Comedy writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson are to be honoured with a Bafta fellowship at this year’s ceremony.
The duo, who created Hancock’s Half Hour and Steptoe and Son, are credited as “the trailblazers of the situation comedy format”.
They were awarded OBEs in 2000 and will receive their Fellowship at the annual Bafta television awards on 8 May.
Alan Simpson said they were “extremely delighted” to receive the Fellowship in honour of their 60 year career.
“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,” he said.
Ray Galton added that they were “happy and honoured” to accept the 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”.