Monty Python star ‘very proud’ to get award

Malta Independent - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Monty Python’s Terry Jones has re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion at the Bafta Cymru awards for his out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to tele­vi­sion and film.

Jones, of Col­wyn Bay, Conwy, an­nounced last month that he has a se­vere type of de­men­tia.

Fel­low Python star Michael Palin paid tribute to his “most won­der­ful friend” be­fore pre­sent­ing him with the award.

Jones told the crowd to “qui­eten down” be­fore his son told the crowd it was a “great hon­our”.

Ac­cept­ing the ac­co­lade on his fa­ther’s be­half, a tear­ful Bill Jones told the au­di­ence in Cardiff: “It’s a great hon­our for dad. We’re so proud of him... with the strug­gles we’re hav­ing at the mo­ment, it’s been hard.”

Ear­lier in the evening, Hol­ly­wood ac­tor Leonardo DiCaprio paid tribute in a video mes­sage to Os­car-nom­i­nated make-up artist Sian Grigg, who won the Sian Phillips award.

It is given to some­one who has made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to in­ter­na­tional fea­ture films or net­work tele­vi­sion.

Mali Har­ries took the best ac­tress prize for her per­for­mance as Det Insp Mared Rhys in de­tec­tive series Hin­ter­land/YGwyll, which also won best tele­vi­sion drama.

Mark Lewis Jones won the best ac­tor award for the film Yr Ymadaw­iad, which tells story of two young lovers who are saved by a man af­ter crash­ing their car into a ravine in the re­mote moun­tains of Wales.

Hin­ter­land/Y Gwyll pro­duc­er­writer Ed Tal­fan also won the writer award for the film.

Mr Calza­ghe, a doc­u­men­tary film about the ca­reer of Welsh boxer Joe Calza­ghe, won three awards, in­clud­ing spe­cial achieve­ment in a fea­ture/tele­vi­sion film and best fac­tual di­rec­tor for Vaughan Siv­ell.

Will Mil­lard, won the pre­sen­ters award for Hun­ters of the South Seas, which ex­plores the lives of peo­ple of the Coral Tri­an­gle in the West­ern Pa­cific, while Newyd­dion 9, won best news cov­er­age for its pro­gramme Ar­gyfwng y Mud­wyr about the Euro­pean mi­grant cri­sis, and BBC Wales’ Week In Week Out won the cur­rent af­fairs award for its Life Af­ter April pro­gramme.

Mu­sic for Mis­fits: The Story of In­die, which doc­u­ments the devel­op­ment of Bri­tish in­die mu­sic, won the fac­tual series prize.

The award for live out­side broad­cast went to S4C’s Cor Cymru - Y Rownd Derfynol cov­er­age of the Welsh choir fi­nal.

Those at­tend­ing the event, which hon­ours the achieve­ments of Welsh tele­vi­sion and film mak­ers, in­cluded Gotham star Erin Richards, Torch­wood and Vic­to­ria ac­tress Eve Myles and co­me­dian Elis James.

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