Victoria Wood and Black Country actress Julie Walters are to receive the honour for Outstanding Contribution to Comedy at this year's British Comedy Awards.
The duo will be recognised for a body of work which has spanned the last 25 years, from Talent, in 1979, which Wood wrote as a vehicle for the pair, to this year's West End musical Acorn Antiques.
They have also paired up for Wood and Walters (1982), Victoria Wood As Seen On TV (1985), Victoria Wood's All Day Breakfast (1992), Pat and Margaret (1994), Dinnerladies (1998) and Victoria Wood With All The Trimmings (2000).
A host of stars are set to attend next Wednesday's 16th annual British Comedy Awards, which pits Extras against Little Britain.
Ricky Gervais' follow-up to The Office has bagged a record five nominations, for Best Comedy, New Comedy, TV Comedy Actor, Comedy Actress and Comedy Newcomer. Gervais is up against David Walliams and Matt Lucas for Best TV Comedy, as well as Best TV Comedy Actor for the second consecutive year.
Ant and Dec, Catherine Tate, Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh, Les Dennis, Kath and Kim star Jane Turner, and Gervais and Office co- star Ashley Jensen are among the stars turning up for the bash, hosted by Jonathan Ross.
Wood, aged 52, who is a Birmingham University graduate, won the TV talent show New Faces in 1973 but struggled for years in theatre, where she met Walters, then a relatively unknown actress.
The pair were given their own show, Wood and Walters in 1982, but it lasted only one series. The next year Walters, aged 55, shot to fame in the film Educating Rita, opposite Michael Caine.
Her film roles have included Calendar Girls, Harry Potter and Billy Elliot.