Last night, Michael presented Terry J with his BAFTA Cymru Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television, acknowledging Terry J’s 50 years of contribution to film and TV.
In his speech, Michael shared fond memories of his friendship and work with Terry: “My friend Terry has really come home tonight. He was always very proud of his Welshness, even though John Cleese used to think it was the root of all his problems… We were both at Oxford… I was immediately drawn to him. Life seemed more exciting when Terry was around… When Monty Python came together in 1969, Terry quickly established himself at the very heart of the group… When the first series eventually came out it was Terry who made sure that he recorded and stored the videos of all the programmes in his garage… [Terry’s] force of character and tireless workaholism kept us all up to the mark and the results were “Holy Grail” and “Life of Brian”… One of Terry’s finest creations is from “The Meaning of Life.” It was the song “Every Sperm is Sacred.” In coming to the end of his speech, Mike said, “Terry has been relentlessly prolific, whilst remaining the nicest man, and the most wonderful friend. For all the joy and the pleasure and the laughter and the stimulation he’s brought to so many people, I can think of no one more worthy of recognition tonight.”
Terry’s son, Bill, accompanied him to the stage to collect the award. On being handed the award Terry jokingly held it up to his face as a mask.
Bill, on Terry’s behalf, thanked everyone, adding: “I know it’s a great honor for dad to win this award. The struggles we’ve been going through … We are so proud of him.”
John Cleese tweeted congratulations to “Terry ‘Creosote’ Jones, a hugely imaginative writer, a great Monty Python director, the best Pepperpot, and a lovely friend.”