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Scottish Comedian and television personality Billy Connolly is to be honoured by The National Television Awards.

ITV say the award will honour Connolly’s remarkable career so far and celebrate his 50 years as a unique, much-loved and highly respected performer. He will be the recipient of the Special Recognition Award at the Dermot O’Leary hosted 21st NTA’s when they are broadcast later this month from the O2 London.

Long-time friend and colleague Dustin Hoffman will be flying in especially from Los Angeles to present the award, while many of Billy’s friends and celebrity fans have recorded film tributes that will be screened at the NTAs.

One supporter is writer / broadcast Armando Iannucci, who said;

“It’s unbelievable and yet no surprise that we’re celebrating fifty years of Billy Connolly. Because he doesn’t compromise, because he doesn’t fit a label, he has no shelf life, he’s not part of a phase. He’s unique. You can’t really sum him up. The only way you can explain him to someone is by saying, “just try and imagine Billy Connolly.”

The tribute to Billy Connolly, can be seen on the National Television Awards broadcasting on ITV, STV and UTV on Wednesday 20th January from 7.30pm

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