Date: 6th February 2009

Gilliam to get Bafta fellowship

Former Monty Python star Terry Gilliam will be given a Bafta Fellowship during Sunday's awards show, in recognition of his contribution to film.

The award is the most prestigious prize given out by the British Academy of Film and Television.

Gilliam, whose films include Time Bandits and 12 Monkeys told the BBC the announcement was "quite a surprise".

He added: "Awards and honours I've kind of shied away from, but this one I'm happy to take."

Bafta's Finola Dwyer described Gilliam as "one of the most original, imaginative and innovative directors working in the industry today".

Source: Press Release