London – The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the nominations for the British Academy Children’s Awards, which honour the very best in children’s media. The ceremony will be held at the Roundhouse, London and will be hosted by British actor, writer and comedian Doc Brown. Leading the way with three nominations, for the second year in a row, is Horrible Histories for its special episode celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The gruesomely entertaining history show is nominated in the Comedy, Writing and Performer categories, with the latter for Tom Stourton’s portrayal of the Bard himself.
This year’s nominations also demonstrate the shift in how young audiences are consuming media with three nominations for online educational platform TrueTube. It receives nominations in the Learning: Secondary category for Katie, the Drama category for Refugee and also for Channel of the Year – the first nomination for an online-only channel.
A number of programmes received two nominations each: The Amazing World of Gumball, successful in both the Animation and Writer categories; Hetty Feather nominated in Drama and Writer; Clangers also nominated in Writer, with its second nomination in the Pre-school Animation category. School-based panel show The Dog Ate My Homework is nominated for Comedy with host Iain Stirling nominated in the Presenter category while Operation Ouch!, fronted by Alexander and Chris van Tulleken, receives nominations in both the Factual and Presenter categories for a consecutive year.
Completing the Presenter category are Naomi Wilkinson for Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature and first-time nominee Maggie Aderin-Pocock for CBeebies Stargazing. The Feature Film nominations are Zootropolis, The Good Dinosaur, The Jungle Bookand Star Wars: The Force Awakens.