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Wallace & Gromit Win Another BAFTA

WALLACE AND GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT has won another BAFTA award, picking up the Feature Film award at The British Academy Children's Film and Television Awards in association with Electronic Arts. The film, which also won the British Film BAFTA at the Film Awards earlier this year, beat THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST to the honor.

However, it was HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE that won this year's BAFTA Kids' Vote in association with Electronic Arts, the only public award of the ceremony. Almost 100,000 children under 16 voted for their favorite film from a shortlist of ten, through the CiTV, CBBC, Nickelodeon and EA/BAFTA websites. The last time a film from the HARRY POTTER series won the BAFTA Kids' Vote was in 2003 for HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS.

In two of the new categories launched this year, Nickelodeon UK collected the Channel of the Year award, withstanding competition from CBBC, CBeebies and Nick Jr U.K., while Darrall MacQueen won the Independent Production Company of the Year award.

Commenting on Nickelodeon's win, Howard Litton, gm/director of channels, Nickelodeon U.K., said, "Through our in-house team and family of brilliant independents, we're lucky enough to be home to some of the greatest talents in children's television. These awards are testament to the brilliant team at Nickelodeon. It's been an exceptional year for Nickelodeon U.K. -- and here's to a fantastic 2007."

The International award was presented to LAZY TOWN, while the Interactive category was won by LEVEL UP. THE AMAZING ADRENALINI BROTHERS! collected the coveted BAFTA mask in the Animation category and Peter Tabern won the Writer award for JOHNNY AND THE BOMB. PURPLE AND BROWN was victorious in the new Short Form category. The Pre-School Animation award was presented to POCOYO. In the Learning categories, the winners were MAPPING OUR WORLD FOR LEARNING PRIMARY and TIMELINES: EMPIRE FOR LEARNING SECONDARY.

A complete list of winners can be found at www.bafta.org.

The ceremony was held at the London Hilton Park Lane on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006, and was hosted by children's presenter Reggie Yates. Guest presenters included Charlie Clements, Burn Gorman, Alex Pettyfer, Kelly Brook, Richard Armitage and Shaun Woodward MP. A musical performance was provided by Angelis.

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