Stars Get Together for a Night to Remember

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Birmingham once again played host to stars from across the Broadcasting Industry at the Royal Television Society Midlands Centre Awards.

Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson, joined actors Geoffrey Bayldon, Sarah Parish, Colin Buchanan, television presenter Nick Owen plus other celebrities who were attending the event at the ICC.

Presented for the second year running by Wheel of Fortune host John Leslie, the annual awards dinner was the opportunity for the 450 guests to acknowledge achievements in television production, presentation and performance

Chairwoman of the Royal Television Society Midlands Centre Ms Dorothy Hobson said: "This was a real night to remember.

"So many terrific programmes are produced in the region and we had the opportunity to celebrate and reward great television production."

The Baird Medal was awarded this year to Mr Barry Edgar whose credits include Producer of BBC Gardener's World, first producer of the Cheltenham Festival, Grandstand and the creator of Come Dancing.

The citation from Mr Peter Cairns was followed by commendations from friends and colleagues including Bob Monkhouse and Terry Wogan.

Mr Edgar joined the BBC in 1946 after working at Birmingham Repertory Theatre and moved to BBC Television Outside Broadcasts in 1948, directing and commentating at the Olympics held in London that year. …