Actor and comedian, Steve Coogan, has paid tribute to the "incredibly funny" Caroline Aherne who has died aged 52.
The 50-year-old spoke of how he first met the comedian when she was a secretary at the BBC looking to appear on the television.
The actor paid tribute to his friend who he said would leave him crying with laughter.
"She was a grounded, decent person," he said, adding: "I'll miss her terribly".
Tonight's Bifa ceremony could be a triumph for Philomena with its stars, Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, both in the running to pick up gongs.
The pair are shortlisted for the Best Actress and Best Actor awards.
The film, which tells the true story of Philomena Lee's search for the son she was forced to give up for adoption in 1950s Ireland, is also in the running for Best Film.
Julie Walters will be recognised for her outstanding contribution to the UK film industry at an awards ceremony tonight celebrating the best in independent British cinema.
The 63-year-old actress, star of Educating Rita and the Harry Potter films, will accept the Richard Harris Award at the British Independent Film Awards (Bifas) in central London.
Previous winners include John Hurt, Daniel Day-Lewis and Helena Bonham Carter.
Tonight's ceremony could be a triumph for Philomena with its stars, Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, both in the running to pick up gongs.
Steve Coogan has won the BAFTA Award for male performance in comedy for his role as Alan Partridge in Welcome to the Places of My Life.
Paul Raymond was the so-called King of Soho - a man who built an empire on what's politely termed "adult entertainment" and earned a fortune, making him the richest man in Britain.
A film about his life - called "The Look of Love" - premieres tonight in Soho, with Steve Coogan playing the role of Raymond.
He's been speaking to Lucrezia Millarini.
The trailer for the new Alan Partridge film has been released, revealing the title of the big screen debut for Steve Coogan's long-running Norwich radio DJ to be Alpha Papa.
The one minute and 46 second promo sees Partridge workshopping the potential titles for his adventure "in a siege at a radio station". The film will be released on August 7.
Filming has begun on an Alan Partridge movie scheduled for a summer 2013 cinema release.
The mayor of Sheringham, Norfolk, confirmed that the seaside town would be the setting for a number of scenes in the film.
Directed by Declan Lowney, also responsible for Alan Partridge On Open Books and Father Ted, the movie is a joint production by BBC Films, BFI Film Fund and StudioCanal.
Comedian Steve Coogan will stand trial today over a speeding offence which could see him banned from the road.
The 46-year-old is accused of failing to tell police who was driving his car when it was caught doing more than 30mph in Kingsway, Hove, East Sussex, last year.
In May, Coogan, who lives in Ovingdean, Brighton, entered not guilty pleas through his solicitor Andrew Bishop to speeding and failing to notify police who was driving his Range Rover.
If convicted, he could receive six points on his licence, which is expected to take him over the 12-point threshold for disqualification.