BAFTAs to honour Dick Van Dyke

Legendary US performer Dick Van Dyke will be honoured with a BAFTA in recognition of his seven-decade career in television.

The Britannia Award For Excellence In Television will be presented to the 91-year-old actor at the 2017 AMD British Academy Britannia Awards by BAFTA Los Angeles in October.

His TV credits include The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961- 1966), The New Dick Van Dyke Show (1971 – 1974), The Carol Burnett Show (1977), The Van Dyke Show (1988), and Diagnosis: Murder (1993 – 2001).

‘” appreciate this opportunity to apologise to the members of BAFTA for inflicting on them the most atrocious Cockney accent in the history of cinema,” he joked.

CEO of BAFTA Los Angeles Chantal Rickards said: ‘We are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to honour the iconic Dick Van Dyke at this year’s British Academy Britannia Awards.

“We truly are in a golden age of television and we couldn’t think of a better way to recognise this than by celebrating someone who was at the forefront of making it the global medium that it has become.

“We look forward to his acceptance speech in whatever accent he chooses on the night. We have no doubt it will be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!”

Source: SKY News

 

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