Sunday, 20 April 2008

Star Spotting in London

There are people in this world who travel hundreds of miles for the chance of seeing their favourite celebrity. Today, if you happen to be in London, you only have to make your way to the London Palladium Theatre in Argyll Street. This most famous of theatres, just off Oxford Circus, is currently home to the hit West End musical “The Sound of Music” but, tonight, it is holding the prestigious BAFTA Television awards.

Hosted by comedian Graham Norton, the Academy Fellowship will be presented to veteran entertainer Bruce Forsyth who this year celebrates his 80th birthday and continues to present prime time TV show “Strictly Come Dancing” after 50 years on television.

Other stars hotly tipped to win awards are Dame Judi Dench for the costume drama “Cranford” which is nominated for four awards; Harry Hill for his madder than mad “TV Burp” show; Stephen Merchant - finally out of Ricky Gervais’s shadow - is up for Best Comedy Performance in “Extras”.

If you join the throng of expectant and adoring fans expect to see the stars of your favourite soaps (which are quaintly called Continuing Dramas by BAFTA!) but not Coronation Street which was controversially passed over for nomination this year. You may also catch sight of one or two international stars and homegrown talents such as Joanna Lumley, Rob Brydon, Patsy Palmer, Sid Owen, Alesha Dixon and Piers Morgan (I’m pushing the “talent” label at the end there!). Presenters, sports stars and a few musicians may be spotted among the actors, producers and directors.

Expect plenty of glamour on the red carpet for the most glittering television awards ceremony of 2008.

For those of you who would rather watch the stars arrive, win or lose and leave in the comfort of your own home, you can catch it on BBC1 at 8pm (not quite live in case somebody swears during their acceptance speech!)

p.s.the good people at the London Pass are currently offering a 30% discount on tickets for the Sound of Music. To find out more and to book your tickets click on the following link while the offer still lasts.

London Pass Theatre Offers

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