CBeebies wins Channel of the year; CN wins best animation at Children’s BAFTA

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the winners from this year’s British Academy Children’s Awards, which took place at London’s Roundhouse over the weekend.


Cartoon Network’s hit series The Amazing World of Gumball scored two wins, for best animation and best writer. CBBC’s Horrible Histories special episode celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death won for best comedy. The drama award went to TrueTube’s Refugee, marking the first time the category has been won by an online channel. The victor in the factual category was the CBBC documentary The Boy on the Bicycle (My Life).

First-time BAFTA winner Nick James was recognized for his role in CBBC’s Hank Zipzer. Iain Stirling, another first-time winner, was named best presenter for the CBBC game show The Dog Ate My Homework.

The independent production company of the year award went to Sixteen South, while CBeebies won best channel of the year for the fifth time. The film of the year was bagged by Zootropolis.

The 2016 British Academy Children’s Awards ceremony, hosted by Doc Brown, took place on Sunday, November 20. Presenters included Gordon Ramsay, Steve Backshall, Ore Oduba, Ashley Kendall, Emma Willis, Tom and Giovanna Fletcher, and Laura Whitmore.