Monday, May 10, 1999 Published at 03:42 GMT 04:42 UK
TV stars honour Jill Dando
Chris Evans presents Michael Parkinson with his own Bafta
The UK television industry has paid tribute to murdered BBC presenter Jill Dando at the annual Bafta TV awards.
Later Parkinson paid tribute to TV's "Golden Girl", who was shot dead outside her home nearly two weeks ago.
He said: "We all remember Jill Dando and we all miss her, no-one more so than I did tonight."
Following her death, it was decided she would not be replaced, and Parkinson fronted the show on his own.
As the stars arrived for the ceremony at London's Grosvenor House, some reflected on the tragedy.
Brookside actor Michael Starke, who plays Sinbad in the show said of her murder: "This kind of event pales into insignificance against something like that.
'A lovely woman'
Broadcaster Tania Bryer added: "Obviously all our thoughts are with her. We all feel so sad and miss her a lot."
Jill Dando's picture was the last image flashed on to the screen at the awards in a montage of British television figures who have died during the year.
Others included Ernie Wise, Patricia Hayes, Bryan Mosley (Coronation Street's Alf Roberts), Rod Hull, Derek Nimmo and the broadcasting mogul Lord Grade.
Parkinson a winner too
His chat show, a fixture of the BBC schedule during the 1970s, was revived last year and featured revealing encounters with former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, Northern Ireland Secretary Mo Mowlam, pop singer George Michael and film director Woody Allen.
The industry also honoured late funnymen Eric Morcambe and Ernie Wise at the awards, often known as "British television's Oscars".
Eric and Ernie honoured
"Never in their wildest dreams could they have imagined that 15 years after their last performance, we would be receiving this on their behalf," said Joan Morecambe.
Another posthumous award went to Father Ted star Dermot Morgan who died last year. Morgan's long-time girlfriend Fiona Clark and sister Denise collected his award for best comedy performance.
"More than anything in the whole world, we wish that Dermot were here," said his sister.
Father Ted also won the award for best comedy.
Still winning awards at 87
Dame Thora Hird won best actress for Waiting For The Telegram, her Talking Heads performance for Alan Bennett on BBC2.
Dame Thora, 87, has already won a best actress prize from the Royal Television Society for her performance in the series.
She beat Joanna Lumley, Francesca Annis and Natasha Little to the title, but was unable to attend the ceremony.
He had been up against Robert Carlyle, Albert Finney and Timothy Small.
ITV's ratings-busting Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? beat off stiff opposition to win the award for best light entertainment programme.
There were more plaudits for ITV's After Lockerbie programme, which won the Flaherty award for best documentary.
Surprisingly the prize for best live outside broadcast did not go to either the BBC or ITV's World Cup coverage but to Channel 4 for Derby day.
EastEnders comes top
The BBC's Dickens adaptation Our Mutual Friend was the most nominated programme, with nine mentions in 29 categories, which include 11 technical sections. It won the award for best drama serial.
Radio Times readers have been able to vote for the second Lew Grade Audience Award, named in honour of the TV and film mogul who died in December.
There was also acknowledgement for The Human Body, the documentary presented by Professor Robert Winston, which won best factual series and a special award for originality.
The British Academy of Film and Television split its awards this year; the film awards took place at the Business Design Centre, Islington on 11 April.
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