BRUCE Forsyth has been a TV constant in many of our lives.
Most of us grew up with him in a corner of the room, as the ultimate television entertainer.
So it’s good to be able to report the news just released by BAFTA that Bruce is to be presented with the Academy Fellowship at Sunday’s TV awards.
Something of a full circle for the man who first shot to fame as the host of Sunday Night At The London Palladium.
That’s the time and the stage where the award will be presented by Paul Merton.
A Gift of the Council of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by the Academy.
It is presented in recognition of “an outstanding body of work”.
That includes, of course, The Generation Game, Strictly Come Dancing and his masterful command of Play Your Cards Right.
Sometimes it’s a mistake to meet your heroes, as they can disappoint.
But Bruce, who turned 80 this year, has always been a joy to interview.
John Willis, chair of the Academy’s TV Committee, said: “Bruce Forsyth has been keeping viewers of all ages entertained for decades.
“He is the ultimate all round entertainer.
“Just after his 80th birthday is the perfect time for BAFTA to recognise his huge contribution to popular television by awarding Bruce a very well deserved Fellowship.”
Previous recipients include Ken Loach, Richard Curtis and Sir Anthony Hopkins.
I think you can guarantee there won’t be a dry eye in the house on Sunday evening.
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