• Show TV Channels

    Hide TV Channels

  • Show Radio Channels

    Hide Radio Channels

  • Show Years

    Hide Years

  • Issues

Close group

Close group

Coming to America


We have produced a Style Guide to help editors follow a standard format when editing a listing. If you are unsure how best to edit this programme please take a moment to read it.
Romantic comedy starring Eddie Murphy
Arsenio Hall
Prince Akeem of Zamunda has a problem. He's enormously rich, incredibly powerful and his dad has arranged his marriage. So Akeem travels to New York in search of a woman who will love him for what he is, not his massive fortune.
Director John Landis (1988)
♦ See Films: pages 46-56 ***


Unknown: Eddie Murphy
Unknown: Arsenio Hall
Director: John Landis
Prince Akeem: Eddie Murphy
Clarence: Eddie Murphy
Saul: Eddie Murphy
Randy Watson: Eddie Murphy
Semmi: Arsenio Hall
Morris: Arsenio Hall
Extremety ugly girl: Arsenio Hall
Rev Brown: Arsenio Hall
King Jaffe Joffer: James Earl Jones
Lisa McDowell: Shari Headley
Queen Aoleon: Madge Sinclair
Colonel lzzi: Calvin Lockhart
Cleo McDowell: John Amos
Patrice McDowell: Allison Dean
Darryl Jenks: Eriq La Salle
Mortimer Duke: Don Ameche
Randolph Duke: Ralph Bellamy
Subway lady: Helen Hanft
Oha: Paul Bates
Imani Izzi: Vanessa Bell
Boy at barber's: Cuba Gooding Jr
Sweets: Clint Smith
Stu: Uncle Ray Murphy

Tell us more or contact us

Do you know something about this programme that we have not included above?
Or would you like to ask the Genome team a question?

Tell us more or contact us

About this project

This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

There are more than 5 million programme listings in Genome. This is a historical record of the planned output and the BBC services of any given time. It should be viewed in this context and with the understanding that it reflects the attitudes and standards of its time - not those of today.

Feedback about Coming to America, BBC One London, 21.30, 25 July 1997
Please leave this link here so we can find the programme you're referring to: http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/7fe0c39e93f34a139c0835fa7367e5ab

Welcome to BBC Genome

Genome is a digitised version of the Radio Times from 1923 to 2009 and is made available for internal research purposes only. You will need to obtain the relevant third party permissions for any use, including use in programmes, online etc.

This internal version of Genome, which includes all the magazine covers, images and articles as well as the programme listings from the Radio Times, is different to the version of BBC Genome that is available externally/to the public. It is only available inside the BBC network.

Your use of this version of Genome is covered by the BBC Acceptable Use of Information Systems Policy and these terms.

BBC Guidance

This historical record contains material which some might find offensive
Continue Cancel