Rolf to be hon­oured

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY TV -

Har­ris (pic­tured) will be hon­oured by the Bri­tish Academy of Film and Tele­vi­sion with its high­est award, a fel­low­ship. The 82-yearold broad­caster, mu­si­cian and artist will be recog­nised for his ‘‘out­stand­ing and ex­cep­tional con­tri­bu­tion to tele­vi­sion’’. Aus­tralian Har­ris has been a reg­u­lar fix­ture on TV screens since he signed his first deal with the BBC in 1953. He will re­ceive his fel­low­ship at the Arqiva Bri­tish Academy Tele­vi­sion Awards on May 27 at London’s Royal Fes­ti­val Hall. Pre­vi­ous re­cip­i­ents in­clude Lord Bragg, Richard Cur­tis, Sir David Ja­son and Sir Bruce Forsyth. Suc­ces­sive gen­er­a­tions have grown up with such Har­ris shows as Rolf’s Car­toon Club, Rolf On Art and An­i­mal Hospi­tal. He also en­joyed a mu­si­cal ca­reer with chart hits such as Two Lit­tle Boys and Sun Arise. In 2005, he won a com­mis­sion to paint a por­trait of the Queen by the BBC to cel­e­brate her 80th birth­day.

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