Surprise surprise, Cilla Black is to receive a special BAFTA in honour of 50 year entertainment career.

The 70-year-old's first claim to fame was in 1964 when she released the number 1 songs Anyone Who Had a Heart and You're My World.

Black then went on to host  her own primetime series in 1968, before presenting  Saturday night TV show Blind Date and Surprise Surprise in the 1980s and 1990s.

BAFTA have announced they will present Black with a special recognition honour at their annual TV awards ceremony on the May 18.

Speaking about the accolade Black said: "I am thrilled to be honoured with this award - I am totally delighted. I've been very fortunate to have a long and full career in television and this means the world to me."

Previous recipients of the Bafta Special Award include Simon Cowell, journalist Jon Snow and Formula One commentator Murray Walker.