British Academy Children’s Awards Nominees Revealed


LONDON: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has unveiled the nominations for this year’s British Academy Children’s Awards, which celebrate the best in kids’ media.

Earning three nominations for the second consecutive year is Horrible Histories for its special episode commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The special, titled Sensational Shakespeare, is nominated in the comedy, writing and performer categories, with the latter for Tom Stourton’s portrayal of the Bard. Three nods were also given to online educational platform TrueTube, in the learning: secondary category for Katie, the drama category for Refugee and for best channel of the year.

Several programs earned two nominations each: The Amazing World of Gumball for animation and writer; Hetty Feather for drama and writer; Clangers for writer and preschool animation; The Dog Ate My Homework for comedy and presenter (Iain Stirling); and Operation Ouch! for factual and presenter (Alexander and Chris van Tulleken). The presenter category also includes Naomi Wilkinson for Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature and Maggie Aderin-Pocock for CBeebies Stargazing.

The feature film nominations are Zootropolis, The Good Dinosaur, The Jungle Book and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Star Wars Arcade was nominated in the interactive: adapted category, while LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is up for best game. LEGO Dimensions is also in the game category alongside Ratchet & Clank and Tearaway Unfolded.

The British Academy Children’s Awards ceremony will be held at the Roundhouse in London on Sunday, November 20, and presented by British personality Doc Brown. A full list of this year’s nominees can be found on the BAFTA website. The BAFTA Kids’ Vote launched on October 18; children aged 7 to 14 can cast their votes online until November 18.