World hails BBC's 'Mr Comedy'

International honour for producer Plowman

Veteran BBC comedy producer Jon Plowman is to receive one of the top honours in international television.

The executive behind such hits as Absolutely Fabulous, The Office and Little Britain will receive the lifetime achievement award at the 29th Banff World Television Festival.

Plowman recently quit as head of comedy at the BBC after 14 years with the corporation to concentrate on producing. His other credits include Shooting Stars, Goodness Gracious Me, People Like Us, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, The Thick Of It and Comic Relief.

He said of his Banff honour, to be awarded in the Canadian town on June 9: ‘ I have spent my entire career in broadcasting in roles that I have been privileged to hold.

‘It is an honour to be recognised for a fulfilling career by a festival that celebrates the best in our industry.’

Jennifer Harkness, executive director of the festival, said: ‘Jon's vision, humour and creativity have played a pivotal role in the transformation of our industry.

‘We cannot think of a more deserving recipient for this year's award, and are thrilled to be able to bring Jon's wit and experience to our delegates.’

Through his shows, Plowman has won four Baftas, three Royal Television Society awards and a Golden Globe for The Office.

Previous winners of the Banff lifetime achievement award have included Sir David Attenborough.

Published: 13 Feb 2008

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