Cilla Black To Receive Special Bafta Award
Singer and presenter Cilla Black is to be honoured at this year's TV Baftas in recognition of her contribution to entertainment during her 50-year career.
As well as enjoying a successful pop career, she is best known for hosting television shows Blind Date and Surprise Surprise.
The 70-year-old said: "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."
Black, who was friends with The Beatles and was signed by their manager Brian Epstein, had two number ones in 1964 - Anyone Who Had A Heart and You're My World.
She will collect the gong during the awards ceremony at the Theatre Royal in London on May 18.
Previous recipients of the accolade include Simon Cowell, Jon Snow, Murray Walker and Jeremy Paxman.
Andrew Newman, chairman of Bafta's television committee, said: "From hosting her own show for the BBC in '68 to defining ITV entertainment throughout the '80s and '90s, Cilla has been an extremely popular and hugely influential entertainer throughout her long career in television."