If you are going to have someone sing your praises then one of the most successful writers on the planet is probably as good a person as any…
Harry Potter author JK Rowling will be one of those paying tribute to Peter Kay in a special BBC1 programme dedicated to the Bolton comic airing on Christmas Eve.
Rowling is an old friend of Kay’s and in 2009 was pictured dancing with him at a charity ball (below).
And in 2011 she was spotted watching Take That perform at Glasgow’s Hampden Park with the comedian.
The profile show, Peter Kay: 20 Years of Funny, will chart the Phoenix Nights and Car Share star’s life from his childhood growing up in Bolton, via the places and people who have influenced him, to his rise “to become a household name and national treasure”.
Other names expected to “share their insights into just what makes Peter tick” include Four Weddings and a Funeral and Love, Actually scriptwriter Richard Curtis and author and broadcaster Danny Baker.
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.