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The comedy writing duo behind Steptoe And Son and Hancock’s Half Hour will be honoured with a Bafta...

Bafta Fellowship for creators of comedy classics Steptoe and Son and Hancock's Half Hour

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The comedy writing duo behind Steptoe And Son and Hancock’s Half Hour will be honoured with a Bafta Fellowship at the awards on Sunday.

Ray Galton OBE and Alan Simpson OBE will follow in the footsteps of Michael Palin, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, David Attenborough and Julie Walters.

They are to receive the highest accolade offered by Bafta in recognition of their “outstanding and exceptional” contribution to television in a career spanning 60 years.

Ray said: “We are happy and honoured to accept this award on behalf of all the Blood Donors, Test Pilots, Radio Hams and Rag and Bone Men of the 20th Century without whom we would probably be out of a job. Thank you all.”

Alan added: “We always wanted a Fellowship, even though we did not know what a Fellowship was. Not the sort of thing one associates with a couple of Cockney lads, apart from Alfred Hitchcock, of course.”

Bafta chairwoman Anne Morrison praised the pair as “trailblazers of the situation comedy format”.
They met in 1948 while both recuperating from tuberculosis and got their break in comedy writing with the popular series Hancock’s Half-Hour, which aired on the BBC from 1954 to 1960.

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