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Rose awards for Geldof and Python
Bob Geldof
Bob Geldof will receive the award at a ceremony in May
Singer Bob Geldof and the creators of Monty Python are to be honoured at the 50th Golden Rose television festival in Lucerne, Switzerland in May.

Geldof will receive the Golden Rose Charity Award, which is being presented in remembrance of Sir Peter Ustinov.

The actor and racconteur was due to receive the honour last year, but died two months before the festival.

The Monty Python team, including John Cleese and Terry Jones, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Geldof will receive the award in honour of his humanitarian work. "Having previously won the Golden Rose for television, it's nice, but weird, to win the award for politics," he said.

Breakthrough year

"I am particularly pleased to accept it this year because 2005 has the potential for being a breakthrough year for Africa, and this award helps to highlight the singular condition of unnecessary, abject poverty that most Africans endure."

Geldof will be presented with the award by Harry Belafonte, a Unicef goodwill ambassador, on 7 May.

Monty Python
Monty Python's influence won them an honorary Rose d'Or in 1995

The Monty Python team are also former winners at the festival, having been presented with the Golden Rose in 1971 and an honorary Golden Rose in 1995.

"I am delighted that Monty Python's Flying Circus is to be inducted into the Golden Rose Hall of Fame," said Terry Jones, who is scheduled to attend the event.

"Me and the whole Python team were delighted with our wins at the festival, and it will be a pleasure to revisit the Rose d'Or and relive those memories as the show and the whole team are honoured and remembered in this new and very special way."

ITV, who are celebrating 50 years in the broadcasting industry, will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame, in recognition of the channel's enduring popularity.

"This year's festival provides us with the perfect backdrop for unveiling our anniversary plans and we are very much looking forward to the event in Lucerne," said ITV's Director of Programmes Nigel Pickard.

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