Clive James receives special honour at Bafta TV Awards

The broadcaster was celebrated at tonight's Theatre Royal ceremony

Matilda Battersby,Robert de
Monday 11 May 2015 09:38
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The seriously ill broadcaster and polymath Clive James was celebrated at Sunday night's Bafta TV Awards.

Charlie Brooker introduced a short film of James's career at the event in London's Covent Garden. His CV includes travel documentaries, a landmark series looking at some of the stranger aspects of foreign TV and a stint as the television critic of The Observer.

He is also a critically acclaimed poet and his series of memoirs tracking his travels from Australia to Fleet Street fame were best-sellers.

Sydney-born James, 75, was diagnosed with terminal cancer five years ago but has continued to work, joking in a recent interview - and following a widely reported hoax that he had died – that "the end is nigh, but not that nigh".

Tonight's awards ceremony also saw Channel 4 News journalist Jon Snow given the Fellowship, the highest accolade the Bafta Academy can bestow.

Marvellous and The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies emerged as the big winners, picking up two awards each, while Georgina Campbell and Jason Watkins won the Leading Actress and Actor prizes for Murdered By My Boyfriend and The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies respectively.

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