Bafta honour for French & Saunders

Second double act to win award after Eric & Ern

Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders are to be awarded with the highest Bafta honour, a Bafta Fellowship award.

At next Sunday's ceremony, they will become only the second comedy double act - after Morecambe and Wise – to scoop the prestigous accolade.

The pair have announced the dissolution of their partnership after 30 years. They said their Mamma Mia parody at this year's Red Nose Day would be their last sketch together, although they have an Australian tour coming up in June and July.

The Bafta Fellowship – which was established in 1971 and is rarely given to TV stars – is also being awarded for their individual TV work, including Absolutely Fabulous and the Vicar Of Dibley.

Published: 18 Apr 2009

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The charity fundraiser, usually held at the Comedy Store, launches an online version, with Mick Ferry as host.

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