Winners of British Academy Children’s Award 2017 announced

Published on: 28th November 2017

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the winners of the annual awards.

The BBC property Hey Duggee won two BAFTAs for Best Pre-School Animation for the second year running.

Hosted at the Roundhouse, London, by presenters including Peter Andre, Matt Baker and Pixie Lott, awards were presented for a variety of categories including Factual, Animation, Feature Film and Learning.

Hey Duggee collected the award in Pre-School Animation, and the interactive app Hey Duggee: We Love Animals won for Interactive, while the animated films of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes won in the Animation category.

Henrietta Hurford-Jones, director of children’s content at the BBC, commented: “We’re delighted that Hey Duggee has won best animation for a second year, and to get recognition for the app is the icing on the cake. Adults and children around the world love the show because it combines learning through play with a gently British sense of humour.”

Blue Zoo Animation Studio won for Independent Production Company of the Year, its first win at the awards following nominations in 2014 and 2016. Pokémon Go won in the Game category, having won a BAFTA at the 2017 British Academy Games Awards earlier this year.

CITV also won two BAFTAs: Bear Grylls’ Survival School won in the Entertainment category, and Share a Story 2016 won in Short Form, the fourth BAFTA for the programme in this category having previous won in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

In other categories, SpongeBob SquarePants triumphed in International, and online education channel TrueTube won Channel of the Year, the first time the category has gone to an online-only channel.

Meanwhile, Dame Jacqueline Wilson received the Special Award for her outstanding contribution to children’s media. The esteemed writer was presented the award by Michelle Collins, who played the title role in the TV adaptation Illustrated Mum.


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