16 June 2010 7:29 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Read the full text of Stephen Fry's 2010 annual television lecture

Oh ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much. I don't know what source John uses. It was a temporary blip. I have 370,000 more followers than Sarah Brown as of this morning but I wish her well. My lords, ladies, honoured guests, dears and darlings, it's an extraordinary honour to be asked to deliver this BAFTA lecture. Honours of course are responsibilities. They can be poisoned chalices, they can be vulnerable hostages to a malicious fortune. After all, there is really no greater honour on earth than being asked to keep goal for England.

There is as far as I know no profession in this country that likes to talk about itself more than broadcasting. Over the past few years I've been asked if I might consider contributing to talks, lectures, speeches, panels and other debates, disquisitions, discourses, diatribes and discussions all over the country. »

- Stephen Fry

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