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Friday, 16 November, 2001, 18:38 GMT
Norton up for comedy awards
Television presenter Graham Norton has been nominated for two trophies at the British Comedy Awards.

The late-night chat show host, who has won two Baftas this year, is up for Best Comedy Entertainment Personality.

Norton will battle TV and radio presenter Jonathan Ross, who will be hosting the show, and comedian Frank Skinner to retain the title.

His Channel 4 show, So Graham Norton, is up for the Best Comedy Entertainment Programme award against BBC One's Have I Got News For You and ITV1's Frank Skinner Show.

Doctorate for music producer Waterman

Pop mogul Pete Waterman has been awarded a university doctorate for services to the music industry.

He was given the honour by Coventry University at a ceremony at the city's cathedral.

Waterman, currently one of the judges on ITV1's Pop Idol, has been behind 21 UK number one singles, including those in Kylie Minogue's early career.

"I was very surprised and honoured to be given this award and, as a lifelong Coventrian, to be acknowledged in my home town makes me very proud," he said.

Foreign press honours Harrison Ford

Actor Harrison Ford is to receive this year's Cecil B De Mille award for achievements in his career at the 59th Golden Globes awards ceremony in Hollywood.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will bestow the trophy on 59-year-old Ford for his "outstanding contribution to the entertainment field" at the event, on 20 January, the group has said.

Al Pacino, Barbra Streisand, Jack Nicholson, Shirley MacLaine, Dustin Hoffman, Sean Connery and Sophia Loren are among past recipients of the award.

The prize was created in memory of the legendary director of The Ten Commandments and Cleopatra.

Brosnan "sexiest man alive"

Actor Pierce Brosnan is the sexiest man alive, according to the US magazine People.

The James Bond star is the 15th man to receive the title, which has been bestowed previously on Brad Pitt, George Clooney and the original Bond, Sean Connery.

The 48-year-old actor admits in the magazine to having had his teeth fixed, but adds: "I have not had any plastic surgery in any shape or form - no implants. And my hair is not dyed."

Also included on the list of sexiest men are cellist Yo-Yo Ma, actor-comedian Ben Stiller and Mexican president Vicente Fox.

Songs of Praise wins special award

The BBC programme Songs of Praise, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, has received a special award to mark its contribution to religious broadcasting over the past four decades.

The Sunday evening favourite, which has broadcast from more than 1,800 places of worship in 20 different countries, was honoured at the annual religious television awards in London.

At the ceremony, which took place at Lambeth Palace, Westminster, broadcasters were told religious programmes had a vital role to play in promoting understanding and tolerance.

The overall winner of the awards, which are organised by the Sandford St Martin Trust, was Channel 4's month-long coverage of the Kumbh Mela festival in India.

Honour for man who inspired Hemingway

The Cuban sea captain who inspired US writer Ernest Hemingway's classic novel The Old Man and the Sea has received an award from an international fishing group.

The writer's niece, Hilary Hemingway, presented the International Game Fish Association's Captain award to 104-year-old Gregorio Fuentes at a Havana yacht marina named after her uncle.

Fuentes captained Hemingway' fishing boat, Pilar, during the years he lived on the Caribbean island.

"I'm delighted. It's a very important prize for my people," the cigar-smoking, though now wheelchair-bound, Fuentes said on being presented with the award.

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