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Accolade for Comic Relief team

Comic Relief is to be recognised with an honorary prize at tonight's National Television Awards as the charity celebrates it 30th anniversary this year.

The organisation, founded by screenwriter Richard Curtis and comic actor Lenny Henry, will be given the annual Landmark Award at the prize ceremony.

It will be presented to Lenny, who continues to be a trustee of the charity, in recognition of what event organisers called its "groundbreaking work" in the UK and countries around the world.

Lenny - who presented the first ever Red Nose Day which was launched in 1988 - said: "We at Comic Relief are truly honoured to receive this amazing award to mark all the ridiculous things we have done to raise a stack of cash over the last three decades.

"But really this award is for the great British public who have gone to extraordinary lengths, year after year, raising millions to change lives. This award recognises their commitment to help others."

Awards organisers also announced today that they would give viewers a "major clue" about the identity of the killer of EastEnders character Lucy Beale in the latest twist of the whodunit.

The killer will finally be named next month as part of the soap's 30th anniversary celebrations.

BBC security staff are said to be due to bring the clue on stage during the ceremony after keeping it under lock and key.

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