Robin Williams OK after heart op

Tour set to resume this autumn

Rob Brydon, David Mitchell, Harry Hill and The IT Crowd are among the stars and shows nominated for Baftas today.

Mitchell has been shortlisted for his role in Peep Show – but co-star Robert Webb hasn’t made the list. However, both Peep Show and That Mitchell And Webb Look are up for best sitcom and best comedy programme respectively.

Brydon was shortlisted for his role in Gavin & Stacey – perhaps surprisingly the only nomination the much-praised sitcom landed.

Hancock and Joan – the dramatised BBC Four account of the affair between Tony Hancock and John Le Mesurier’s wife – won three nominations: best single drama, best actor for Ken Stott and Maxine Peake for best actress. The companion drama, The Curse Of Steptoe, won Jason Isaacs a best actor nomination.

Meanwhile, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is in the running for best international show, opposite Dexter, Med Men and The Wire.

The full shortlists the comedy and entertainment categories are:

COMEDY PROGRAMME: Harry and Paul, The Peter Serafinowicz Show, Star Stories, That Mitchell and Webb Look

SITUATION COMEDY: The Inbetweeners, The IT Crowd, Outnumbered, Peep Show

COMEDY PERFORMANCE: Rob Brydon for Gavin & Stacey, Sharon Horgan for Pulling, David Mitchell for Peep ShowaRobin Williams’s three-hour heart operation has been declared a success, with the comic now expected to make a full recovery.

The 57-year-old is sey to resume his American stand-up tour following the surgery to replace an aortic valve earlier this month. He is currently recovering at Ohio's Cleveland Clinic.

Surgeon Marc Gillinov said: ‘Mr Williams’s operation went extremely well and we expect him to make a full recovery. His heart is strong and he will have normal heart function in the coming weeks with no limitations on what he'll be able to do.’

He added: ‘A couple of hours after surgery, he was entertaining the medical team and making us all laugh.’

Robin Williams postponed his tour, Weapons Of Self-Destruction, earlier this month after complaining of shortness of breath. Doctors then decided he needed surgery.

On his website, Williams said: ‘The professionals at the University of Miami Hospital and ultimately at the Cleveland Clinic were all fantastic. I can’t thank them enough for their kindness and dedication while I was in their care.

‘I must also thank all the people who have expressed their love and concern for me. I have been deeply touched by their support.

‘I got some great new material for the tour and can’t wait to get back on the road. I’m thinking the next leg of the tour will be Weapons of Self-Destruction and Reconstruction’

The operation, which also repaired Williams’s mitral valve and corrected his irregular heartbeat, took place on March 13.

His tour is expected to resume in the autumn.

Published: 24 Mar 2009

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