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RICHARD HAMMOND NOMINATED FOR FIRST BAFTA AS PRESENTER 

PREVIOUS BAFTA WINNERS DICK AND DOM TO HOST AWARDS 

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL RECEIVES FIRST EVER BAFTA NOMINATION 

VOTING FOR BAFTA KIDS’ VOTE OPENS TODAY

 

Tuesday 27 October 2009 - The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is delighted to announce the nominations for the 2009 EA British Academy Children's Awards, which will take place on Sunday 29 November at the London Hilton, Park Lane, London. 

The Awards are hosted for the first time by children’s favourite comedy duo Dick and Dom, who are also nominated  in the Entertainment category for The Legend of Dick and Dom.  The Awards are a celebration of the very best in children’s media including television, film, video games and online. 

The nominations comprise all aspects of children’s entertainment:  Animation, Channel of the Year, Drama, Entertainment, Factual, Feature Film, Independent Production Company, Interactive, International, Learning – Primary, Learning – Secondary, Pre-school Animation, Pre-school Live Action, Presenter, Short Form, Video Game and Writer. 

This year’s Drama nominations include Jaqueline Wilson’s Dustbin Baby, the story of a 14-year-old girl abandoned at birth who sets out on a journey of self discovery; S4C’s Rhestr Nadolig Wil (Wil’s Christmas List); the children’s sci-fi series The Sarah Jane Adventures and the true story of German boy band US5.  In the Feature Film category Bolt goes nose to tail with the animated film Coraline, High School Musical 3: Senior Year and Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. 

Meanwhile children’s favourite petrol-head Richard Hammond is nominated in the category of Presenter for Blast Lab, along with Steve Backshall for Deadly 60, CBeebies presenter Andy Day and Phil Gallagher who presents Mister Maker. 

From Horrid Henry to Horrible Histories,  Ben 10: Alien Force to Big and Small Online, de Blob to Dora the Explorer, Sorry I’ve Got No Head to Serious Ocean and Phineas and Ferb to Peppa Pig , this year’s nominations once again reflect the wonderful originality and creativity of children’s entertainment and programming (full list of nominations attached). 

In addition, this year’s Awards also welcome back the BAFTA Kids’ Vote where children get to have their say across a whole range of entertainment media in a nationwide poll to choose their favourite Film, Television Programme, Website and Video Game. Children aged between 7 and 14 years can place their votes via www.baftakidsvote.org   For the first time there will be a winner in each of the four categories. Last year close to 200,000 children voted. 

Voting for the BAFTA Kids’ Vote opens today (27 October 2009), and closes at noon on Monday 23 November 2009. 

The 2009 Awards will also feature the results of the highly successful children’s film-making initiative CBBC Me and My Movie in association with BAFTA where children are  encouraged to produce their own short films.  The winner will be announced at the Awards. 

This is the fourth year of the Academy’s successful partnership with Electronic Arts.

 

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