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Horrible Histories leads British Academy Children's Awards

CBBC's Horrible Histories leads the 20th British Academy Children's Awards with three nominations.

The acclaimed show, an anarchic take on some of history's most gruesome moments, is nominated in both the comedy and writing categories for its special Magna Carta episode.

In the performer category, Jessica Ransom is nominated for her portrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots in Horrible Histories.

The episode marked 800 years of the historic document and included comedian Ben Miller showing off his rapping skills.

Horrible Histories' Ransom will compete with Harry Hill, who is up for an award for his title role as an eccentric scientist in BBC One's The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm.

Based on the children's books by Norman Hunter, The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm is also nominated for comedy.

Perennial children's favourite Peppa Pig receives its ninth nomination in the preschool: animation category.

The show, about an anthropomorphic little girl pig, her family and her friends, also has its fourth nod in the writer category.

Of the first-time nominees, the preschool: animation category sees the remake of Clangers, voiced by Michael Palin.

The stop-motion animation about the pink, mouse-like creatures who communicate in whistles were first seen on television in 1969. The new series of Clangers is broadcast on CBeebies.

Operation Ouch!, last year's factual winner, is nominated once again in the same category and receives its first presenter nomination for Doctors Alexander and Chris van Tulleken.

Former Pop Idol stars Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes are presenter nominees for their Christmas special of Sam & Mark's Big Friday Wind-Up, which also picks up a nomination in the entertainment category.

Gigglebiz with Justin Fletcher competes in the comedy category. Fletcher's show Justin's House is also nominated in entertainment.

The international category features three first-time nominees: Australian teen drama Nowhere Boys and American animated series Clarence and Gravity Falls.

Meanwhile, Paddington and Shaun the Sheep battle it out for best feature film, with the latter's TV version nominated in the animation category.

The awards, which honour the very best in children's media, will be held at London's Roundhouse on Sunday November 22.

Here are a selection of nominees

:: Performer

Gus Barry

Harry Hill

Jessica Ransom

Poppy Lee Friar

:: Animation

The Amazing World of Gumball

Mr Bean The Animated Series

Shaun the Sheep

Strange Hill High

:: Channel of the Year

Cartoon Network




:: Comedy

All At Sea


Horrible Histories Special

The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm.

:: Drama

The Dumping Ground

Harriet's Army

Katie Morag


:: Entertainment

Justin's House

Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch

Sam & Mark's Big Friday Wind-Up


:: Factual

Being Me: A Newsround Special

I am Leo (My Life)

Mr Alzheimers and Me (My Life)

Operation Ouch!

:: Feature Film

Big Hero 6

Inside Out


Shaun the Sheep

View the full list of nominations at Bafta's official website


From Belfast Telegraph