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Brucie's big night at TV awards

21st April 2008

On a night loaded with television talent and famous faces, there was one man who was the real star of the show.

Veteran entertainer Bruce Forsyth was at the Bafta Awards in London to collect a Fellowship, the Academy's highest accolade - and was greeted with a standing ovation which he said was "the most wonderful emotional feeling".

"I'm still shaking a little. It captured a moment that will live with me forever." 

The 80-year-old was back at the Palladium to receive his first Bafta award, the very theatre where he cemented his reputation as a TV host in the early 1960s.

He called it "a place that taught me so much".

"This award came as a surprise because the only other light entertainment performers to have won the Fellowship are Morecambe and Wise and Charlie Chaplin," he said.

Forsyth added that his new-found success with Strictly Come Dancing had led to him being recognised, after being "more or less dead and buried".

The performer scotched rumours that he is bowing out of the ballroom dancing show - and shows no signs of resting on his laurels.

Another veteran who walked off with a first Bafta award was Cranford actress Dame Eileen Atkins, beating co-star Dame Judi Dench to the best actress prize.

But it was a much older man who captured the hearts of this year's Bafta TV awards and worked the crowd with flair - it was without doubt Bruce's night.

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