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Northern companies triumph at Children’s BAFTAs

Northern companies Factory and Nine Lives Media were among the winners at the Children’s BAFTA awards last night.

Altrincham-based Factory won the Pre-School – Animation category for its work on the revival of Clangers, beating Hey Duggee, Lily’s Driftwood Bay and Peppa Pig.

Produced by Factory for Coolabi Productions Ltd, CBeebies, Smallfilms and Sprout, Clangers launched in June and ranked as the best-performing children’s programme on all channels for the first half of 2015.

Manchester’s Nine Lives won the Factual award for its ground-breaking CBBC doc My Life: I Am Leo, which tells the story of 13-year-old Leo, a boy born with a girl’s body and one of the first children in Britain to be prescribed hormone blockers to prevent him growing into a young woman.

There were other awards for a host of Northern-based BBC programmes, including Gigglebiz, Swashbuckle, Old Jack’s Boat and The Dumping Ground.

The full list of winners:

Comedy – GIGGLEBIZ Anna Perowne, Vanessa Amberleigh, Simon Brown – CBeebies/CBeebies

Performer – JESSICA RANSOM as Mary Queen of Scots in Horrible Histories – CBBC

Drama – KATIE MORAG Production Team – Move On Up/CBeebies

Entertainment – SWASHBUCKLE Martin Williams-Neale, Geoff Coward, Jon Hancock – CBeebies/CBeebies

Factual – I AM LEO (MY LIFE) Phil Niland, Cat Lewis, Lyndsay Rowan – Nine Lives Media/CBBC

International – GRAVITY FALLS Production Team – Disney XD/Disney XD

Animation – THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL Ben Bocquelet, Mic Graves, Sarah Fell – Great Marlborough Productions Ltd/Cartoon Network

Interactive (Adapted) – THE DUMPING GROUND: YOU’RE THE BOSS Development Team – CBBC Interactive/Somethin’ Else

Interactive (Original) – VIRRY Svetlana Dragayeva, Martin Percy, Joanna Fogler – Fountain Digital Labs / UNIT9

Film (Kids’ Vote) – Minions

Game (Kids’ Vote) – Minecraft

Television (Kids’ Vote) – The Next Step

Learning (Primary) – MY LIFE, MY RELIGION Dawn Langan – BBC Learning/BBC Two

Learning (Secondary) – POETRY: BETWEEN THE LINES Production Team – Somethin’ Else for BBC Learning/BBC Two

Pre-School Animation – CLANGERS Production Team – Coolabi Productions Limited/Factory/CBeebies

Pre-School Live Action – OLD JACK’S BOAT Paul Shuttleworth, Dermot Canterbury, Bernard Cribbins – CBeebies/CBeebies

Presenter – SAM NIXON AND MARK RHODES Sam & Mark’s Big Christmas Wind-Up – CBBC

Feature Film – PADDINGTON Paul King, David Heyman – Heyday Films/StudioCanal

Short Form – OOGLIES Cameron Fraser, Neil Jack, Bob Last – Ko Lik Films Two Ltd/CBBC

Game – SPLATOON Development Team – Nintendo/Nintendo

Independent Production Company – Somethin’ Else

Writer – GUY BURT Harriet’s Army – CBBC

Special Award – Jocelyn Stevenson

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