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TV BAFTAs to honour broadcaster Clive James

Clive James' broadcasting career will be honoured at the TV Bafta awards. Credit: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton

The career of broadcaster and TV critic Clive James will be celebrated at tonight's TV Bafta awards.

The audience at the event in Drury Lane in London will see a short-film of his career which includes travel documentaries, landmark series looking at some of the stranger aspects of foreign TV and his stint as the television critic of The Observer.

Comic Charlie Brooker will lead the tributes and the film will also include footage of James receiving his Bafta Special Award earlier this year.

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

He was diagnosed with terminal cancer five years ago but has continued to work, joking in a recent interview that "the end is nigh, but not that nigh".

Channel 4 News journalist Jon Snow will be honoured with a Bafta fellowship which is the highest accolade given for "outstanding and exceptional contribution" to the film, television and games industry

Clive James' future 'much less doom-laden than BBC interview sounds'

Clive James's spokeswoman has released a statement saying that he is in reasonable shape and looking forward to years of working.

The statement said:

On air today the interview which Clive James gave to the BBC sounded much less doom-laden than it does when transcribed.

Clive is in fact in reasonable shape and is looking forward to years of working, writing his books and his column for the Telegraph.


Clive James: 'I'm getting near the end'

Clive James says he is "getting near the end" of his life Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Listen to a clip of Clive James speaking to BBC Radio 4 about his terminal illness here. The Aussie broadcaster told the programme, "I'm getting near the end. I don't want to cast an air of doom over the programme, but I am a man reaching his terminus."

'Meeting Myself Coming Back' will be broadcast on Saturday 23rd June at 20.00pm on BBC Radio 4.


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