Angie’s life, as well as the increasing numbers of people she’s meeting, who were raised in the church.
Angie sees this as an answer to the prayers many first generation Caribbean parents prayed for when their children were young. And you know what, she may just be right.
Ladies Talk starts broadcasting on Vox Africa (Sky Channel 218) at 12.15 p.m. on November 2. Visit www.angielemar.com for more details.