QI presenter and general genius, Fry, hosted the event from 2001 to 2006 and is said to be “honoured and pleased to return to the lectern”.
An important precursor for the Oscars and the UK’s biggest film and TV bash, the BAFTA is often bemoaned as the poor man’s version of the American awards bestowed on the industry later in the year.
But Fry is a staunch defender of the British awards: “Hard as it may be for some characteristically sceptical Britons to believe, the BAFTAs have real kudos, reputation and cachet all over the world of film-making.”
As for Ross, he has said that he “thoroughly enjoyed” hosting the ceremony and wishes his colleague all the best…weally?
Next year’s BAFTAs will be broadcast on Sunday February 12 on BBC One.