Of course, I’m delighted that Ian McKellen, already a Knight, has been made a Companion of Honour, and that Parky has become a Knight.
But the award in the New Year’s Honours which I was most pleased to see was the CBE for Leslie Phillips.
Going right back to the days of “The Navy Lark” on the radio, Leslie has given so much joy to the millions who have seen and heard him. And he’s a fine straight actor too, as his rarer dramatic outings have shown.
I thank him for the many great laughs he has given me. This honour is well deserved.