The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) have announced the nominations for the annual British Academy Children’s Awards, honouring the very best of children’s media in 2013.
Ahead of the competition this year with four nominations is the supernatural drama Wolfblood, which is up for the Best Drama and Writer awards, as well as gaining Best Performance nominations for Bobby Lockwood and Aimee Kelly. Peppa Pig comes in a close second though with three nominations for Best Pre-School Animation and Writer. The programme’s also up for the Multi-platform award, thanks to the Peppa Pig’s Holiday mobile app.
Programmes which have secured double nominations are: The Amazing World of Gumball which has been nominated in the Writer and Animation categories, Hacker Time, which has been praised for its Comedy as well as the performance of Phil Fletcher, and Stepping Up for great Writing and Drama. Horrible Histories, always a popular choice, has been nominated in the Comedy category too, as well as its spin-off show Horrible Histories: Gory Games, which is a contender in the Entertainment category.
In other areas, BAFTA’s most awarded children’s presenter Justin Fletcher, could be bagging himself more accolades, because he is nominated in two categories this year. He’ll be up against Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes from Sam and Mark’s Big Friday Wind-Up, Blue Peter‘s Barney Harwood and Chris Jarvis who has received his first BAFTA nomination for Show Me Show Me.
The BAFTA Kids’ Vote has also been launched. Children between the ages of seven and 14 years of age can have their say in the nationwide poll to pick their favourite film, television programme, game and website. Shortlisted films this year include Despicable Me 2, Monsters University and Iron Man 3, while the shortlisted television programmes include The Dumping Ground, Jessie, Wizards vs. Aliens and Horrid Henry.
This year the awards will be hosted by television presenter Jake Humphrey, who is happy to be involved, because it’s a way to “say thank you to children’s TV for the career it has given me. We all remember the shows we watched as children; for me it was Pigeon Street, Knightmare, and Live & Kicking. The fact these memories are so strong 25 years later is a reminder of the deep impact children’s programming has on the audience.”
The British Academy Children’s Awards will take place Sunday 24 November 2013.