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Gary Barlow at Children's Baftas

Gary Barlow made a surprise appearance at the British Academy Children's Awards, to present CBeebies with channel of the year.

The channel had wins for ZingZillas in the interactive category and Timmy Time for pre-school animation.

And CBeebies' Justin Fletcher won best presenter for Something Special, beating off competition from last year's winner Richard Hammond who fronts Blast Lab.

CBBC won best animation for Shaun the Sheep, best drama for Tracy Beaker Returns, best entertainment for Relic: Guardians of the Museum and best factual programme for Newsround Special, Living With Alcohol.

Up won best feature film, beating competition from Fantastic Mr Fox, Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang and Toy Story 3.

Horrible Histories was the big winner at the British Academy Children's Awards tonight, taking home three awards.

The CBBC show picked up Bafta awards for best comedy, best writing team and for Jim Howick as best performer.

There was a special award for children's television presenter Brian Cant, who hosted Play School for 21 years from May 1964.

Bafta Chief Executive Amanda Berry said: "Brian Cant's work has touched generations of young people, their parents and grandparents, and his influence on the producers and presenters of the 21st century is arguably second to none."

Cant collected the award from former Blue Peter presenter and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Matt Baker.

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