Veteran British TV host BRUCE FORSYTH received the highest accolade the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Academy can award at a ceremony in London on Sunday night (20Apr08).
The 80-year-old entertainer was presented with The Fellowship Award in recognition of his "outstanding body of work" at the Bafta Television Awards.
Forsyth joins director Ken Loach, screenwriter/director Richard Curtis, Lawrence of Arabia film editor Anne Coates and Hollywood star Sir Anthony Hopkins among the recipients of the coveted prize.
Upon receiving his award at the glitzy London Palladium prizegiving, Forsyth said, "This is quite overwhelming.
"(British comedy duo) Morecambe and Wise and Charlie Chaplin were the only light entertainment people to get this award before."
Other winners at the annual ceremony included comedian/TV presenter Harry Hill, who won the Best Entertainment Performance and Best Entertainment Programme for his show Harry Hill's TV Burp, and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, who claimed the night's Best Feature honour for cookery show Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares.
Sci-fi drama Heroes won the International Prize and The Street was named Best Drama Series for the second year in a row.
Meanwhile, Dame Eileen Atkins won the battle of the dames - she beat Dame Judi Dench in the Best Actress category for her role in Cranford. Andrew Garfield was named Best Actor for his role in Boy A.