Harry Potter wins big at Bafta children's awards

Animated shows Peppa Pig and The Amazing World of Gumball were also awarded at the Bafta ceremony

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two was one of a host of double winners at the Bafta children's awards on Sunday night.

The movie adaptation of the boy wizard's final adventure scooped the feature film prize, beating the likes of Kung Fu Panda 2, Tangled and its own predecessor, Deathly Hallows Part 1.

The blockbusting release also triumphed in the film category of the Bafta kids' vote, chosen by more than 400,000 7- to 14-year-olds in an online poll.

"Harry Potter is part of popular culture," said Warwick Davis, who played the role of Professor Filius Flitwick in the films, and who accepted the award.

"The series is going to leave a legacy for generations of children to enjoy. Look at Star Wars; the original movies are 30 years old, but we talk about them as though they were released recently. The Harry Potter films will be the same."

The animated series Peppa Pig and The Amazing World of Gumball were also double winners. The former claimed the pre-school animation award again, having previously won in 2005, and nine-year-old actress Harley Bird – the voice of the eponymous piglet – won best performer.

The Amazing World of Gumball, a surreal animated sitcom from Cartoon Networks, beat strong competition in the animation and writer categories.

"It's a really exciting time for children's comedy," said James Lamont, who penned Gumball with co-writer Jon Foster after working on the likes of Armstrong and Miller and School of Comedy.

"Shows like Horrible Histories and Sorry I've Got No Head are attacking comedy in the way that adult programmes attack comedy. They have different sensibilities, but they have the same standards. It's not comedy for kids anymore, it's kids' comedy, and that's important."

CBBC natural history programme Deadly 60 won in the factual programme and presenter categories.

The show's format, in which presenter Steve Backshall gets as close as possible to the world's deadliest animals, has proved immensely popular with children since its debut in 2009.

After receiving the award, series producer John Miller told the Guardian: "You have to be honest with children. I've worked on a lot of natural history programmes where you'll get out and do a beautiful shot of the car driving past, but that's not real. We said, no, the audience has always got to be in the car with the presenter.

"So we got a lot more cameras involved – there are three cameras filming all the time, and you see all the things that go wrong as well as right. I wanted to make the kids feel that they're at the heart of it, that they're part of the gang. We just had to be careful about the number of animals we showed attacking and eating each other."

Video games were also recognised on the night. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean won in the main video game category, while dancing game Just Dance 2 claimed the kids' vote prize.

For the second year running, Bafta also held a young game designers competition, encouraging school children to devise their own game concepts. The prize was won by three students from the City of London school whose surreal platform puzzles game, Rollin Scotch, tasks players with controlling a roll of sticky tape as it traverses a wild west environment. The design will now be prototyped by developers at the University of Abertay.

Other winners included Cbeebies for channel of the year, critically acclaimed sketch show Horrible Histories for comedy and CBBC's Just William adaptation in drama.

The BBC's 40-year-old news bulletin Newsround was honoured with a special award, collected by series creator Edward Barnes as well as original presenter John Craven and current frontman, Ore Oduba.


Keith Stuart

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