Cilla Black to receive special BAFTA

Published Thursday, 08 May 2014
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Veteran entertainer Cilla Black is set to receive the Special Award at the upcoming British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) TV Awards, in recognition of her 50-year career.

Cilla Black to receive special BAFTA

The 1960s singer-turned-TV host will be feted at the annual ceremony in London on 18 May.

Cilla Black says: "I am thrilled to be honoured with this award - I am totally delighted. I've been very fortunate to have a long and full career in television and this means the world to me."

The 70-year-old's first claim to fame was her 1964 number one hits Anyone Who Had a Heart and You're My World. She then went on to present her own primetime series in 1968, before hosting popular shows Blind Date and Surprise Surprise in the 1980s and 1990s.

Previous recipients of the BAFTA Special Award include Simon Cowell, journalist Jon Snow, and Formula One commentator Murray Walker.

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