Writer, producer and Baby Cow co-founder Henry Normal is to receive a Special Award from BAFTA later this month.
Normal is being presented with the Award at a private event on 28th June, where he will discuss his career with comedian John Bishop.
His career includes co-writing and co-producing The Royle Family and The Mrs Merton Show.
Normal co-founded Baby Cow Productions Ltd with Coogan in 1999, and across his 17-year tenure as managing director, executive produced among others, Alan Partridge, Gavin & Stacey, Nighty Night, The Might Boosh, and Moone Boy; as well as theBAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated film Philomena (2013).
Speaking of the accolade, Normal said: “I'm stunned that BAFTA would give me such an honour. I've spent my days having a laugh with some of the country’s funniest people for over 20 years and have managed to get paid for it. I don't think I'll believe it fully until I'm displaying it matter-of-factly on the dinner table for my in-laws every time they visit.”
Krishnendu Majumdar, chair of BAFTA’s Television Committee, added: “Without Henry Normal, some of the finest and most distinctive British television comedies would not have been made. Across his career, he has taken creative risks to grow his craft and has consistently championed emerging talent by bringing much-celebrated comedy writers and performers to the forefront, such as James Corden, Ruth Jones, Noel Fielding, Caroline Aherne, Rob Brydon and Julia Davis. His contribution to the industry is enormous and I’m thrilled that he will be receiving this Special Award.”