|Van Dyke and Julie Andrews in the original Mary Poppins|
It's about time! Dick Van Dyke has finally apologised for his abysmal attempts at a cockney accent as Bert the chimney sweep in Disney's 1964 Mary Poppins.
Amazingly no one told him at the time that he sounded ridiculous.
"'I was working with an entire English cast and nobody said a word, not Julie Andrews, not anybody said I needed to work on it, so I thought I was alright," he says.
The American actor, 91, who has been chosen by Bafta to receive The Britannia Award For Excellence In Television adds: "I appreciate this opportunity to apologise to the members of Bafta for inflicting on them the most atrocious cockney accent in the history of cinema."