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Children's Awards Nominations Announced

22 October 2015
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The nominations for the 2015 British Academy Children's Awards have been announced. 

  • Three nominations for HORRIBLE HISTORIES
  • HARRIET’S ARMY, THE INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES OF PROFESSOR BRANESTAWM, OPERATION OUCH!, PEPPA PIG and SAM & MARK’S BIG FRIDAY WIND-UP each receive two nominations

London, 22 October 2015: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has today announced the nominations for the 20th British Academy Children’s Awards, which honour the very best in children’s media. The ceremony will be held at the Roundhouse, London, on Sunday 22 November and will be hosted by Doc Brown.

Leading the way with three nominations is Horrible Histories. The latest instalment of the gruesomely entertaining history show is nominated in both the Comedy and Writing categories for its special Magna Carta episode, while Jessica Ransom is nominated in the Performer category for her portrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots, later in the series.

A number of programmes have received two nominations each: Peppa Pig receives its ninth nomination for Preschool: Animation and its fourth in the Writer category; last year’s Factual winner, Operation Ouch!, is nominated once again in the same category and receives its first Presenter nomination for Drs. Alexander & Chris van Tulleken; Sam Nixon & Mark Rhodes are also Presenter nominees for their Christmas special of Sam & Mark’s Big Friday Wind-Up, which picks up a nomination in the Entertainment category too; and The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm, based on the children’s books by Norman Hunter, is nominated for Comedy, with Harry Hill nominated in the title role.

Also with two nominations is wartime children’s drama Harriet’s Army, which is nominated in both the Drama and Writer categories. Joining it in the Drama category is The Dumping Ground, with its associated game The Dumping Ground: You're The Boss featuring in the Interactive: Adapted category. The final two nominations for Drama are Wolfblood and the television adaptation of Katie Morag, based on the books by Mairi Hedderwick. Completing the Comedy category are All At Sea and Gigglebiz with Justin Fletcher. Justin’s House is also nominated in Entertainment along with pirate gameshow Swashbuckle and cookery show Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch.

The International category features three first-time nominees: Clarence, Gravity Falls, and Nowhere Boys. They are joined by past nominee, Adventure Time, whose accompanying mobile app, Adventure Time Game Wizard, is nominated in the Game category together with Splatoon, Yoshi’s Woolly World and Minecraft Console Edition. The Minecraft team was also presented with the YGD Hero Award at the Young Game Designers ceremony earlier this year.

There are more first-time nominees in the Preschool: Animation category where classic remake The Clangers is joined by Lily’s Driftwood Bay and Hey Duggee. CBeebies Elves and the Shoemaker, My Pet and Me and Topsy and Tim also make their debut in Preschool: Live Action along with last year’s winner, Old Jack’s Boat.

The four films nominated in the Feature Film category are: Big Hero 6, Inside Out, Paddington and Shaun the Sheep: The Movie. On the small screen, Shaun the Sheep also picks up a consecutive nomination for Animation, where it is joined by The Amazing World of Gumball, Strange Hill High and Mr Bean: The Animated Series based on the original comedy starring Rowan Atkinson and still voiced by the star.

The BAFTA Kids Vote launched earlier this week. Until 21 November, children aged seven to 14 can cast their votes at the new-look BAFTA Kids website – www.baftakids.org – which includes online challenges, competitions, and information on BAFTA’s year-round events and initiatives that give families an insight into creative excellence within film, television and games, through behind-the-scenes roadshows, workshops and masterclasses, and special hospice screenings.

The BAFTA Kids Vote is supported by its official media partner, Fun Kids Radio. Children can access exclusive content and competitions via www.funkidslive.com.



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About BAFTA Kids

BAFTA Kids is a programme of events and initiatives for families across the UK run by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, offering insight into creative excellence within film, television and games. The programme features behind-the-scenes roadshows, workshops and masterclasses with BAFTA-winning talent, online challenges and competitions, and special hospice screenings. Whereas BAFTA’s annual British Academy Children’s Awards recognise and celebrate excellence within these industries, BAFTA Kids is a trusted and accessible brand for families to explore and discover new, innovative and non-mainstream work, helping them deepen their appreciation of the films, television programmes and games they enjoy. www.baftakids.org