Horrible Histories, Peppa Pig and Operation Ouch! are among the kids series shortlisted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) for the 20th British Academy Children’s Awards.
The winners will be revealed at a November 22 awards ceremony in London hosted by English rapper, actor, screenwriter and voiceover artist Ben Bailey Smith, better known as Doc Brown.
CBBC’s sketch comedy Horrible Histories (pictured) leads the pack with a total of three nominations, two of which are in 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.
With two nominations, Peppa Pig is once again being saluted in the Preschool: Animation category, as well as in the writing 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 and Mark Rhodes are also presenter nominees for their Sam & Mark’s Big Friday Wind-Up‘s Christmas special, which picks up a nomination in the Entertainment category, too.
Also scoring double nominations is The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm, based on the children’s books by Norman Hunter, which is nominated for Comedy, while Harry Hill is nominated in the title role, and wartime children’s drama Harriet’s Army received nominations in both the drama and writer categories.
Also in the drama category is The Dumping Ground, with its associated game The Dumping Ground: You’re The Boss now having a place within the Interactive: Adapted category.
Meanwhile, the international category features three first-time nominees: Clarence, Gravity Falls and Nowhere Boys, which are joined by return nominee Adventure Time, whose mobile app, Adventure Time Game Wizard, is also nominated in the Game genre alongside Splatoon, Yoshi’s Woolly World and Minecraft Console Edition.
Other first-time nominees in the Preschool: Animation category include classic remake The Clangers, Lily’s Driftwood Bay and Hey Duggee. CBeebies Elves and the Shoemaker, My Pet and Me, and Topsy and Tim also have an inaugural debut in Preschool: Live Action along with last year’s winner, Old Jack’s Boat.
Four films nominated in the Feature Film category include Big Hero 6, Inside Out, Paddington and Shaun the Sheep: The Movie. The Shaun brand has also picked up a consecutive nomination for Animation, where it is accompanied by The Amazing World of Gumball, Strange Hill High and Mr Bean: The Animated Series.
As for the Channel of the Year award, the nominees are Cartoon Network, Cyw, CBeebies and CBBC. And the Independent Production Company shortlist includes Factory, Lime Pictures, Pretzel TV and Somethin’ Else.
Earlier this week, the door was opened for the BAFTA Kids Vote, where children ages seven to 14 are invited to cast their votes on the BAFTA Kids website.
A full list of this year’s nominees is available here.